HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE SALAD

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BOCCONCINI (MOZZARELLA) AND TOMATO SALAD

BOCCONCINI (MOZZARELLA) AND TOMATO SALAD  

Simple Salad Recipe Ingredients

Vinaigrette:
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano, or 1/4 teaspoon dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
Salad:
  • 2 tablespoons pitted black oil cure olive, chopped
  • 1/2 lb small mozzarella balls (Bocconcini)
  • 5 ripe tomatoes, cut into 1" thick wedges
Simple Salad Recipe Instructions
Allow the minced garlic to stand in the vinegar for 10-15 minutes before preparing recipe. This will help remove the "bite" from the garlic and mellow it.

Meanwhile, slice tomatoes into wedges. Drain mozzarella balls (they are normally packaged in a brine). Remove pits from black olives and coarsely chop. Set these ingredients aside in a salad bowl.

Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a cruet or in a blender with the garlic and vinegar from above. Use 4 tablespoons vinegar if you like a tangy salad (3 tablespoons if you don't). You can use all balsamic vinegar, or if you prefer a milder dressing, use half balsamic and half red wine or Chianti vinegar. No mincing or chopping is required if a blender is used - pulse briefly.

Pour vinaigrette over tomatoes, cheese and olives; stir to coat. Do not add too much dressing - just enough.

Can be served with peeled, sliced cucumbers (1/4" coins or 1/2" cubes), if desired.

Season to taste with freshly grated black pepper (and salt, if needed) and serve, optionally, on a bed of radicchio or escarole hearts.
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