I think this is my favourite salad. It is so easy to throw together and any variation on it is welcome at my table. This time, I used a fresh, creamy Buffalo Mozarella, bought from Tony’s Italian deli, Buongiorno Italia in St Albans. The tomatoes are fresh plum tomatoes, now in season. A handful of rocket leaves and a few black olives. Some avocado wouldn’t have been out of place. A drizzle of good quality olive oil is essential. Usually, I go for a Tuscan olive oil, but this week I’ve been trying a hand picked, cold pressed olive oil made from Koroneiki olives called Olive Branch produced by a family who live locally to me in Hertfordshire, from olive farms in Crete. I think it stood up to the Italian ingredients well and it positively loved the fresh tomatoes.
My sister and niece also came over from Italy and brought me a small bottle of Crema Con Aceto Balsamico di Modena – a beautiful thick Balsamic glaze, which seeped into the olive oil and into the fresh cheese bringing it all to life. We ate the salad with a few slices of mortadella from Bologna and proscuitto crudo served on a board. Delizioso.
The summer holidays have arrived! I have realised that the only way I’m going to be able to keep up with blogging is to keep my posts short and simple. Is that possible? Let’s see…
I’m sending this salad across to Fleur at Homemade by Fleur who is hosting Simple and in Season for me this month as well as to Laura at How to Cook Good Food who co-hosts the One Ingredient Challenge with Working London Mummy. July’s ingredient is tomatoes.
What have you been eating now our summer seems to have finally arrived?!
With thanks to Olive Branch for the sample bottle of olive oil.