Here’s a salad you will most definitely fall in love with: Fresh Mozzarella and Kumato Tomato Salad
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my amazing dining experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Ruth’s Chris has never before released any of their recipes to the public, but they’ve agreed to let me share one of their salad recipes today with my Recipe Girl readers! I made this recipe for a special date-night-in evening with my husband. We enjoyed this salad immensely with a perfectly cooked piece of filet mignon.
This salad recipe begins with Kumato tomatoes. Don’t let that fancy name scare you. Kumato tomatoes are sold in most markets in a package- right next to your everyday kind of tomato. Kumatos are a Spanish variety of tomato with a slightly sweeter taste than regular tomatoes. They can be greenish, plum color or purple. I think they make for an interesting look for a tomato salad, and I love their sweet flavor.
Sliced Kumato tomatoes are tossed with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette. This recipe also calls for fresh mozzarella. I’d suggest picking up really good fresh mozzarella from a specialty market for best results.
Do not skip drizzling a balsamic glaze on top. Balsamic glaze can be found at almost any market near the regular balsamic dressing- or in the Italian section. It’s a reduced, sweet, syrupy glaze that makes this salad taste incredible. Believe me, you’ll want to use it for other things too– like drizzling over chicken or fish.
My husband and I absolutely loved this recipe, and it will be a repeater in our house (a rare thing!) on date nights. I’ll have to try it out on my son too because I think that balsamic glaze might just turn my teenager on to tomatoes. It’s worth a try anyways!
You can also try this recipe at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. They have the largest collection of upscale steak houses in the world- and they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary of being in business this year! I love to experience their restaurant when I have special guests in town- it’s an impressive place to entertain, and all of their food is excellent. Ruth’s Chris also has a Sizzle, swizzle & Swirl menu -which has $8 entrees and cocktails- available in limited locations. My husband has used this option on many occasions while traveling on business– he loves their steak sandwich! Ruth’s Classics Menu is a great 3-course seasonally inspired menu for those with a limited budget: http://www.ruthschris.com/
Fresh Mozzarella and Kumato Tomato Salad
Prep Time:20 minutes
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Sugar in the Raw (see notes below)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt (see notes below
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 to 6 small Kumato tomatoes, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons balsamic dressing (from recipe above)
- 2 teaspoons balsamic glaze (see notes below)
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons torn fresh basil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Prepare the dressing: Add all ingredients to a jar or bowl with a lid. Shake or whisk together; store refrigerated for up to one week.
- Assemble the salad: Place the tomatoes in a medium bowl and drizzle 2 tablespoons balsamic dressing on top. Toss gently. Divide the tomatoes between two plates or bowls. Top with the fresh mozzarella pieces. Drizzle balsamic glaze and olive oil on top. Sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper.
- If you are unable to locate Sugar in the Raw at your market, it's okay to substitute brown sugar.
- Don't worry about the amount of salt in the dressing! The Ruth's Chris chef assured me that the salt in the dressing is intense because so little dressing is used on the salad; tomatoes crave salt! I made the dressing as written, and he's right... it's perfect!
- Balsamic glaze can be purchased in specialty markets, and you'll also find in many well-stocked regular markets too. Look for it near the balsamic vinegar.
Disclosure: I’m working with Ruth’s Chris Steak House to help them celebrate their 50th anniversary. This recipe was provided to me to make and share with my readers. I loved it!! All opinions shared are my own.