Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Purple Basil

I was at Trader Joes this week and had both tomatoes and mozzarella in my cart and the cashier looked at those items and said, “this is how I know it’s summer”. So true! Garden tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, with basil, is one of my favorite things to eat in the summer.

A friend gave me a beautiful bunch of purple basil and I have been working hard at using it up. I made this tomato and mozzarella salad with a simple balsamic vinegarette dressing. Pocket this recipe for those garden tomatoes that are currently ripening on the vine!

fresh basil

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
2 lbs tomatoes
8 oz fresh mozzarella
1 green onion
5-6 sprigs of fresh basil (purple or green)

DIRECTIONS:
1. To make the dressing, mix or blend together the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. Chop tomatoes and mozzarella into bite-sized pieces. Chop the green onions and add to the tomatoes and mozzarella.
3. Dress, and toss gently.
4. Chop basil and add to the salad. Toss right before serving.

garden tomatoes

purple basil

tomato and mozzarella salad

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