Presentation by Food Stylist
Adapted From The World Encyclopedia of Cheese
by Juliet Harbutt
A popular salad, this dish depends for its success on the quality of its ingredients. Mozzarella di bufala is the best cheese to serve uncooked. Whole rip plum tomatoes give up their juice to blend with Minus 8 vinegar for a natural dressing.
5 ounces mozzarella di bufala cheese, thinly sliced
4 large plum tomatoes, sliced, sea salt to taste
1 large avocado
about 12 basil leaves or a hand full of flat leaf parsley leaves
3-4 tablespoons of Minus 8 Vinegar
Ground black pepper
1 Arrange the sliced cheese and tomatoes randomly on two plates. Sprinkle a few large pinches of sea salt on them. This will help draw out some of the juices from the tomatoes. Set aside in a cool place to marinate for about 30 minutes.
2 Just before serving, the avocado in half using a large sharp knife and twist to seperate. Lift out the pit and remove the peel.
3 Slice the avocado into half moons, or cut into large chunks if thats easier.
4 Place the avocado on the salad with basil or parsley. Drizzle on the Minus 8 Vinegar add a little more sea salt and the black pepper. Serve at room temperature, with chunks of crusty Italian ciabatta bread.