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5 easy dishes with 8 or fewer ingredients

By: Enrique Gili on Nov. 1, 2011, 6:09 p.m.
Tomato Salad

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Tomato Salad

Ripe tomatoes need almost no adornment, but the addition of fresh herbs and a little salt turns a refreshing vegetable into a refined salad.


  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
  • 4 ripe plum tomatoes, sliced thin
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup arugula, loosely packed
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Handful fresh basil, shredded

Time estimates

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes


  1. Stack sliced cheese and tomato sections on cutting board. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place arugula on center of plate. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil. Arrange sections around salad. Garnish with fresh basil. Serve at room temperature.

Serves 4 with rustic bread