Nana has long served garden fresh tomatoes with mozzarella and her homemade dressing.   Thanks to The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond, she has learned to mix mayonnaise and pesto together in order to add extra deliciousness.


Salad Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise mixed with 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 12 fresh mozzarella slices
  • 12 tomato slices
  • 12-24 large basil leaves for garnish

Ingredients for Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh basil

Instructions for Salad

  • Slice zucchini diagonally into twelve ¼-inch slices.
  • Brush both sides of zucchini with pesto. Place on grill just until grill marks form on each side. Set aside to cool.
  • Top each zucchini with 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise and pesto mixture.
  • Starting with the zucchini, stack mozzarella then tomato slices to form an arrangement.
  • Then top each arrangement with 1 or 2 basil leaves.

Now Make the Dressing

  • To make dressing, combine first five ingredients and emulsify for 15 seconds.
  • Gradually add oil while emulsifying.
  • Add basil last to prevent over chopping and emulsify until desire consistency.
  • Drizzle dressing over each zucchini arrangement.