Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Charlie Gitto's Tomato Salad

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Charlie Gitto's Tomato Salad

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Yield: 1 serving

1 large homegrown or locally grown slicing tomato, 16 to 18 ounces

3 (2-ounce) slices fresh mozzarella

1 ounce red onion cut in thin shreds

3 medium basil leaves, cut in a fine chiffonade

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

Coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Salt to taste

Notes: This simple salad depends on outstanding ingredients and good timing. The tomatoes should be homegrown or farm-grown, vine-ripened. Buy just before using and do not refrigerate. Leave them on the counter. Use good-quality mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

* Prepare this salad just before serving, not longer than 30 minutes ahead of the time you plan to eat it.

* You may substitute vinaigrette dressing for the olive oil and white balsamic vinegar if desired. …

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