Friday, August 03, 2012

Recipe for Green Goddess Tomato-Mozzarella Stacks (with Green Zebras and Fresh Mozzarella)

Green Zebra Tomato and Mozzarella Stacks
Simple stacks of green zebra tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and Green Goddess dressing!

(For Phase One Fridays I highlight Phase One recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites.  Right now Green Zebra tomatoes are abundant at my house, and I love these little stacks of fresh tomato goodness.  Of course you can use any type of tomatoes if you don't have Green Zebras.)

Now that I've finally made Green Goddess Salad Dressing, I've been thinking about creative ways to use this dressing other than just drizzling it on a green salad (although salads with this dressing are spectacular!) Right now the garden is giving me lots of Green Zebra tomatoes, and I created this dish by imagining how the slightly-citrusy flavor of the Green Zebras would work with the complex flavors in the Green Goddess dressing. And wow! I loved this take on Caprese Salad with Green Zebra tomatoes, slices of fresh mozzarella, and Green Goddess dressing drizzled over. Of course, there are endless variations on this theme, so feel free to use any tomatoes you'd like and experiment with other kinds of cheese to enjoy with your Green Goddess dressing.

Slice fresh tomatoes to make 8 tomato slices, all about the same diameter.

Slice four thin slices of fresh mozzarella. (I used Bel Gioioso fresh mozzarella from Costco, which I really like, but if you have access to real buffalo mozzarella, it would be fantastic here. And just because I know some people will wonder, Bel Gioioso has not given me any cheese or paid me to write about their mozzarella.)

Make stacks with a slice of tomato, a slice of mozzarella, and another slice of tomato.

Then drizzle about 1 T of the Green Goddess Dressing over each tomato stack, and enjoy!


Green Goddess Tomato-Mozzarella Stacks
(Makes two first course servings, but easily adapted for more; this simple recipe idea created by Kalyn when she was swooning over Green Goddess Dressing and had Green Zebra Tomatoes from the garden.)

Ingredients:
8 slices fresh tomato (make all slices about the same diameter, I used Green Zebra tomatoes)
4 slices fresh mozzarella
3-4 T Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Instructions:
Slice tomatoes and fresh mozzarella into slices about the same thickness and diameter. (I made slices that were about 1/2 inch thick, with the mozzarella maybe a little thinner than the tomatoes.)

Make stacks with a piece of tomato, a piece of fresh mozzarella, and another piece of tomato, then drizzle about 1 T Green Goddess Dressing over each stack.

There are endless variations on this simple salad idea, using different types of tomatoes and other types of soft cheese such as Feta or Goat Cheese. You could also drizzle something like Basil Vinaigrette or Cafe Rio Style Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing over the tomato stacks for another variation.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This is a great first course or salad for any phase of the South Beach Diet, although if you make the Green Goddess Dressing with full-fat mayo if should be a "once-in-a-while-treat" if you're actively trying to lose weight.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Salad Ideas with Fresh Mozzarella:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs from Kalyn's Kitchen
Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from Kalyn's Kitchen
Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit from Kalyn's Kitchen
Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad from Simply Recipes
Fresh Mozzarella Bocconicini with Oven Dried Tomatoes and Basil Pesto Oil from My Husband Hates Veggies
Orchiette with Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes, and Garlic Chives from East Village Kitchen
Peach and Mozzarella Salad from Food and Paper
Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella Salad from Steamy Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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33 comments:

The Italian Dish said...

I haven't had Green Goddess Dressing in years! I'm going to have to make it now. What a pretty dish.

Kalyn said...

Thanks Elaine! I really loved it, but then how could you not love it with these ingredients?

CJ said...

Thinking of other ways to use green goddess? Serve as a sauce with cold poached salmon, turkey or chicken.

Stir into a cold pasta, quinoa or rice salad.

Use as a dip fro crudites.

It makes a great sandwich spread for tuna or tuna salad. Yummy in develied eggs too.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'm a sucker for color-coordinated dishes, and oh how I wish I had green zebra tomatoes in my garden! The Green Goddess dressing brings back memories for me, too. Thanks for such a beautiful reminder of how popular this once was.

