The success of this simple and refreshing summer salad depends on the freshness of each ingredient. So, seek out the summer’s best bounty and strive for juicy vine-ripened summer tomatoes, crisp and crunchy cucumbers, creamy buffalo mozzarella, and vibrant basil leaves. A generous drizzle of a good peppery olive oil and tangy balsamic vinegar, a few turns of the pepper mill, and a good pinch of salt will have everyone reaching for seconds.
Layer cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh basil, and buffalo mozzarella artfully on platter or plate.
Drizzle liberally with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and season with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.