This is Patrick's favorite salad. It's the easiest thing in the world to make, but don't bother unless it's tomato season. Do not ever refrigerate tomatoes. It ruins their taste and texture.
Fresh tomatoes, never refrigerated!, sliced
Fresh mozarella, sliced
Fresh basil, chiffonade (sliced thinly)
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
Arrange the tomatoes and mozarella on a serving platter or on individual plates. Sprinkle with basil. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle liberally with salt and finish with a few grinds of pepper.