Classic Tomato Mozzarella Stacks

When my sweetheart told me he lives on this luscious Italian dish all summer, I had to try it. One stop at the Farmers’ Market and we had all we needed: a ripe juicy tomato, some creamy mozzarella, and pungent fresh basil. We made the stacks in no time flat and after one heavenly bite, I knew why it is his favorite summer meal: Classic Tomato Mozzarella Stacks are ridiculously simple to make, you don’t have to heat up the kitchen to make them, and they taste like the essence of summer. Divine!


Per person (just multiply to feed the hordes)

1 medium to large ripe tomato (depending on how hungry you are, and if this is an appetizer or the main meal) cut into 1/4-inch-thick round slices
2 to 3 thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese
1 fresh basil leaf
Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
A few grinds of black pepper and a sprinkling of sea salt to taste
1 slice of baguette (optional, but the bread makes a nice base to soak up the tomato juices)

1. Alternate slices of tomato and cheese in a stack and top with a basil leaf. (If you want to use bread, you can either lightly toast a slice or leave it plain, and place the stack on top of it.)

2. Drizzle with olive oil, top with salt and pepper, and serve.

Buon appetito!

By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).


Sheri P.
Sheri P4 years ago

i eat this all summer too...nothing like it...

Dale O.

Looks delightful and very summery.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Faith Billingham
Faith Billingham5 years ago

Nice recipe, Great article, thanks for sharing

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T6 years ago


Anna Maria M.

a super app!

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton6 years ago

Nice recipe - thanks for posting.

Mario A.
Mario A6 years ago


Kath R.
Kath P6 years ago

Served this type of thing many times. The plates are always left clean with not even a splash of oil remaining....everyone loves it.