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Fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil appetizer

Fresh mozzarella and tomatoes with basil takes advantage of our local garden bounty.
Fresh mozzarella and tomatoes with basil takes advantage of our local garden bounty.
Lori Stahl

Have you ever had fresh mozarella cheese? It's a completely different animal contrasted to the rubbery cousin you may be used to eating. This appetizer combines this year's bumper crop of tomatoes with your garden basil and fresh mozzarella. It's a quick and satisfying Italian appetizer or light meal. You can find a nice big ball of fresh mozarella cheese at your local Giant, Stauffers of Kissel Hill, or Oregon Dairy markets.

This dish is so simple and elegant. Angela Anderson of Millersville serves it regularly to her frequent guests.


  • fresh mozzarella cheese
  • fresh tomatoes
  • fresh basil
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Slice the tomatoes and the fresh mozarella cheese into 1/4 inch slabs.
  2. Arrange slices on a platter, alternating cheese and tomato.
  3. Slice basil leaves into ribbons. Sprinkle on top.
  4. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the top. Add a few dashes of balsamic vinegar over the sliced lovelies.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • Roberta Baxter Eugene Oregon Dogs Ex 4 years ago

    Oh I like tomato, basil and Mozzarella cheese ingredients. Thank you for this delightful recipe.

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    Beverly Mucha 4 years ago

    This is always a delight! Thanks for a great little recipe that is so good and tasty but light and filling at the same time.
    Winona Cooking Examiner / Winona Home and Living Examiner

  • Michael Thal LA Academic Success Examiner 4 years ago

    I love mozzarella cheese, and this seems like a great way to enjoy it. Thanks.

  • Donna Carter -Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Community Issues Examiner 4 years ago

    I hate mozzarella unless it is on pizza. Is there another cheese I can use in this recipe that will work well? I love tomatoes and basil & have tried this recipe in the past.

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