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Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 ripe fresh tomato per person
  • thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • whole basil leaves washed and dried
  • olive oil best quality extra virgin
  • balsamic vinegar best quality
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Place a tomato, upside down, on a cutting board.
  • With a sharpe, serrated blade, cut down through the tomato to about ½ inch from the cutting board.
    You want to cut vertical, parallel slices while keeping the base of the tomato intact so it holds together.
  • Gently separate the slices, being careful not to tear the slices off the tomato. Insert a slice of fresh mozzarella and a whole basil leaf between each slice of tomato.
  • Sparingly drizzle on a bit of olive oil and just a few drops of balsamic vinegar.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Garnish each tomato with a fresh basil leaf or sprig and serve.