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    Fast, Easy Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Pesto (Gluten-Free)

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Celiac.com 09/12/2014 - Need a quick, delicious summertime dish for a potluck, or an appetizer or side for a group of hungry eaters? Then this fast, easy tomato-mozzarella salad (aka Insalata Caprese) is just the ticket.

    Photo: CC--takeawayThe best thing about this recipe is that it is flexible. You can use large or small tomatoes, sliced or unsliced, or any combination you like.

    I like to use mixed red and yellow grape and cherry tomatoes. I also like to use small fresh mozzarella cheese balls instead of slices, but either works. In general, I seek uniformity: Small cheese balls for small whole tomatoes, and larger cheese slices with larger tomato slices.

    Beyond that, all you need is some pesto, either store bought or homemade, and a dash each of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.

    Ingredients:

    • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes (the small kind)
    • 8 ounces grape tomatoes (the very small kind)
    • 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella cheese balls
    • 4 -6 tablespoons prepared pesto
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar glaze
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • fresh basil, as garnish
    • dash of fresh ground pepper
    • sea salt

    Directions:
    Wash and dry the tomatoes.

    Cut some of the larger tomatoes in half and keep others whole. Put them in a large bowl.

    Drain the mozzarella, slice some of the balls in two, leaving the rest whole.

    Arrange to your taste between the tomatoes.

    Drizzle balsamic vinegar glaze over the tomatoes and mozzarella.

    Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

    Place the pesto in the center.

    Garnish with sprigs of fresh basil.

    Serve at room temperature.


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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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