The perfect appetizer or side! This salad is layered with juicy fresh tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella, deliciously flavorful fresh basil, and it's finished with rich extra virgin olive oil, and a mildly sweet and tangy balsamic glaze.
Ready in: 30minutes
3mediumtomatoes,cut into 1/3-inch slices (about 20 oz.)
16oz.fresh mozzarella,cut into 1/3-inch slices
1/2cupfresh basil leaves
1/4cupextra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Whisk together balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat then reduce heat to low and let simmer until thickened and reduced down to nearly 2 Tbsp, about 8 - 11 minutes.
Pour into small bowl and let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
Layer tomato slices, fresh mozzarella slices and basil on a rimmed serving platter.
Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic reduction and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
*Honey may or may not be needed based on the brand of balsamic vinegar use (tartness/sweetness) and personal preference. You can omit if preferred or even increase the amount if preferred.
This is also delicious with avocados slices, or a little minced garlic. Another option is to omit the balsamic glaze if preferred.