Kalyn said...

CJ. great ideas! I especially like the sound of this as a sauce for fish; I would love that!

Lydia, how I wish you lived next door so I could share the Green Zebras with you. I sent about 10 home with my brother yesterday.

Cookin' Canuck said...

Simple and gorgeous! I am definitely going to be trying this Green Goddess dressing.

Kalyn said...

Dara, I know I keep repeating myself, but I love the Green Goddess dressing!

Bridget Davis said...

Ohh this looks refreshing!

Thanks for sharing.

Bridget Davis (@bridget_cooks)
The Internet Chef
Sydney [Australia]

Joanne said...

I am absolutely in LOVE with green zebra tomatoes at the moment! What a great use for the Green Goddess dressing.

CindyK said...

Help! How do you know when your Green Zebras are ready for picking? When I bought the plants the seller told me how to know - but I forget. Some of mine are actually tinged with orange. They sure are pretty and I cannot wait to try this recipe with them. Thanks Kalyn!

Kalyn said...

Here's a post I wrote about Green Zebra tomatoes that shows the stages of ripeness. I pick mine when they are just starting to turn yellow-green. Never had any that were what I would call "orange" so maybe yours are a slightly different variety. There's a tomato called Striped Zebra that I don't like quite as much.

Dawn said...

This looks great, I need to try whipping some up!

Kalyn said...

Thanks Dawn. If you have fresh tomatoes, this is a winner!

Modern Home Chef said...

I have done the tomato mozzarella salad with several types of tomatoes and dressings. I can't wait to try this combination.

Kalyn said...

Modern Home Chef, it's just always a winner isn't it?

LimeCake said...

i love the name of this dressing! looks delicious!

Kalyn said...

LimeCake, I think it's making a comeback!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I just had a green zebra tonight. It would have been wonderful to dress it with this Green Goddess!

Kalyn said...

TW, yes, but aren't the Green Zebras just wonderful.

tami said...

Kalyn-

You had me at Green Goddess - I've made it and talked about it on my blog so often, I should start another blog devoted just to that! This looks incredible - it's a recipe full of all of my most favorite things. So gorgeous :)

- tami

Kalyn said...

Tami, thanks! I loved this so much.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Kayln, I love Green Goddess Dressing! What a great idea to switch things up. I always serve this on a lettuce wedge with tomatoes, now you have me thinking of other ways to use it.

Kalyn said...

Gina, thanks, and I love the idea of Green Goddess on a lettuce wedge too!

Cristie said...

I have some green zebra's growing in my garden and two are about ready to pick. Can't wait to give this recipe a try. I use your Cafe Rio salad recipe all the time and I don't think I've thanked you for it, it is delicious.

Kalyn said...

Christie, so glad you're enjoying the Cafe Rio Style dressing recipe. Enjoy those Green Zebra tomatoes too! I'm having some for lunch or dinner today for sure.

Maria said...

This is all I need for dinner. Great recipe!

Kalyn said...

Maria, thanks! I could make a dinner out of this for sure.

Meredith said...

Oh my gosh, this look delicious! And so beautiful! Your photographs are gorgeous.
I've recently launched my own blog, I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think.
Thanks, and Happy Cooking!!!

Kalyn said...

Meredith, it looks like you're doing a nice job with the blog, keep up the good work.

bewitchingkitchen.com said...

Oh, my! I just posted on cucumber little cups with a dip inside, and then saw your post and decided I must try this recipe soon...

cucumbers are soooo refreshing!

Great post, Kalyn!

Eileen said...

This salad sounds super simple, but amazing! I love it! Who wouldn't want to stuff themselves with fresh garden tomatoes and mozzarella this time of year?

Jeanette said...

I always look for zebra tomatoes at the Farmer's Market in the summer - your Green Goddess Dressing sounds superb - can't wait to try this!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Green on green. I'm loving it and you made your own dressing too.
Sam

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