Tomato Basil Cheese Towers

Tomato Basil Cheese Towers

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian


This recipe for tomato basil cheese towers is just as easy as it is dramatic. The perfect summer appetizer or small dinner. 


  • 2 heirloom or beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1/4 pound fontina, mozzarella or other semi-soft cheese
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt


  1. Slice tomatoes and cheese into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Put basil and olive oil into a food processor and puree. Season with a pinch of sea salt.
  3. Stack tomato and cheese slices in alternating layers. Drizzle with basil puree, garnish with basil leaves and a grinding of fresh pepper and serve.


These towers are delicious all on their own, but I like to serve this on a bed of warm polenta or grits. You could also make extra basil puree. pour a puddle of it on the plate and stack the towers on that for extra basil flavor!