This tastes like the salad that is served at a famous Italian restaurant chain in my area. It's perfect with fresh loaf of crusty bread. For the best flavor be sure to use fresh whole-milk mozzarella it puts the packaged varieties to shame. You can find fresh mozzarella in Italian delis, gourmet markets, cheese shops and some grocery stores.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cheese, onion, oil, vinegar, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss and chill for 1 hour. Serve on large platter.

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Nutrition Facts

498.1 calories; 19.3 g protein; 12.7 g carbohydrates; 77.9 mg cholesterol; 154.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2011
Tomatoes and fresh basil are a classic combination! It doesn't get much better or much simpler that this - it's absolutely delicious! I decreased the onion and I probably could have left it out altogether. I plated this vs. tossing in all in a bowl. Plus I NEVER chill it but rather leave it at room temperature. It's so fresh and so good it could be a meal in and of itself! It's perfect with a a side a crusty Italian bread and a good wine. A definite crowd pleaser! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2004
The flavor was great but I think I'll stick with Bruschetta it's easier to eat. Read More
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162 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 120
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2011
Tomatoes and fresh basil are a classic combination! It doesn't get much better or much simpler that this - it's absolutely delicious! I decreased the onion and I probably could have left it out altogether. I plated this vs. tossing in all in a bowl. Plus I NEVER chill it but rather leave it at room temperature. It's so fresh and so good it could be a meal in and of itself! It's perfect with a a side a crusty Italian bread and a good wine. A definite crowd pleaser! Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2011
Tomatoes and fresh basil are a classic combination! It doesn't get much better or much simpler that this - it's absolutely delicious! I decreased the onion and I probably could have left it out altogether. I plated this vs. tossing in all in a bowl. Plus I NEVER chill it but rather leave it at room temperature. It's so fresh and so good it could be a meal in and of itself! It's perfect with a a side a crusty Italian bread and a good wine. A definite crowd pleaser! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2005
N.J. is known for growing the tastiest tomatoes in the country and we all know never to refrigerate these red beauties as they will lose their flavor. After combining the ingredients including garlic I just let the mixture sit on my counter to absorb all the wonderful flavors. Ten minutes before serving I added the cheese. Thanks so much Kathy for a great side!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2008
So Good!!! Using fresh picked tomatoes and basil from our garden really make this dish. A summer long favorite at lunch or dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2009
Use fresh ingredients...especially the mozzerella and seed the tomatoes so it's not a wet mess. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2004
This was a great salad. I messed up and got shredded mozzarella without thinking but it still turned out great! Rave reviews all around! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/14/2008
Very good salad. I only rated a 4 because I changed it up a bit by adding a clove of minced fresh garlic and making the dressing using 3 parts extra virgin olive oil to 1 part of the balsamic vinegar. 1/2 balsamic and 1/2 oil makes it very tart and overpowering. Make sure the balsamic is the best you can buy the older the better the more syrupy it is the better. Trader Joe's sells a very nice aged balsamic for less than 10 a bottle. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2004
Extremely easy and very tasty. A nice side dish for a bacon-wrapped filet mignon. Thank you for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2005
Loved this! Easy Fast and Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2004
I wanted add a new italian salad for italian night dinner. My husband and 17 year old daughter loved it. It was so flavorful and zesty. They ended mixing leftovers with lettuce berg. Thanks it was a hit! Raquel Altavilla Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/08/2004
The flavor was great but I think I'll stick with Bruschetta it's easier to eat. Read More
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