Recipe courtesy of Wolfgang Puck

Mozzarella Tomato Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 small servings or 2 larger servings
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2 medium to small vine-ripened tomatoes

1 small ball bufula mozzarella (approximately 4 ounces)


Black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons chiffonade basil

Black and Green Olive Tapenade with Crostini, recipe follows

Roasted Beet napoleon, see recipe file

Chino Chopped Vegetable Salad, see recipe file

Crostini, recipe follows


1 cup Nicoise olives, pitted

1 cup small green French olives (Picholine), pitted

1/4 cup oven-dried tomatoes, drained, recipe follows

1 tablespoon capers

1 garlic clove

1 anchovy fillet

1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves

1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1/4 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


2 slices bread, preferably sourdough

Extra virgin olive oil

1/2 garlic clove


12 medium Roma tomatoes (2 pounds)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus additional as needed

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves

6 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sugar


  1. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch thickness. Drain cheese of any excess water and slice into 1/4-inch slices. Set aside. Chiffonade basil. Arrange the tomato and cheese slices so they over lap each other. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top with the basil. Serve with crostini, Roasted Beet Napoleon and Chino Chopped Vegetable Salad.


Yield: 1 heaping cup
  1. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients, except the olive oil and crostini. Using the pulse button, process until coarsely chopped and well blended. Continue to process, slowly adding the olive oil. Refrigerate in a covered container. Spread on homemade crostini, recipe follows.


  1. Arrange the bread slices in a baking tray. Brush with olive oil and bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Allow to cool, then rub with garlic clove. For each of the crostini, spread 1 tablespoon Herbed Goat Cheese (recipe follows) and top with 1 teaspoon Black and Green Olive Tapenade.


Yield: 1 1/4 cups
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a pot of boiling water, blanch tomatoes. Drain and refresh in ice water. Drain. Peel, core, cut into quarters, and remove seeds.
  3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and arrange the tomato quarters on the tray, cut side down. Drizzle generously with olive oil. Sprinkle with thyme and garlic. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and sugar, and sprinkle evenly over the tomatoes.
  4. Bake until the tomatoes begin to shrivel, about 1 hour. When the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, transfer to a container. Pour olive oil over and cover the container. Refrigerate and use as needed. 
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