This must be my month of basil and tomato recipes.
I was trying to figure out how to use up all my basil and tomatoes from my garden.
This classic Italian salad fits the bill.
I love it with everything.
Maybe because it goes with everything.
It is a versatile recipe that is very easy to make.
I want to say this makes a great Lent recipe, but I don’t ever eat this during Lent.
You see, tomatoes are not ripe when lent comes around and I only eat this salad during the summer.
When it is at its freshest.
It is when tomatoes are ripe and plentiful. No hot house tomatoes in this recipe.
So if you don’t have a garden, maybe a neighbor is nice enough to give you some home grown tomatoes, Either way go out and get some fresh mozzarella and some basil.
You will be glad you did.
1 pound fresh mozzarella
4 large ripe tomatoes
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Slice the mozzarella and tomatoes into thin slices.
In a clear bowl layer a few tomatoes on the bottom. Sprinkle a few pinches of salt on top followed by a few grinds of pepper. Layer a few slices of Mozzarella cheese over top of the tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil over top of the mozzarella. Then layer basil leaves over top of the mozzarella slices. Then start all over with more tomatoes, salt, pepper, mozzarella, olive oil and basil leaves. Continue until everything is in the bowl. End with fresh basil leaves.
Peace be with you,