When the food arrived, I stared at the few slices of tomato and chunks of mozzarella with dismay. Surely there was more to this dish?
Admittedly, it was delicious, if not a little light. I occasionally have quite the appetite (the Sailor often refers to it as 'the Monster'...) so naturally I found myself hungry again within the hour.
I decided I wouldn't bother ordering such a salad ever again.
It seems I've missed out over the years, because this salad really is a delightful compliment to a meal, or a light dish all on its own.
This week at the local grocery store, I found myself staring at their strategically placed marketing ploy: a living Basil plant, vine ripe tomatoes, and a ball of mozzarella all within reach of one another.
I fell for the bait.
This whole week, I've been eating the combo as a salad, feeling very Italian, wondering why I waited so long to try this again.
It's so simple -- yet so delicious. Simply chop the tomatoes and mix with the mozzarella and a few basil leaves. Sprinkle olive oil over the top, add fresh ground pepper and kosher salt. I like to add a few garlic slices to mine for an extra kick.
Add an Italian wine, and voila: your summertime lunch or light dinner.
(*Bonus points if you serve your salad on a vintage Pyrex plate.)
What's your latest summertime favorite dish?