June 30, 2011

Cherry Mozzarella Ball and Tomato Salad

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Tonight was all about simplicity. We were making spice-breaded tilapia so I thought a complimenting light pairing would be a mozz and tomato salad.

With Paul being Mr. Italian, he loves his mozz and tomato combinations so I thought this would be a nice little treat as a appetizer/ side dish to dinner tonight. Plus, I used his Food Networks heart throb in the mix so how could he not love it.

parmesan garlic vinaigrette I actually found at 
Target in Giada De Laurentiis' collections, which of course is Paul's favorite "cooking" star, and it is delicious and a perfect dressing to a salad such as this. 

Now although Giada makes some wonderful dishes... it's to my father and my boyfriends opinion that they 'lower the cooking counter' on Giada's show for EXTRA viewer ratings!!! Typical man... but still hysterical at the same time. But to set the record straight, Giada absolutely has the right mindset when it comes to certain blends and ingredients and she can whip together some great recipes.

This salad was delicious and of course refreshing and light, perfect!

Cherry Mozzarella Ball and Tomato Salad

Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno

2 large ripe tomatoes, cubed
8 oz container cherry mozzarella balls
2 tbsp parmesan garlic vinaigrette
5 basil leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper, optional

Combine tomato, mozzarella balls and chopped basil on a platter. Drizzle with vinaigrette dressing and toss.

Sprinkle with the salt and pepper if you would like. Serve immediately.


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