4.14.2016

Spring Tomato, Basil, Bocconcini Salad

An easy and colorful salad made with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and little mozzarella balls, known as bocconcini.  A refreshing salad from our archives and one that represents the essence of spring and summer, but can actually be served anytime of the year.


 

I wanted to make a salad that my family can have anytime hunger strikes!  So, when they open the refrigerator door they can't say "there's nothing to eat." They will instead go right to this colorful salad which is fresh and ready for them to eat all day long.  Morning, noon and night!

Bocconcini can be found at Costco or in any gourmet supermarket. They are delicious creamy little bite-size mozzarella balls sold in plastic containers. When you combine them with cherry tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, basil and a touch of garlic, you're creating a wonderful blended balance of richness, color and flavor.  No need to add any vinegar to this salad; but if you wish, a splash of balsamic vinegar can be added for more deliciousness!

Enjoy and make this salad this week, you will love it!


Spring Tomato, Basil, Bocconcini Salad
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cups fresh mini mozzarella balls
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh chopped basil
  • 1 garlic clove -minced
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Slice each tomato in half and toss in a bowl with fresh mozzarella balls, chopped basil, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.  Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve.

Serves 4  to 6

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15 comments:

  1. Bocconcini is one of my favorites! Such a tasty salad.

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  2. Yum! Served with some fresh bread I could have a fantastic dinner. This is a beautiful salad and I can't wait for our tomatoes!

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    1. Another amazing recipe I need to try with some pasta - wouldn't that be great too! Hope you are both doing great.

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  3. I'd love having this in the fridge ready to eat anytime I wanted it. I'll have to pick up some cheese and tomatoes.

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  4. Anonymous12:52:00 PM

    Thanks for the recipe. In my humble opinion, I found the garlic overpowered the delicate flavors of the bocconcini and the tomatoes. Alternate - ditch the garlic and drizzle small amount of balsamic. Good quality balsamic and olive oil are a combination that is very hard to beat and works well for dipping breads after you have eaten the salad. Presentation is also kicked up a notch with the pretty lines of dark balsamic.

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    1. Thank you! And yes we also have made this salad with the balsamic added. We actually adore both versions! Thanks again we love hearing from our readers!

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  5. So exciting to get ready for fresh tomatoes and basil available in our local markets as well as (soon, I hope) in our gardens! I love the idea of using creamy bocconcini! Oh Yum ! Happy spring to you both!
    xo

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    1. Thank you Roz! Yes we're looking forward to getting fresh produce at our farm stands down here. Have a great week!

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  6. We can't wait either Roz! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Love this salad! And the colors! And those little balls of cheese!

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    1. Those little balls are so creamy- we love adding them in all salads. Enjoy!

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  8. It won't be too much longer before I'll be able to pick cherry tomatoes off of my plants outside and make this wonderful salad with freshly picked tomatoes. I love the bocconcini too!

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    1. Oh boy I met you will! Fresh from your garden are always better !
      Enjoy!

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  9. This is one of my favorite salad. So gorgeous. :)

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    1. Thank you Amy- it's definitely at the top of our list! Cheers!

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