Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tomato Mozzarella Salad



As a tomato lover, caprese salads automatically make it into my top ten favorite salads.  In this casual version of the tomato mozzarella salad I used heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, arugula, basil and a balsamic vinaigrette flavored with garlic and rosemary.   A quick and easy side dish for almost any occasion.

Servings: 4 side servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 minutes for the vinaigrette

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove sliced
1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary Leaves
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
2 oz Arugula
2 Large Heirloom Tomatoes cut into 1 inch cube pieces
6 oz Fresh Mozzarella cut into 1/2 inch cubes
14 Leaves Fresh Basil roughly chopped

Combine the olive oil, garlic and rosemary in a small saucepan and bring to a light simmer over medium heat.  Let simmer until fragrant (about 1 minute).   Remove from heat and season with a dash of salt and freshly ground pepper.  Whisk in the balsamic vinegar and set aside to cool.

Place the arugula, heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil in a large bowl.  Add the cooled down balsamic vinaigrette to bowl and stir the ingredients together to combine and it is ready to serve.  Enjoy.