A simple side dish, which can also be eaten for lunch on a cold day. Don't be put off by the cream -- do use it -- the Swiss do! Otherwise, serve this as a side with simple pan-fried fish fillets and a green salad.
This is not really a recipe, so rather use the picture as a guide! Use both sliced and whole tomatoes, and try to get different-sized types. I made this for our hot-weather Christmas lunch, but it would be perfect for any occasion. We get the mozzarella balls in a light brine and the pretty white balls look great with the tomatoes, but you could cut up any good-quality mozzarella. The pesto was a nice bright green, but by the time I took the picture it had darkened somewhat. Quantities are guesses: I had a lot of tomatoes and more or less "arranged" them to taste. A large white round platter would be best to use -- I could not find one in time, so used a pale green one.
Once a year there comes a time when certain fresh produce is available in abundance. At the moment all kinds of tomatoes are seductive in their beauty and variety! I bought a bag of the small, sweet grape tomatoes and had to find a use for them other than in salads! This simple side dish is especially nice with a roast chicken rubbed with a hot sauce, with baby potatoes roasted alongside. Use lots of dried basil in this recipe if fresh sage is not available. Fresh basil is a little too sensitive to heat and lose its fragrance when heated.