This tomato and mozzarella salad is one that you will find home cooks making over and over again in the summer months here in France. You will also frequently find it as an item on French menus.
Please note that the cheese in this recipe is fresh mozzarella and not the processed, firmer mozzarella you may be familiar with. The fresh cheese is packaged in plastic sacks that allow the cheese to swim in a watery solution. Apparently the very best fresh mozzarella is made only from the milk of water buffalo in a particular location in Italy. For the purposes of this tomato and mozzarella salad, cow's milk cheese will work fine.It is one cheese you want to eat as fresh as possible. No aging for your mozzarella as it will quickly turn sour. If you detect any note of bitterness in this cheese, it is starting to go bad. Fresh mozzarella is a very bland tasting cheese, but kids especially seem to love its easy taste. It melts fabulously and lets other flavors shine through, as in this tomato and mozzarella salad.
Makes 4 servings
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