Feel free to use a mixture of basil varieties (sweet green, purple, lemon, Thai, chocolate, or others).
Yield: 4 servings
6-8 oz. fresh mozzarella, thickly sliced
3 lbs. ripe tomatoes, thickly sliced
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 c. fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/3 c. olive oil
5 T. balsamic vinegar
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
fresh basil sprigs (optional)
Layer cheese, tomatoes, onion, and basil on four salad plates or in bowls. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with basil, if desired.
From the July 2000 issue.