Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
This is one of the easiest side salads, or even main dishes that you'll be able to pull together. Great with pasta or even by itself, how can you go wrong with fresh tomatoes, yummy cheese and a light tasty salad dressing?
This dish is perfect for hot summer days, picnics with your family, and even dinner parties. It only takes a few minutes to pull together at the last moment, and will certainly be the hit of the party.
As I've started growing my own tomatoes here at the house, I've been trying to take advantage of all of the scrumptious tomato recipes I can to enjoy them to the fullest.
Tomatoes have so much to offer! What would truly make this recipe the best is to use a variety of colorful cherry and beef-steak tomatoes to really give that fresh off the vine look and taste.
I purposely bought blue tomatoes (all the rage right now I've been told), and bright orange cherry tomatoes so give my sauces, jams, dips and salads that bright, fun look.
- 3 medium tomatoes
- 15 or so small cherry tomatoes
- 16 ounces mozzarella cheese, (I use pull-apart cheese sticks.)
- 1/2 cup basil, fresh or dried
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar
- pinch salt and pepper
- Slice up your medium tomatoes into small pieces. I typically do this by chopping my medium tomatoes into quarters, slice them as thin as I can and then chop them in half again. (They could also be chopped or diced if you prefer.)
- Chop all cherry tomatoes in half or in quarters, depending on your preference.
- Tear up your cheese sticks, or chop up your mozzarella into small pieces.
- Toss all tomatoes and your cheese pieces in a large bowl.
- Mix your olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, and basil in a bottle with a pour top. Shake well. You can also easily mix your ingredients in a bowl really well.
- Pour your dressing over the top of your tomatoes and cheese, and serve.
- If you choose to use fresh basil leaves rather than the dried version, mix these in the bowl with your tomatoes and cheese before mixing and pouring your dressing.
|Serving size: 2 medium tomatoes|
|Calories from Fat||99|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 11 g||17%|
|Saturated fat 4 g||20%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 11 g||4%|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 8 g||16%|
|Cholesterol 20 mg||7%|
|Sodium 79 mg||3%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
This is a great salad alternative for those times when you don't have fresh lettuce around the house, and especially if you grow your own fresh veggies!
Really make this recipe your own by throwing in some black olives, colorful sweet peppers, or even fresh crunchy onions to give this dish an extra kick that your family will love!
We love Italian dishes, and this is a great one that's not so heavy but still full of the vibrant tomato flavor that makes them the star of the show.
Check out some of my other tomato themed recipes like my Avocado Chicken Tacos with cherry tomatoes, my Sweet Tomato Jam, my Caramelized Tomato Bruschetta, my Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce, and my Mango Tomato Salsa.
Boy have I been loving some tomatoes lately! I hope some of these great recipes help you to do so as well! Enjoy!
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