My mother lived in Italy for a semester at university, so my house always had Italian food. And I remember growing up with tomato, basil and mozzarella as an easy side-dish. But the cold, squishy tomatoes were disgusting as a kid and boring as an adult. One day I tried grilling the tomatoes. Just a simple grilled tomato completely changes this boring salad into something I can’t stop eating. It makes the salad a bit warm, the flavour of the tomatoes comes out so much more, it is like a totally different salad.
I love this recipe and it is no secret what makes it special, but everyone is always so impressed – they are sure that I have some special sauce of dressing. The “secret” is to just grill the tomatoes, honestly. You’ll love it.
Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Salad (Serves 2-3 as a side)
- 2 Medium Vine Tomatoes
- 200g Mozzarella cheese
- Handful of Basil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- pinch of salt for the tomatoes
Slice each tomato into 5 slices
Lay on a foil-lined baking sheet if you are using the oven.
Salt the tomato slices and place on the grill, or place under the grill in your oven on high
Depending on your slices and oven, the tomatoes take 5-8 minutes to grill up nicely
In the meantime, slice or shred mozzarella and lay on a plate
Top with individual leaves of basil.
Once the tomatoes are grilled, immediately arrange on top of the mozzarella and basil
scatter with oil and balsamic vinegar
Eat while warm and lovely.