Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Good Eating- Mediterranean Tomato Salad

Summer Tomatoes are the most flavorable for this dish. It can be made for as many people as you wish and made the evening before.
This savory Mediterranean salad--use ripe, tasty tomatoes
INGREDIENTS
1 pound ripe juicy tomatoes, heirloom varieties if possible1/2 clove garlic1 tablespoon balsamic or red wine vinegar2 to 3 tablespoons olive oilsalt and freshly-ground pepper to taste2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheesehandful fresh basil leavesgarlic croutons (optional)
1. Wash and core tomatoes and cut into thick slices or wedges.
2. Peel the garlic. In the salad bowl or platter you wish to use, rub the garlic, using the tips of a fork, to make a puree. Add the vinegar and oil. Then add the tomatoes, tossing gently to coat with dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Slice mozzarella and tuck decoratively in and around the tomatoes. Scatter top of salad with basil leaves.
4. Add croutons, if using, to soak up the delicious juices.
Serves 4.

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