Easy Tomato Mozzarella Salad Hasselback Style

tomato sliced hasselback style on a white plate with basil, mozzarella and balsamic vinegar

This tomato mozzarella salad is simple, yet elegant. It tastes absolutely amazing if you use fresh homegrown or farmer’s market tomatoes and a great quality balsamic vinegar. For the best look, plate them individually on salad plates when serving for a dinner party.

I have to admit, this is not an original idea. I saw a version of this online somewhere with mozzarella slices but thought if you used the mozzarella pearls or Ciliegine (paid link) (cherry sized mozzarella) it would be a little healthier in points. Normally I like to do caprese salad with cherry tomatoes on skewers but this is a nice twist!

Where did the term hasselback come from?

You’ve may have heard of hasselback potatoes. The Swedish side dish gets its name from a restaurant in Stockholm. Hasselback potatoes are seasoned potatoes, cut half- way through not quite to the bottom of the potato into thin fan-like slices. This hasselback caprese salad uses the same slicing technique, slicing the tomatoes not quite all the way through to the bottom. Super simple, yet eye-catching.

tomato sliced hasselback style on a black and white striped plate with basil, mozzarella and balsamic vinegar
For the best look, plate the hasselback tomatoes individually on salad plates when serving for a dinner party. Have guests add their own balsamic vinegar before eating.

How to make Caprese Tomato Mozzarella Salad – Hasselback style in pictures:

roma tomato sliced with knife

Wash and pat tomato dry. Slice tomato being careful not to cut all the way down to the bottom.

Roma tomato sliced with basil leaves in between slices and one mozzarella pearl

Fan out the tomato. Add basil leaves for garnish and a Mozzarella Pearl or Mozzarella Ciliegine (paid link) in between each slice. I prefer to use the pearl size because they are smaller, but I can’t always find them. The ones pictured here are the Mozzarella Ciliegine (paid link) cherry size.

tomato sliced hasselback style on a black plate with basil, mozzarella and balsamic vinegar

Sprinkle with kosher salt (paid link) and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar immediately before serving.

Other creative caprese tomato salad ideas:

heirloom tomato cut into flower shape with basil and mozzarella

For a different look, try using heirloom tomatoes. Cut the tomato into 5 sections and arrange basil and mozzarella -resembles a flower.

Watermelon Burrata Salad- closeup of tomatoes, basil, burrata on a black plate with a fork.

If you love tomatoes, you might also like my Summer Watermelon Tomato Salad with Burrata, Basil and Mint.

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Easy Tomato Mozzarella Salad Hasselback Style

Amy Lawrence
This tomato mozzarella salad is simple, yet elegant and tastes absolutely amazing if you use fresh homegrown or farmer's market tomatoes and a great quality balsamic vinegar. For the best look, plate them individually on salad plates when serving for a dinner party. 
Weight Watchers Points: 2 Smart Points per tomato for all plans
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 108 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 to mato - Romas work well you can use any kind but make sure they are fresh. I like Romas because of the long shape
  • 3-6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 oz.Mozzarella Pearls if you can find them or Mozzarella Ciliegine
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar - use a good quality the thicker the better. My absolute favorite is 18 year old traditional balsamic from Mediterraneo but I also love the oils and vinegars from Trio Carmel.
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash tomato and pat dry with paper towel.
  • Slice the tomato evenly being careful not to cut down all the way to the bottom.
  • Arrange the basil and Mozzarella Pearls or Ciliegine in between each slice of tomato. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve right away. You can make these up ahead of time, just don't put the vinegar on until right before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roma tomato with 1 oz mozarellaCalories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 7.1gProtein: 7.6gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 3.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 18.2mgSodium: 35.2mgPotassium: 283mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 116.7IUVitamin C: 13.8mgCalcium: 215mgIron: 0.4mg
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Amy Lawrence

Amy Lawrence is passionate about good food, losing and maintaining weight. She has combined her talents and love of cooking to produce delicious healthy recipes to help her followers stay on track. A military brat who has lived all over the U.S and Germany is an example for women who have had many successful careers in life, including special ed teacher, tea room owner, cookbook author, and publisher.

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