Summer is the absolute best time to eat tomatoes and basil and I think I have a little bit of a food crush on them. This salad uses both; fresh tomatoes and a basil dressing which is both sweet and sharp. The addition of little soft and squishy bocconcini takes it to another level with the creamy chewiness of the cheese a perfect foil for the tomatoes and basil. On top of that, it takes all of five minutes to put together. Who wouldn’t love it, love it, love it?!!
Serves 4 – 6
400g mixed smallish tomatoes (try to get a variety of colours, there are heaps available in most supermarkets)
125g small bocconcini
About 1 cup of lightly packed basil leaves (1 really good handful)
1/3 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Slice the larger tomatoes in half, and leave little ones whole. Do the same with the bocconcini; tear some carefully in half and leave others whole. Blend together the basil, olive oil and white wine vinegar until it is a quite smooth and bright green dressing. (I use a small blender) Season with the salt and black pepper to your taste. Put a good tablespoonful of the dressing on a serving platter and use the back of your spoon to spread it evenly. Place the tomaotes and bocconcini on the platter and then spoon over the dressing. Grind over a little more black pepper and serve to your soon-to-be-wildly-enthusiastic lunch or dinner guests.