Mozzarella and Tomato Salad with Parsley Pesto

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 | 19 comments

Mozzarella and Tomato Salad with Parsley Pesto

This is one of the simplest, healthiest but bursting with flavours meals to put together.

And when the garden is full of juicy ripe tomatoes, I make it again and again. And OH makes his observation ‘ can you believe this tomato was only picked 5 minutes ago’ again and again and again. I don’t have the heart to tell him he says that every time and he probably does not have the heart to tell me that I make this tomato salad all the time.

It is essentially a healthy salad recipe with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella all topped with some pesto. For this recipe I have used a parsley pesto. But any pesto will do.

So what are you waiting for?

This is the final recipe in my pantry staple spotlight on tomatoes. Please also check out the slow roasted tomatoes with herbs recipe.

This recipe was shared at the weekend potluck and Foodie Friend Friday  and the cooking with herbs over at Lavender and Lovage recipe link up.

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Mozzarella and Tomato Salad with Parsley Pesto
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It is a healthy tomato and mozzarella salad topped with some pesto.
  • For the parsley pesto:
  • 25g (1 oz) Parsley
  • 25g (1 oz) Parmesan cubes
  • 25g (1 oz) roasted cashew nuts
  • ½ garlic clove crushed
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 50ml (1/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • For the tomato salad:
  • Fresh tomatoes as many as you want
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese as much as you want
  1. Dry roast the cashew nuts and dry until they are golden and then transfer to a cool container immediately (or they will keep cooking on the hot frying pan).
  2. Put parsley, parmesan, cashew nuts, garlic cloves, salt and pepper into a food processor and whiz into a paste.
  3. If you like your pesto chunky then whizz for a shorter time than you would if you want it smoother.
  4. Transfer paste into a container and slowly drizzle in olive oil mixing all the time till pesto is saturated. I added in about 50mls for this amount which is more than normal. But I was using an outdoor growing parsley that was a bit tough. If you have softer parsley you might use less oil.
  5. Adjust seasoning and set aside.
  6. Slice the mozzarella and tomatoes and arrange them in a salad bowl.
  7. Top with the pesto and a drizzle of olive oil and serve with some warm crusty bread.

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  1. What a pretty salad :-) I want to eat this now!

    • Well if you got the tomatoes then what are you waiting for?

  2. The first time I tried tomato and mozzarella was at my friend’s house 10 years ago. We had gone out and came back at around midnight full hungry of course. It was amazing and since that I have been enjoying this simple salad. Now I need to try it with your parsley pesto! =D

    • Funny, but I am like you in that I remember a lot of my firsts when it comes to food.

  3. This a really beautiful salad and I love how simple it is. I am so jealous you have an abundance of fresh produce in your garden…wish my little porch tomatoes were that productive!

    • I have the OH to thank for our abundance. =D

  4. Sounds delicious! And your photo is so visually appealing. I bet it would be fabulous with some crusty bread…yum!

    • Oh Tammy, it soooooooo is.

  5. Oh nice twist on a Caprese salad. A salad I adore.

    • Thanks Jacqueline. I see you have posted a babyccino. I want to make one of those.

  6. It looks divine Bintu. You can’t beat super fresh tomatoes :)
    Janie x

  7. That looks really good!

  8. I’ve never tasted a parsley pesto before, but it sounds tasty with the cashews and parmesan. And with a salad this simple to prepare, I can see why it’s a regular! Tasty, easy and healthful!

    • Thanks Javelin Warrior. I only started making parsley pesto this year and its been fun.

  9. Parsley pesto sounds nice, I must try it :) Salad looks lovely Bintu, so summery!

    • Thanks Sylvia. I am new to parsley pesto.

  10. Another great recipe to use our tomatoes up. This looks really delicious and healthy too. Cant wait to make it for us. I have never made the parsley pesto but have tasted it . thanks for the recipe


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