5 Ingredient Friday: Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Salad

This week’s 5 Ingredient Friday recipe is inspired by my CSA box! We’re on a Tomato and Basil overload this week, so I figured I’d make a delicious Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Salad for dinner one night. We had both Red Grape Tomatoes and Yellow Grape Tomatoes on hand, as well as a few Heirloom Tomatoes. You can use whatever kind of Tomatoes you have on hand as long as they are delicious!  This is so simple to make, and it tastes so fresh! And it’s a bonus that everything is organic and local.


  • Tomatoes (I used Red Grape Tomatoes & Yellow Grape Tomatoes)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper (freebies!)
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar Reduction


Slice up the tomatoes and place them in a bowl. Slice the Mozzarella and then cut up into chunks. Place the cheese in the bowl around the tomatoes. Cut up the fresh Basil and sprinkle all over the Tomatoes and Mozzarella.  Drizzle some olive oil all over the salad. To finish it off, drizzle some of the Balsamic Vinegar Reduction all over. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

This salad is so delicious and fresh tasting, it’s great for during the summer when you don’t want to turn on the stove or the oven.  We have so many tomatoes from our CSA that I didn’t know what to do with them all. But this was the perfect solution. And who doesn’t love an excuse to eat some fresh mozzarella?!

Getting ready for Spring – Chop(ped) Salad

It was really nice here in Philadelphia on Saturday. We had the windows open to let the fresh air in and it was so nice to be able to walk outside with a light jacket on. I decided it was the perfect day to make a nice Chop(ped) Salad. I’m so over the cold and this winter – bring on Spring!And with that means more salads and light dishes.

The Chop(ped) Salad was so easy and leftovers store well. There isn’t really a “recipe” for this – you just add in whatever chopped ingredients that you want. I’m not going to list amounts or anything like that – I’ll just mention what I put in, and there’s a picture to go with it.

Start with some Spring Mix or your favorite kind of lettuce and chop it up…

Cook some Ditalini Pasta and let it cool. Add that on top of the Spring Mix…

Cube up some Cooked Chicken and add that on top of the Pasta…

Chop up some Cucumbers and place them on top of the Chicken…

I chopped up one Carrot and added that in for some nice color…

The best part – some high quality smoked BACON!

Toss it all together and you have the finished product!

I added in a little Gorgonzola Cheese and my favorite dressing to what I put in my bowl. I did not mix the dressing in with it all because I didn’t want it to get soggy.  It kept well in a Tupperware container for a few days.  Mr. Curly Fry even said he liked it better the 2nd day when it was extra cold!

What other ingredients would you add to your Chop(ped) Salad?