Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Salad

On arriving at Ciampino Airport around lunchtime, we headed north for the cooler temperatures in the hills (it's what the Italians do). Found a lovely little Trattoria, near Montalcino, sat in the garden and had this simple but tasty lunch.


Serves 4
Prep Time 20 min

  • 2 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 Clove garlic, crushed
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Dry mustard
  • 75ml/2½ fl oz olive oil
  • 4 Vine tomatoes
  • 185g/6oz Mozzarella cheese
  • 10 Basil leaves


  • Dressing: combine vinegar, garlic, salt, mustard & pepper in small bowl, add oil in steady stream, whisking until thoroughly blended.
  • Slice tomatoes and cheese into 5mm ¼inch slices.
  • Place tomatoes and cheese into large shallow bowl or glass dish.
  • Pour dressing over slices, marinate, covered in fridge for at least 30 mins or up to 2 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Layer basil leaves on bottom, roll up and slice rest of basil into strips.
  • Arrange tomato and cheese slices alternately on serving plate.
  • Sprinkle with basil strips, drizzle with remaining oil.


  • Small bowl
  • Large shallow glass dish
  • Serving plate

Shopping List

  • Red wine vinegar
  • Clove garlic
  • Dry mustard
  • Olive oil
  • 4 Vine tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Basil leaves
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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

kim October 3, 2008 at 5:52 pm

YUM! I love the red wine vinegar addition :)

TaGa_Luto April 15, 2009 at 10:16 am

This is one of our favorite but i use balsamic. Red wine vinegar sounds good too!

Lesley April 16, 2009 at 6:38 am

I love balsamic too, thanks for dropping by :0)

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