Fresh Bufala di Mozzarella, Tomato & Strawberry Salad~Recipe Inspired by Dorie Greenspan

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by Sara Hafiz on October 13, 2010

I’m loving Dorie Greenspan’s new book, Around My French Table. It’s a gorgeous book with the most mouthwatering recipes. My book was waiting for me at my doorstep when I got home today, I could not wait to open the box and go through the book! Dorie’s book has the most scrumptious recipes with gorgeous photography, talk about Ahem..Food Porn!

As soon as I saw this recipe, I thought what a genius idea to pair tomatoes & strawberries with fresh mozzarella. Dorie talks about the success of this salad depends entirely on the quality of the ingredients. I know its fall and this salad is a summery one but I found the most gorgeous, sweet & ripe looking strawberries & grape tomatoes at my local farmers market. I used fresh basil growing in a cute little terra-cotta pot near a sunny window in my kitchen which I enjoy most of the year.

Dorie prefers fresh mozzarella di bufala. I’m a huge fan of mozzarella di bufala, it is the most creamiest & tastiest mozzarella cheese I have ever tasted. It’s made with the milk of water buffalo found in Italy rather than cow’s milk which is found in US. I remember tasting this delicious mozzarella cheese all over Italy especially in Napoli & the most gorgeous place on earth, the Amalfi Coast!  I love melting mozzarella di buffala on my pasta dishes, especially on Gnocchi a la Neopolitana!

Serving Ideas for this salad is simple, it needs nothing more than a basket of baguettes slices on the table so the last little bit of juice can be sopped up and enjoyed!

~BUFALA DI MOZZARELLA, TOMATO, & STRAWBERRY SALAD~

ADAPTED & INSPIRED BY DORIE GREENSPAN'S BOOK~ AROUND MY FRENCH TABLE

INGREDIENTS:

Serves 4

1/2 lb of fresh mozzarella, I used bufala di mozzarella from Italy from Wegmans

16 small sweet strawberries, hulled

16 grape tomatoes, halved

Salt to taste, I used fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

4 fresh basil leaves, shredded

METHOD:

1. Drain the mozzarella & cut into 8 round slices.

2. Cut the strawberries & tomatoes in halves and place them in a bowl.

3. Season lightly with salt & pepper.

4. Add extra virgin olive oil.

5. Mix the salad gently.

6. Serve the salad with freshly cracked pepper & drizzle the olive oil on top of the mozzarella cheese.

7. Garnish with fresh basil.

8. Enjoy with a French baguette.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie October 13, 2010 at 10:25 am

Stunning! I think gorgeous creamy mozzarella di bufala is the perfect lunch, simple and luxurious! The additio of sweet strawberries is brilliant. Now I can’t wait till next year’s strawberry season.

shayma October 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm

beautiful photos, as always. also, i love your new banner with the moroccan mint tea- how could i have missed this? gorgeous. xx shayma

Sara October 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Thank you Jamie & Shayma!

Nadia October 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I loveeeee mozzarella di bufala! this looks so fresh–simplicity at its best! love dorie too!

Faith October 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

This sounds amazing, I’ve heard that mozzarella and strawberries are a fantastic combo! Love your gorgoues plates too!

Sara October 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Thank you Faith!

Sara October 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Thank you Nadia! I’m a simple girl you know! hehe :)

dinners & dreams November 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Gorgeous plating and photos AND amazing salad of course!!!

xo

Nisrine

Sara November 4, 2010 at 1:03 am

Thanks Nisrine! :)

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