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Flavorful Fridays: Tomatoes, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad

September 23, 2011

September is a great month. Aside from celebrating Will’s birthday, it’s a great time for produce where we live. Because the days are still warm and beautiful, we have heirloom tomatoes and basil that are still ripe and fresh at the farmers’ market.

A few weeks ago, I needed to use up a tomato and some last few leaves of basil before my visit to the farmers’ market the following day. I had a little wedge of mozzarella left over from making pizza earlier in the week, and I decided to make a tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad. It’s super easy and quick to make, and it tastes so fresh, reminiscent of the early days of summer. I drizzled a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top for extra flavor, not that these ingredients needed it. I hope you give this salad a try and enjoy those last few weeks of warm, summer weather!

Tomatoes, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad

2 large heirloom tomatoes, diced

1 cup basil, julienned

1 cup mozzarella, grated

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

Dice tomatoes and place in salad bowl. Julienne basil leaves and add to bowl. Grate mozzarella cheese and add to tomatoes and basil in bowl. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top, adding salt and pepper to taste. Toss, serve, and enjoy!

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