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Market Lunch: Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Salad

October 2, 2012

Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Basil

I’m back in Paris after a lovely summer in London and I’m loving my new neighbourood in the 15ème. It’s dotted with boulangeries, cute cafés at every corner, a lovely park (with free city wifi!) with a spot for beekeeping, a couple of fromageries (with one right downstairs from my apartment) and butchers who look like they’ve just walked out out a vintage Paris postcard.

It’s market day on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays on Rue de la Convention and that means, it’s play day for me. I’ve decided to buy something from the market every time I’m there and rustle up a lovely lunch for us. Today, when I saw this gorgeous basket of colourful tomatoes, I instantly wanted to make a tomato salad. So along with the basket of tomatoes, I bought a ball of mozzarella and a pot of basil (that now sits happily on my windowsill).

It’s so simple, it isn’t even a recipe. It’s a colourful, happy salad that comes together effortlessly and is testament to the fact that simple things made with the best and freshest ingredients are nothing but fabulous.

A basket of tomatoes
Basket of tomatoes

Good, unfiltered olive oil
olive oil

A handful of basil

A sprinkling of Maldon sea salt and pepper
Salt and Pepper

A plump ball of mozzarella

Et voila!
Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Basil


  • Reply veda October 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    yum yum!!!!!!nothing can beat this!

  • Reply Ann Mah October 2, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Beautiful! I’ve been making similar salads all month with the last of the tomatoes. Isn’t the 15e great? I always tell my friends that it’s the next new hip neighborhood. You heard it hear first! ;)

  • Reply Trudy Helfman October 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Very nice recipe. I also have basil growing in my kitchen window sill and I am ready to make the recipe.

  • Reply Vijitha October 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Everytime I read your post, I keep telling my husband to plan a trip to Europe. Since the time I moved from England, I have been waiting for an opportunity to visit the most beautiful cities again. I ate so such of tomato salad that I am done for the season and thought it’s time to move to soups and breads as the autumn has arrived. But there is no sign of autumn here. It’s so hot like summer and time for me to get back to salads. I am going to make this salad for a picnic I am planning with friends. They are super easy to fix.

  • Reply Marion October 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Just mulling over tomorrow’s lunch and I open this email and the salad is
    there smiling at me. Oh this will be my first harvest from my basil plant.

    Thanks a bunch.

  • Reply Kiran @ October 4, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    This salad is called “Caprese Salad” here in the US. Looks so fresh and yummy!

  • Reply indiamap October 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    OMG Love your Photos to the end!

  • Reply Holly October 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    ooh la la! le 15eme!
    I love those old, green and black tomatoes. They have such a wonderful sweet taste.

  • Reply Indian Foodie October 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Very summery and delicious!

  • Reply oeufsmayonnaise October 12, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    missing your blog posts! :)

    • Reply Shaheen October 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      =) i miss blogging too. torn between making/eating things and writing about it on the blog.

  • Reply Chariene Pinto October 17, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Really beautiful caprice! Would like to share a nice dessert recipe with you…

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