Friday, June 24, 2011

FFWD Mozzarella, Tomato, and Strawberry Salad



Well, here we are! It's Friday, and again we have a wonderfully simple recipe for FFWD. Days have been hot and humid here, and I have been so busy in my garden. It was great not to have to spend a lot of time preparing a meal. After all, summer is the time for quick meals, easy entertaining and barbecues! Easy is always the primary goal! I had just gone strawberry picking last week, so it was great to use up some of those beautiful ripe strawberries. The flavors in this salad are so bright and complimentary.
This is the kind of salad I love eating during the summer.  I bought some lovely fresh mozzarella cheese, at the market the other day, anticipating this salad. I love the creaminess of fresh mozzarella!  I then gathered my strawberries and tomatoes, sliced them and put them in a bowl with a sprinkle of salt, some fresh cracked pepper and a sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil. That's it for the prep of the berries…slice the cheese, arrange on a plate, put a helping of the berry mixture on the plate, sprinkle some shredded basil leaves (which I picked from my garden) over the strawberries! A quick sprinkle of fresh cracked pepper and a bit of olive oil. That's it! Beautiful! Satisfying! And oh so delicious!  Dorie suggested cracked red pepper. I didn't have any in the house so black had to do! So if you're looking for something easy for a nice lunch or a nice salad to serve along with dinner, this may be it! You can find the recipe in Dorie Greenspans cookbook "Around My French Table". You can buy it at Amazon using on my link!









23 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Satisfying and delicious! You are so right! Love that the strawberries actually came from your garden. You rock sista!

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  2. Looks delicious, and I'd love a wedge of that cake right now!

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  3. I am just loving all the beautiful salads this week!
    My parents used to have berry plants out in the back of their yard against the fence to the neighbor's cow pasture - there was nothing quite like those small sweet berries.

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  4. Love your first photo of the strawberries, I want to go strawberry picking! I have a couple of strawberry plants in my garden and the quail nibble on my strawberries, I just wish they would eat the whole berry instead of just taking a bite out of each one! I agree this salad is a winner with me and i will be making it again soon;-)

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  5. Lovely photos. Your salad looks so delicious and inviting. I did not
    particularly care for the addition of the strawberries, but normally
    I love this dish and prepare it a lot. Tricia's family had a different opinion
    of the plate, they really liked it.

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  6. Hey there yourself! Husband and I loved it, Son did not (but then he has an unadventurous palate). Your photo of strawberries on the vine is great. I do envy that you had the 'local' ones on first try.
    Happy Summer!

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  7. Wow, Kathy! I'm so impressed that you grew your own strawberries! Your salad looks beautiful & sounds delicious!

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  8. Disclaimer…I did not grow my own strawberries! I went to a "pick your own" farm to pick my own. But I did grow my own basil!! LOL!

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  9. So funny, Kathy!...I was going to ask you if those strawberries were from your garden.
    I have to give you girls a lot of credit for doing the Dorie challenge...my daughter is in Italy right now, and I'm trying to find that Dorie book, (she hid it)
    Awesome salad, beautiful presentation!
    xoxo

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  10. Perfect summer salad! Yours looks fabulous, Kathy~

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  11. I'd love to go out berry picking! It looks like so much fun. This salad was definitely summer on a plate.

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  12. Your salad looks just like the picture in the book. It's beautiful. I love the top photo of the strawberries still on the plant.

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  13. The salad does look just like the one in the book! We really enjoyed this week's recipe, though I wasn't sure about it.

    Our strawberries here are finally starting. I'm looking forward to getting more local strawberries on the weekend. Love the photo of the strawberry plant!

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  14. I have never been strawberry picking! There is nothing like the smell of fresh strawberries! Your photos look great!
    It really was incredibly easy to put together!

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  15. This dish looks delicious and so, so fresh. It dresses up tomatoes and mozzarella.

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  16. Hi Kathy, the salad looks absolutely perfect! We pick strawberries from a you-pick farm every year, we were planning on going this weekend but it didn't stop raining all weekend, I hope to make this salad with freshly picked strawberries next week. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. This salad looks so inviting! Love the contrast of colors, textures and flavors.

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  18. Kathy-this is such an incredible, colorful, and delicious salad combined with the tomatoes, and strawberryies. The fresh mozzarella, certainly gives it a delicious flavor with all three ingredients combined. Love it, and photos as well:DDD

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  19. Now this is just the kind of salad I can so easily fall in love with - marvelous idea - have the mozzarella but not the berries - bookmarking to try :) Lovely post! cheers, priya

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  20. I've never thought to pair strawberries with my tomatoes and mozzarella. Thanks for posting.
    Karen

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  21. I am so jealous that you have strawberries in your garden:) I guess I'll have to live out my gardening dreams vicariously through you:)
    I loved this salad, too! Yes, in the summertime we need really simple dishes, and this one was beautiful and delicious in its simplicity!

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  22. This was such a easy but delicious salad! Yours looks beautiful!

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