tomato mozzarellaI love love love tomato mozzarella salad! There aren’t to many things that taste as “fresh” to me as this.

Shelley’s Balsamic Vinaigrette

Makes approximately 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 T canola oil or olive oil

6 T balsamic vinegar

2 T chopped shallots

2 T Dijon mustard

½ t minced fresh garlic

Pinch of black pepper

Splash or two of rice vinegar

Instructions:

In a small bowl whisk together the above dressing ingredients and set aside.

In another small bowl add 8-ounces of part-skim mozzarella cheese balls, that have been cut in halves.

Add to it 1 8-ounce container of cherry tomatoes also that have been cut in halves.

And add ½ cup of lightly packed fresh basil leaves that have been cut in pieces.

Toss with the tomato and mozzarella with the vinaigrette.

I enjoy this salad many ways, sometimes with lettuce and grilled chicken, sometimes as a side dish with salmon, or some days just by itself. Do you have a favorite version?

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