Gather ripe tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil.
Slice tomatoes and mozzarella into even rounds.
Arrange them on a platter with basil leaves.
Make herbed croutons for a crispy twist.
Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil over the salad.
Season with salt and cracked black pepper.
Top the salad with the homemade herbed croutons.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves for vibrancy.