Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

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Last weekend, I took a sneaky trip home back to Syracuse to surprise my mom for her birthday.  I was actually surprised at myself that I kept the secret from everyone, especially my mom, who I talk to pretty much every day.  In reality, I sadly could have announced it on my blog in big, bold letters that I was on my way to surprise my mom, because she never reads my posts in a timely manner.  It’s okay, Mom.  No hard feelings.  You’re the inspiration for my blog, and make recipe requests almost daily, but you don’t ever actually have to read this.

Maybe she can’t read.

Anyway, it was a great trip.  I trusted my younger bro with my secret trip, because he had an awesome idea for my mom’s birthday present from us kids.  See, my mom has had one of those multi-frame picture frames hanging in her living room for years now, and she has NEVER CHANGED THE STOCK PHOTOS.  Yes, that’s right.  She has pictures of stangers’ families adorning her living room wall.  Whenever she would get frustrated with one of us, she would look at the pictures and say something along the lines of I wonder what my other family would say about this.

Funny, sure.  But obnoxious.  So, my brother had the idea that the siblings and grandkids would get together to take some pictures, print them, cut them, and hang up the newly-filled frame for her.  It was so much fun.  We had a lot of inspiration from AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, like this gem:

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corny, corny, corny….CREEPY!

Needless to say, it was a great weekend with the family.

…So, I go home and have this whole kitchen to myself, and I ask my mom what I can make for her for her birthday, that I can make literally anything.  What does my family want?  Fish fry (from the market, of course), heat-and-eat potatoes, canned veggies.  While my family wouldn’t go the TV dinner route, they very much enjoy simplicity when it comes to cooking.  My mom always says, “why should I make something from scratch, when I can get it pre-made?”  This is usually the debate surrounding cake baking.  My argument is simple:  for just a few extra ingredients, you have the same thing as a boxed cake, but you can brag and say it’s made from scratch.  She said she’s put in her time, and wants everything streamlined.

It’s her birthday, she won.  Here’s the cake I made Sunday morning, NOT from scratch.

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My younger nephew said if I didn’t make chocolate, he wouldn’t come to Grandma’s birthday.

Then, I just had to contribute something to the dinner table, no matter what.  After scouring the fridge, I came across a super simple, healthy, tasty classic that my family always loves:  fresh mozzarella and tomato salad.  It takes less than 10 minutes to make and goes with just about everything you serve.  Enjoy 🙂


Materials:

  •  cutting board
  • knife
  • serving dish

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 large beefsteak tomatoes, or 3-4 plum tomatoes
  • 4-6 oz. fresh mozzarella, patted dry
  • olive oil
  • salt (sea salt or Kosher salt)
  • freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. After carefully slicing off and discarding the top of the tomato, cut the tomato into thin, even slices.  FullSizeRender_2
  2. Set aside the tomato, and gently clean off your cutting board and knife with a paper towel. FullSizeRender_1
  3. Use the same technique to slice the mozzarella.  If your cheese is large (like mine here), you may need to cut each slice in half for serving. FullSizeRender (7)IMG_2657
  4. Place the tomato and cheese slices on a serving platter, alternating each time. FullSizeRender
  5. Lightly drizzle olive oil over the arrangement. IMG_2661
  6. Sprinkle (or grind, like I have here) course salt and black pepper. IMG_2662
  7. Serve using large salad forks or tongs.
  8. Enjoy!  IMG_2664


Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 10 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  •  cutting board
  • knife
  • serving dish

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 large beefsteak tomatoes, or 3-4 plum tomatoes
  • 4-6 oz. fresh mozzarella, patted dry
  • olive oil
  • salt (sea salt or Kosher salt)
  • freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. After carefully slicing off and discarding the top of the tomato, cut the tomato into thin, even slices.
  2. Set aside the tomato, and gently clean off your cutting board and knife with a paper towel.
  3. Use the same technique to slice the mozzarella.  If your cheese is large (like mine here), you may need to cut each slice in half for serving.
  4. Place the tomato and cheese slices on a serving platter, alternating each time.
  5. Lightly drizzle olive oil over the arrangement.
  6. Sprinkle (or grind, like I have here) course salt and black pepper.
  7. Serve using large salad forks or tongs.
  8. Enjoy!

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