Tomato and Mozzarella salad with basil pesto

Terry Lyons serves up a simple starter on MasterChef Ireland


  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 ball mozzarella
  • basil leaves
  • pesto:
  • 50 g basil leaves
  • 15 g pine nuts
  • 20 g parmesan
  • 0.50 clove garlic
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • salt


  1. Slice the tomatoes + mozzarella into discs.
  2. Arrange 4 tomato discs with 3 discs mozzarella + 3 basil leaves on a plate.
  3. To make the pesto, lace all the ingredients in a blender + add oil as required. Season to taste.
  4. Spoon some pesto over the tomato and mozzarella.
  5. Add some more oil to a small amount of pesto to thin out and drizzle around plate.


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