Fresca Salad


  • 6 Cups baby arugula washed, spun dry
  • 2 cups of sliced heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup freshly torn basil leaves
  • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella fresca thinly sliced or bocconcini sliced in half
  • 1/2 UP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of a white balsamic of choice
  • 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


Combine the Champagne and white balsamic in a small bowl and place the red onions in the bowl to quickly "pickle" for 5 minutes or up to 10 minutes.  The vinegar will turn a light shade of pink.  Remove the onions and reserve.  Whisk the mustard and salt into the vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking briskly and constantly to create a semi-emulsion.  

Just before serving dress the baby arugula with just a few drizzles of the vinaigrette.  Arrange the dressed arugula in layer in a shallow, wide bowl or platter.  Add the pickled onions, sliced tomatoes, cheese and torn basil leaves over the top.  Add a few more drizzles of the vinaigrette and fresh cracked pepper to taste.  Serve immediately with crusty bread to mop up any dressing left on the platter/bowls.

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