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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Salad



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I love to serve this "salad" when we barbecue. It is, of course a play on the well-known Insalata Caprese and, as such, must be said to be a dish that is assembled rather than made. Taste buds as old as mine are always looking for new ways to do old things and this sport does just that, creating a warm salad with a creamy texture that plays well against the flavor of blood ripe tomatoes and pesto. The dish consists of thick sliced tomatoes that are grilled prior to topping with fresh mozzarella cheese. They are then broiled until the cheese becomes soft and starts to run. The tomato stacks are topped with pesto and served while still warm. I cook mine in a grill pan because I feel more in control of the process, but they can, of course, be done on a gas or charcoal grill. I usually make my own pesto, my favorite being a combination of arugula and cilantro, but any well flavored pesto, including a commercial variety, can be used. I draw the line with the cheese, however. This dish is not worth the effort if you don't use fresh, best quality mozzarella. It's also important to keep your tomato slices about an inch thick. Slices thinner than that will turn to mush before the cheese topping has the opportunity to soften and lightly brown. I have one last observation to share with you. Serve the stacks as soon as you possibly can. The cheese tends to lose its milky color and yellow if it sits too long. Here's how we assemble and cook this warm Insalata Caprese.

Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Salad...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, inspired by Jon Bonnell

Ingredients:

4 1-inch slices of ripe tomato
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided use
4 1/2-inch slices of fresh mozzarella
1 teaspoon sherry wine vinegar
4 teaspoons pesto
Sea salt

Directions:
1) Preheat oven broiler. Season tomato slices with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large grill pan until oil is wavy. Add tomatoes and cook over high heat until grill marks form, about 2 minutes per side. Do not overcook. Remove pan from heat.
2) Top each tomato with a slice of mozzarella and broil about 3-inches from heat, until cheese just starts to run. Transfer to serving plates. Top each stack with a teaspoon of pesto and drizzle with vinegar and reserved 1 teaspoon oil. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Serve immediately. Yield 4 servings.

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Warm Wild Mushroom Salad - Planet Green
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Mom's Warm Potato Salad - Simply Recipes

55 comments:

susan said...

I can hardly wait for our fresh tomatoes...this will be one of the first things I make!

Angie's Recipes said...

Whenever we were invited to a bbq party, I always looked for the salad section first. :-) Yours definitely makes a perfect garden bbq salad.

Louis la Vache said...

YUM!

Holly said...

This looks absolutely delish! I'll be trying it very soon:)

Jeannie said...

Gorgeous presentation!

PranisKitchen said...

looks so yummy..sure i am going to try this one..i am sure its a good treat for tomato lovers.

Christine said...

I'll save this for when my tomatoes get ripe. Great recipe, Mary.

Alessandra said...

To me this is a meal, not just a salad :-), I wouldn't need anything else, well, maybe a piece of bread...

Can I ask you a question? The mozzarella looks yellow in the photo, rather than white. Is it a particular kind of mozzarella?

Federica said...

ciao!! che bella presentazione e che buona!! bravissima come sempre! ciao!

Dajana said...

Wonderful twist on insalata caprese, Mary. I couldn't agree more on quality of mozzarella cheese, it's absolutely essential. The same goes for pizza.

Ana Powell said...

Wonderful and delicious x

Cherine said...

This looks absolutely delicious!!

lostpastremembered said...

This is so good, Mary. I am used to bread and just a slice of tomato... this makes it so much healthier and it looks great too!

Jagruti said...

Absolutely fresh and perfect !! lovely pics..

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, sometimes I think you knew my grandmother! This was her favorite way to eat summer tomatoes except it wasn't a side dish- she'd make a meal of it!
xoxo Pattie

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

something simple and good!

®osadimaggio63 said...

Hi Mary,
questa ricetta viene fatta anche quì in Italia usando categoricamente mozzarella di " bufala ", perchè più buona in quanto più saporita.
Però non l'ho mai assaggiata con il pesto genovese sopra.
Personalemte a questa ricetta farei una piccola modifica ( se non ti offendi ) e cioè sulla mozzarella metterei solo il sale e non l'olio, in quanto l'olio viene poi aggiunto dal pesto.
In questo modo credo che il sapore della mozzarella si sentirebbe meglio e non si avrebbe in bocca il sapore dell'olio.
Cosa ne pensi ?

PeggyR said...

Oh yum this would be great along with grilled shrimp!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Mary,
I will definitely try this when we are back in Maine and the tomatoes come in. I make my own pesto and I am always looking for ways to use it. This looks wonderful!
Carol

Martha said...

