An easy salad that can be made ahead and is especially attractive if you use a mixture of red and yellow tomatoes.
6 tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces (use a mixture of red and yellow tomatoes)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
6 leaves fresh basil, cut into slivers
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into bite-size cubes
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Stir tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil together in a large salad bowl. Gently fold in mozzarella cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Chill before serving. Garnish with a stem of fresh basil leaves.
This can also be served in individual glasses (like a martini glass) with crostini on the side.