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I had never heard of this dish before tasting it last summer at my fiancee's house. Then, everywhere I went it began to pop up. Its simple, down-to-earth charm depends upon the freshness of the ingredients - I can't wait for tomato season to return!
- 1 medium cucumber, sliced ¼-inch
- 2 – 3 tomatoes, sliced ¼-inch (preferably vine-ripened)
- ¼ red onion, very thinly sliced
- 8 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 3 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon good quality olive oil
- 2 – 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pinch sugar
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced ¼-inch (formaggio di buffalo)
- Combine vinegar and oil in small bowl; whisk in garlic, sugar and red pepper flakes.
- Arrange in individual stacks, or together on a serving platter, as follows: cucumber, tomato, onion, mozzarella.
- Repeat layers as necessary.
- Scatter basil leaves liberally.
- Drizzle vinaigrette; best if flavors are left to marinate for one hour.