1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 - 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
16 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
Tomato slices (optional)
Baguette slices or crackers
Set aside several whole basil leaves for garnish. Using a sharp knife, chop remaining basil leaves. Combine chopped basil, oil, vinegar, and pepper in a medium bowl. Cut mozzarella into 1-inch cubes; toss cheese cubes gently with herb and oil mixture until cheese is well-coated. Cover and chill for 1 hour or up to 5 days.
Transfer cheese mixture to a serving dish; garnish with basil leaves and, if desired, tomato slices. Serve with baguette slices or crackers. Makes 14 to 16 servings.
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 100, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 18, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 1, Monosaturated fat (g) 3, fiber (g) 0, sugar (g) 0, pro. (g) 8, vit. A (IU) 242.95, vit. C (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 4.03, sodium (mg) 120, calcium (mg) 171.64, iron (mg) 0.18, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet