Valerie Bertinelli prepares salad with her mother Mrs. Bertinelli as seen on Food Network’s Valerie’s Home Cooking, Season 1
Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Festive Salad with Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella in a Creamy Vinaigrette

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings





  1. For the dressing: In a jar with a lid, combine the oil, Champagne vinegar, shallots, mustard, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Tightly close the lid and shake so the dressing is well combined.
  2. For the salad: Put the mixed greens and romaine in a large bowl. Add enough dressing so that each leaf is lightly coated when tossed. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper. Transfer the lettuce to a serving platter or bowl.
  3. Scatter the tomatoes and mozzarella balls over the salad along with the pine nuts and finally the basil leaves. Serve immediately.