Mixed Greens with Roasted Tomatoes, Mozzarella Pearls, and Homemade Croutons

I had a sudden craving pop into my head the other day. I wanted a simple salad with roasted tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, homemade croutons, and pinenuts. I tossed it in Fran’s Simple Vinaigrette right before serving. We all enjoyed the salad. The tomatoes were sweetly roasted and the little bites of mozzarella were creamy and delicious. The homemade croutons topped this salad off nicely along with the pine nuts and the vinaigrette. This salad paired really well with the Broccoli, Cheese, and Potato Soup.

Prepare Fran’s Simple Vinaigrette - find recipe here. Cover with a lid or saran wrap; set aside to allow flavors to mingle.

Prepare the Garlic and Herb Homemade Croutons – find recipe here. Set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray.

Place the grape tomatoes into the baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, and minced garlic then season with sea salt, and fresh cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to coat the tomatoes evenly.

Place into the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and place them on a plate to cool.

Place the romaine lettuce and mixed greens into a serving bowl. Top with the cooled roasted tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, homemade croutons, and toasted pinenuts. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, to taste; mix well until evenly coated. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Mixed Greens with Roasted Tomatoes, Mozzarella Pears, and Homemade Croutons

Yield: 4

Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

2 tsp basil olive oil
1 cup of grape tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
2 cups of romaine lettuce
2 cups of mixed greens
2 tbsp mozzarella pearls
Croutons, to taste (recipe link above)
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
Frans Vinaigrette (recipe link above)

Directions:

Prepare Fran's Simple Vinaigrette - see recipe link above. Cover with a lid or saran wrap; set aside to allow flavors to mingle.

Prepare the Garlic and Herb Homemade Croutons - see recipe link above. Set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray.

Place the grape tomatoes into the baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, and minced garlic then season with sea salt, and fresh cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to coat the tomatoes evenly.

Place into the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and place them on a plate to cool.

Place the romaine lettuce and mixed greens into a serving bowl. Top with the cooled roasted tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, homemade croutons, and toasted pinenuts. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, to taste; mix well until evenly coated. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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16 Responses to “Mixed Greens with Roasted Tomatoes, Mozzarella Pearls, and Homemade Croutons”

  1. 1

    gloria — September 8, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    Pam this salad look perfect and delicious!!!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — September 8, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    What a great idea to add roasted tomatoes to mixed green salad! Looks scrumptious Pam!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — September 8, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    We were just talking about needing more salads in our life, and this is just the perfect addition! Thanks!

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    Blond Duck — September 9, 2013 @ 5:14 am

    I love those tomatoes!

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    Jenn — September 9, 2013 @ 5:26 am

    Great looking salad, Pam! I love the idea of roasting the tomatoes first!!

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    Larry — September 9, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    Looks like a delicious hot weather meal Pam.

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    Marjie — September 9, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    It must have been a wonderful meal. We love salads, too.

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — September 9, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    I have never tried roasting tomatoes for a salad but now think I need to. Must be so good with the mozzarella pearls.

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    Joanne — September 9, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    You can’t ever go wrong with this kind of salad! Roasted tomatoes and mozzarella were meant for each other.

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    The Café Sucre Farine — September 9, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    What a delightful salad you dreamed up Pam, I love everything about it! It looks like every bite would burst with flavor!

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    yellowfish — September 9, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    This looks so great- I don’t like raw tomatoes so always feel like I have to miss out on caprese-like salads, but roasting them is a really good idea!

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — September 9, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    I love everything about this salad. It looks absolutely delicious.

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    justagirlfromaamchimumbai — September 9, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    Wow that is so healthy and fresh. Tomatoes and Mozzarella are my 2 favorite ingredients in the whole world.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 10, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    This is healthy and delicious! Exactly something I would like for my dinner.

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    Lia — September 10, 2013 @ 2:17 am

    I love this combination and the detail of roasting the tomatoes makes all the difference in terms of final flavour!
    Cheers and thanks for sharing your delicious suggestions,
    Lia.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — September 10, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    Great salad! I don’t roast tomatoes often enough.

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