• 1 200g punnet of cherry tomatoes
  • 200g bocconcini (baby mozzarella)
  • Small handfull of basil leaves

Dressing ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Author of this recipe

Callum James

Callum James

Salad blogger / food writer

“Life’s too short to eat average food”. This statement works perfectly with salads, as they are simple, fun and designed to be shared and enjoyed. Vegetables are a vital part of our diet — so... Read more
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Don't you like to offer something good when you invite friends over? How many times do we start the evening with a bowl of chips? This classic salad is what I consider a perfect starter. It's fresh, easy and a great way to start the conversation. My version adds red onion, which I find offers a sharp contrast to the sweet, juicy tomato and the somewhat bland Mozzarella.


  • It takes literally 5 minutes to put this impressive starter together. You can serve it on a sharing plate, but why not go one step further and give your guests their own mini plate. (It helps to catch the drips too!)
  • Slice the cherry tomatoes and bocconcini balls in half and add to the plate. Top with a small handfull of basil leaves.
  • Whisk together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. Drizzle over the salad.
  • Have some crusty bread on hand to soak up the dressing.
  • Now turn up the music and it's time to party. Home made Pizza for the main course?  Nah ... we'll just order them in! 

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