Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

Summer is tomato and basil season, and there is nothing better than heirloom tomatoes with fresh basil from the garden and fresh mozzarella cheese.

What are “heirloom tomatoes”?

Heirloom tomatoes are what tomatoes used to be before all of the variety and flavor were bred out of them so they could be more easily transported in trucks to supermarkets. You can find them at farmers’ markets and at Whole Foods, or you can grow your own. They come in many shades of red, yellow, orange, and green, and are somewhat oddly shaped compared to everyday beefsteak tomatoes.

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Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 tomato serves 1 to 2 people


  • Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh basil, leaves carefully chopped as not to bruise
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


Assemble the salad with slices of tomatoes, basil leaves, and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle extra virgin olive oil over the salad. Add a dash of vinegar and a very light sprinkling of salt and pepper. For a completely different flavor, you can substitute the mozzarella with thin slices of Parmesan.

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  • Sheeijan

    I tried this recipe out months ago, but I forgot to write a comment until now. Before this recipe, I have never eaten a raw tomato (not even in hamburgers). Now, I eat this dish at least once a week. This has become my absolute favorite dish. Over the summer, I hardly ate anything else. Once fresh tomatoes could no longer be found at the farmer’s markets, I had to turn to the grocery stores in desperation. They don’t taste nearly as good, but I think I can get by until next summer on them!

    Thanks so much for introducing me to such a lovely, healthy food.

    Note from Elise: I love hearing stories like this. Thank you for stepping out and trying something new!

  • Teresa

    I love the tomato, mozzarella & basil salad also. We sometimes add slices of avacodo and a sprinkling of pignolli nuts. – it’s delicious. Try some different flavored oils too. I brought home a lemon flavored olive oil from a recent trip to Italy and I could have cried when the bottle was finally empty. It was wonderful on this salad.

  • CJ McDonald

    A light sprinkle of chopped chives or sweet onions on top of tomatoes is also wonderful.

    Don’t forget— there’s only two things money can’t buy. True love……and home grown tomatoes! ;)

  • Meena

    Ohh Elise!! I love this recipe! Gonna run out and get the ingredients for tonite’s dinner. :o)

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