Simple Spiced Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Simple Spiced Tomato and Mozzarella Salad


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This simple tomato and mozzarella dish is not your usual salad. It’s spiced with red pepper flakes, currants, basil, and pine nuts, giving it an Arab-inspired twist, just like it’s made in southern Italy!

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Time needed

20 min preparation

Serving Size / Yield

4-6 servings


  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 Tbs. currants
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 Tbs. fresh basil, tightly packed and torn
  • 7 Tbs. toasted pine nuts
  • 6 medium ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 3/4 lb. fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil

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In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, garlic, pepper, red pepper flakes, onion, currants, and salt to taste. Let it stand 20 to 30 minutes. Just before serving, stir in basil and pine nuts.

Alternate slices of tomato and mozzarella on a plate. Lightly season each tomato slice with salt. Sprinkle each mozzarella slice with about 1 tsp. onion mixture and 1/2 tsp. pine nuts. Sprinkle the entire dish with oil and any leftover pine nuts and onion mixture.

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