Tomato Salad Recipe with Fresh Mozzarella

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Here's our wonderful tomato salad recipe for your buffet party table. Elegant in every way, this salad is a real theme setter. Your guests will know you went all out for them.

Fortunately, you can do a lot of the preparation work the day before.

It is expensive to make, so follow our instructions carefully to get the most out of your costs.

The salad dressing recipe is very simple, but it’s the perfect addition to the salad because it adds natural flavor and still allows the cheese and tomato to emerge. (cool Chef talk…!) But hey – this is the real deal!!

Portions/Servings for the Tomato Salad Recipe

This recipe will feed 50 people, if you are you are serving entrees and/or appetizers. Remember that your guests are going to eat a little over a pound of food per person for dinner.
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Shopping List for 50 People:

___2 - 12-ounce packages of romaine hearts, pre-washed. These are sold as a 3-pack with romaine lettuce ready to eat.

___1 - large head of iceberg lettuce

___24 large, fresh vined-ripened tomatoes – only the best will do

___5 pounds fresh mozzarella cheese, imported is better, just watch your costs…

___6 small red onions

___Salt and pepper

___16 ounces of extra-virgin high-quality olive oil, the best quality you can afford

___1 small bunch fresh basil leaves


___1 medium can of cashews, salted

Procedure the Tomato Salad Recipe:

One Day Before the Party:

Peel and slice the red onions into 1/8”-thick rounds, separating them. Store in zip-lock bags and refrigerate.

Cut the mozzarella cheese into slices ¼” thick or less, and then cut in half or even into quarters based on the size of the cheese.

Take your time and do a very nice job cutting with a sharp, thin-blade knife.

TIP: Unwrap the cheese and loosely re-wrap with film, then place in freezer for 45 minutes before slicing. This will make it much easier to handle and cut.

Re-assemble the cheese the way it was before you cut it, store it in zip-lock bags and refrigerate.

On the Day of the Party:

Wash the heads of romaine lettuce, peeling off the outer leaves and removing the inner cores. Drain completely, transfer to zip-lock bags and refrigerate.

Break the iceberg apart. Cut the iceberg and romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces.

Carefully arrange into the disposable aluminum pan.

Pour about 1/3 of the olive oil on top of the lettuce, followed by one teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Toss this lettuce mix you’re your cleaned hands.

Wash and slice the tomatoes into ¼“ thick slices, cutting in ½ to make semi-circles. Arrange the tomatoes and the mozzarella cheese in an artful, decorative way on your lettuce, adding in the sliced onions. Once assembled, pour the remaining olive oil over all. Carefully shake one more teaspoon and ½ teaspoon for flavor and color.

Last, cover your creation with cashews. After covering with plastic film, refrigerate the salad.

Presentation for the Tomato Salad Recipe: Your Eyes Eat First

Transfer the aluminum pan of salad to your chilled chafing dish. Check out how to keep the salad nice and cold.


As a leftover, this salad has a limited life. Refrigerate it and enjoy it for the next couple of days.

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