Tomato Mozzarella and Arugula Tower

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A beautifully presented salad made with summer tomatoes, arugula, part skim mozzarella, balsamic, basil and olive oil. This makes a wonderful vegetarian or low carb lunch for two, perfect for a hot summer day.

To enjoy this as a side dish, cut it in half down the middle and make this 4 servings.

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Tomato Mozzarella and Arugula Tower

276.6 Cals 12.2 Protein 9.2 Carbs 23 Fats
Yield: 2 servings
COURSE: Lunch, Salad
CUISINE: Italian


  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 3 oz part skim mozzarella, sliced into 6 slices
  • 2 cups arugula


  • In a small blender, combine basil, olive oil, balsamic, a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Slice the the top and bottom off of the tomato, discard.
  • Cut the tomato into 3 equal slices and season with a pinch of salt keeping the tomato intact to assemble the same way it was cut.
  • Place 3/4 cup of arugula on each plate.
  • Create two towers by layering the tomato, mozzarella, arugula, until two towers have formed, one on each plate.
  • Top tomatoes with the remaining arugula then top with fresh cracked pepper and drizzle with oil and vinegar.


Serving: 1tomato, Calories: 276.6kcal, Carbohydrates: 9.2g, Protein: 12.2g, Fat: 23g, Sodium: 349.2mg, Fiber: 1.9g, Sugar: 1.4g
WW Points Plus: 8
Keywords: Keto Recipes, low carb, Vegetarian Meals

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  1. this was amazing- I added some blueberries and strawberries

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  3. Have you tried it with mixed greens? My family isn’t a fan of arugula. 
    Any other suggestions

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  5. Made this for lunch and it was delicious! Because of my bp I cant use salt in anything so I made this without salt and even without it, it was delicious! Thanks Gina!

  6. Sorry if I wasn't clear, I drizzles it on top.

  7. do you spread the blended basil mixture on the tomatoes as well as part of the stack? Or is it drizzled on top? I'm confused what to do with it. Thanks!

  8. Yes, the cheese is where most of the points come from.

  9. I am confused how is this salad worth 8 points? Is it the cheese that makes it so many points. I was just wondering.

  10. Made this is a-maz-ing. Thank you so much…I LOVE this site!!!

  11. The basil goes in the blender with oil and vinegar.

  12. I don't think the instructions say where to put the basil, I'm assuming that gets layered as well? I'm making this for dinner tonight, can't wait!

  13. This picture is so pretty. I love the balsamic vinegar dripping off the argula.

  14. I am going to make this along with your chicken piccata recipe… I am so jealous of all of these amazing recipes that you have posted but also very happy because I will be busy for awhile!


  15. Wow! Definitely a winner.

  16. Your recipe was an inspiration for my today's breakfast! (
    )Thank you so much 🙂

  17. Love this! So tasty looking, and pretty too!

  18. Yum! I do an eggplant stack that's the same ingredients, with the addition of fried eggplant. So yummy =)

  19. Can't wait to give this a try.

  20. I love arugula too! Watercress I'm sure would be nice instead.

  21. Ummmmm! Love arugula!

  22. YUM – this looks great! I love the idea of a tower and the addition of arugula!

  23. How pretty is that salad! Sounds delicious with the spicy arugula!

  24. I love tomato and mozz! Adding the arugula makes it even more of a complete side dish. Perfect!

  25. Love anything involving arugula — that spicy, peppery kick just rocks!

  26. Yummy! Tomato mozzarella salads are one of my favorites! I always use basil though, I am going to have to try this with arugula! Great idea!

  27. This looks so yummy and fresh. We eat this all the time with basil… but the arugala looks so good and would give it such a kick of flavor… I'll be trying this asap for sure! Thanks for sharing!