Olive Oil Salad
This wonderfully easy recipe is a glorious dish, either on its own on summer days or as a starter before a more substantial meal. Serves 4 as a starter, or 2 as a main course.
the secret to a great olive oil salad
Adding a substantial dash of pure Spanish mountain Serriana olive oil to your tomato and mozzarella salad is what makes the difference!
It is, essentially, an olive oil salad with cheese and tomatoes.
Don't forget to add the basil too - or any aromatic herb, such as oregano or even sage.
Ideally, use fresh herbs. But if that's not possible - don't worry - olive oil will rehydrate your dries herbs and bring them back to life.
Just soak your herbs in a small bowl of Serriana olive oil and then use this to top the sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Easy as can be - really tasty and health too.
INGREDIENTS and method FOR TOMATO, MOZZARELLA CHEESE AND OLIVE OIL SALAD
Okay, here's how to do it...
ONE LARGE BEEFSTEAK TOMATO
Slice it into 6 to 8 pieces. Often, the uglier the tomato, the better the taste - but feel free to cut out any woody parts. If you don't have large beefsteak tomatoes, then, choose the tastiest tomato you can find. Typically, this will be locally grown or a type of on-the-vine cherry tomato.
250g of mozzarella cheese should be plenty. If you don't have mozzarella cheese, you can use other cheeses. Feta cheese also works well, but as it is already salty, don't add extra salt. Mature, crumbly cheddars or Manchego cheese also work well. However, the stronger the cheese, the thinner you need to slice it. And the less you need.
SERRIANA OLIVE OIL
Pour generously. You will really taste the olive oil flavour, so don't skimp.
FRESH AROMATIC HERBS SUCH AS BASIL OR OREGANO
(If you don't have fresh herbs, then, rehydrate your dried herbs by soaking them in olive oil for a few minutes.)
Salt will bring out the flavours. But, if your cheese is already salty, then you don't need it. Equally, if salt is not good for you, then feel free to leave it out - the smokiness of the olive oil will do the work for you.
Choose a large white(ish) plate to layout your tomatoes, then the mozzarella and then the herbs (salt optionally) and then pour the Serriana olive oil.