I love tomatoes… I just do. To me, cutting up a few tomatoes on the side constitutes a complete salad in my book. I can go through a whole pack of Costco tomatoes in a week… all by myself.
I also love taking a simple, delicious recipe and using it in various ways – exciting flavors enjoyed in various formats. And that’s what this Basic Italian Tomato Salad is…
What makes it Italian?? Well, the Italian ingredients – white balsamic vinegar, mini fresh mozzarella pieces and Italian Seasonings.
BASIC ITALIAN TOMATO SALAD
4 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped into large pieces – if you have heirloom tomatoes, all the better 1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil 2 tsp of white balsamic vinegar – regular balsamic will also work here A pinch of fresh basil – I also use the freeze-dried kind ½ tsp of Italian Seasonings 1 tsp of salt Freshly cracked Black Pepper 1 clove of garlic, grated – optional About 16 pieces of mini fresh mozzarella pieces
- In a medium sized bowl, combine all the ingredients. Toss to combine. Allow for the mixture to marinate and create a juice/sauce in the bottom of the bowl.
- Combine with mozzarella pieces in a plate. Drizzle some extra olive oil on top when plating.
Sometimes I add the cheese pieces in with the rest of the ingredients to marinate too… it’s up to you. This is a very delicious and versatile combination that you will use over and over again.
Then you can take this Salad and use it in: an Italian sandwich with ciabatta bread, an Italian panzanella salad, a delicious Italian tomato/mozzarella pasta…