Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fresh Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

My friends and neighbors Jim and Karen (yes, the same Jim and Karen who gave me a duck some posts ago) have a garden with a variety of tomato plants, basil, lettuce, acorn squash and other vegetables. Recently I was over at their house and marveled at their productive garden. They made me coffee and this delicious salad with toasted bagels for a light brunch. Jim agreed to write some posts for me and this is his first one. We are going to call it "From Farmer Jim's Corner". Thank you Jim and Karen!

Jim and his garden (2016)
Jim and Olive (2016)
From Farmer Jim's Corner



Fresh Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Fresh Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

This can be a great appetizer or a side salad. Using fresh garden tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella are the key ingredients. Start out with a base layer of arugula salad greens. Then layer on tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, fresh basil leaves, and tomato slices in that order. Sprinkle dried oregano and if interested spread a little thinly sliced red onion over the top. Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette over the top layer. Chill or serve at room temperature with a glass of red wine.

balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Use Signature Italian Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix (see photo above) and add balsamic vinegar, olive oil and water to make a dressing. Follow instructions on the package insert for the exact measurements. Karen uses a bottle with a lid to shake all the ingredients to blend. Any leftovers can be refrigerated.

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