Once the real summer tomatoes ripen, there's no getting enough of them! Here's a quick and easy way to combine two of summer's best treats, good garden tomatoes and good fresh mozzarella. It looks great and tastes even better.
Here’s another cooking lesson: good ingredients almost plate themselves, if you just let ‘em.
My friend Christine has a knack for easy summer salads, this one charmed a crowd of us at a relaxed summer supper. No chopping, no measuring, no fussing, just layer a few slices of tomato and fresh mozzarella in a glass bowl.
How easy! How pretty! How fresh!
By design, there are few duplicate recipes at Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture, my food blog about vegetables. But the combination of good summer tomatoes and fresh mozzarella is such a favorite that this is the pair's fourth (and probably not last!) appearance.
Each one has its own twist. You just might like all four! Fresh Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella came first, a reprise of the salad my Finnish sister Ritva and I enjoyed in Zurich one summer. The traditional name is Insalata Caprese, it's a joy to look at as well as to eat. By contrast, Tossed Caprese Salad is a messy affair, a big jumble of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and for a switch-up, cannellini beans.
TOMATOES & FRESH MOZZARELLA
for a CROWD
Time to table: 10 minutes
Makes 4 to many
- Perfect summer tomatoes, sliced
- Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- Fresh basil leaves
- Olives, if you like
In a trifle bowl or clear glass bowl, arrange the tomato and cheese slices with basil leaves and olives.
Can be made two or three hours ahead. Refrigerate but do let come to room temperature before serving. Serve and enjoy!
ALANNA’s TIPS Slightly thicker slices hold up better when layered on top of each other in a trifle bowl.
If there's room, do consider a trifle bowl. At Christmas, I'll finally share my family's recipe for trifle, developed over many years, but I use my bowl for more than trifle. During the summer, I serve Tomato Gazpacho and Seven-Layer Salad in a trifle bowl. For winter brunches, I serve this gorgeous Holiday Fruit Parfait. I do recommend one with straight sides. I've looked at mini trifle bowls too but instead use small sherbet glasses for individual servings that kinda-sorta look like small trifle bowls.
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