This looks yummy and I've never thought of it warm! I will have to try this -- what a great go with to grilled meat!

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful salad mary, have a nice day

Taylor said...

These look so delicious...and simple! Perfect for a warm spring or summer night :)

Julie said...

What a wonderful take on caprese salad. Can't wait for tomatoes so we can try this one!!!

Cathy said...

What a delicious take on one of our favorite salads. It's always fun to serve a classic in a different way. I can almost taste the vine ripened tomatoes of summer.

figtree said...

I will be dreaming about this beautiful salad till I find the time to make it. It gets me excited about summer...

Debbi Smith said...

I will for sure try this! It looks awesome! Great presentation too!

Alecia said...

now if i can get my tomatoes to come into their own-I will be making this for certain- never thought how important it would be to slice thickly -always learn something new from you. thanks for adding to my tomato recipes

Helsie said...

Hello Mary, nice to meet you.
Thank you for calling in to my blog and leaving a lovely comment. I'm so glad you did. I have had a quick look around your blog and am off to look some more.
I love to look at and try new recipes and will certainly be trying some of yours. There are a couple of other cookery blogs I love to follow too and my family is reaping the rewartds of these new discoveries.
Cheers
Helen

Jaynie said...

These are my favorite kind of recipes these days,quick, only a few ingredients and extremely tasty. I have the fresh mozzarella on hand but not tomatoes. This will be one of the first recipes I make when the tomatoes become ripe.

sweetlife said...

Great recipe, this would be wonderful for mother's day. My mom would love this.

chuls
chuls@sweetlife

nazarina said...

Now I know what to prepare for my friend's barbecue this Saturday! It is delicious, a winner with everyone and so fast to make!

pigpigscorner said...

I'm not a huge fan of veg but I love your kind of salad!

Allie said...

Love the idea of adding a pesto on top for a touch more color. Looks great!

oneordinaryday said...

I can't wait to try this. So simple, but so absolutely glorious. What a wonderful play on the traditional insalata caprese.

Bellini Valli said...

I love this idea. This would wirk even for those tomatoes we have at the market out of season. The barbecue would make them smoky, caramelized and flavourful.

Monica said...

We got one of those "Topsy Turvy" tomato growing things. I was skeptical...but the thing is loaded with tiny green tomato's!
I can't wait to try this recipe!

Mamatkamal said...

I love it, this looks absolutely delicious!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What a lovely salad "makeover." And, the broiling/grilling adds a whole different flavor dimension.

Karen said...

This is a great idea. I'm going to keep it in mind for when our summer tomatoes are ripe!

Kim said...

Your stacked tomato salad is so gorgeous Mary! Looks like a lovely little meal all on it's own.

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh so perfect for summer!

Rachel Cotterill said...

That's an interesting twist on a classic dish - a variant I haven't seen before. Thank you, as ever, for sharing your beautiful ideas :)

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Jen_from_NJ said...

I can't wait to make this recipe with my beloved "Jersey tomatoes". Just gorgeous!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

What a beautiful, simple recipe Mary. And you're so right about the mozzarella - it's really not worth bothering with unless it's the good stuff!

http://meatandpotatoesfoodie.blogspot.com/

teresa said...

oh wow, this looks just mouthwatering, and beautiful!

The Empress said...

Ooohhooo...tomatoes and mozz.

Right out of my dreams.

THANK YOU!!

Carla and Michael said...

Beautiful presentation. I am going to give this a try soon. We have lots of tomato plants but the tomatoes are just coming out. I'll have to make this with the store bought tomatoes when we get back. I am so loving this, I can taste it.

Claudia said...

i love every variation of Caprese. I've done it with pesto - but never grilled the tomatoes. You can bet I will be doing that soon! Gorgeous and packed with springtime taste.

Jen said...

I'm taking a road trip this summer and will be camping a lot. I may try this on one of the grills. It sounds delicious!

Micah - Coffee machine said...

This is beautiful... Not just beautiful but it looks delicious.. I love mozzarella..

Valérie said...

I love this idea of a warm caprese salad! You always have inspiring ideas!

Debinhawaii said...

A perfect salad to serve with grilled meats--I love this take on a classic!

Rambling Tart said...

Oh my, I do so love tomatoes and mozzarella, Mary, and you just made it even better!!! Wowsers! :-)

Anne said...

Oh wow this looks SO delicious! I love this take on a classic and will have to try it. Thanks for stopping by!

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