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Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs

This Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs is simple, but it will get gobbled up quickly at a party! And this appetizer or salad with fresh herbs is low-carb, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet Phase One. Use Appetizer Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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This tasty Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs might be the easiest appetizer you’ve ever whipped up, and I’m guessing it will impress your friends. After I discovered mozzarella pearls at Costco and made Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad, I heard from a lot of readers who loved the idea of the little balls of fresh mozzarella. I thought it might be fun to try another way to use them, and this recipe is adapted from one I found in How to Cook Everything.

I used mostly basil, with just a tiny bit of oregano, but I’m thinking mint would be great in this, and in fact you could probably use any type of fresh herbs that appeal to you. (Edit: Thanks to Joanne from Eats Well with Others who tells me this is called Bocconicina which means “little balls” in Italian.) Basil goes so perfectly with fresh mozzarella, and I can’t wait until my now-tiny plants produce a lot more of it.

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Drain the mozzarella pearls, or if you’re using larger pieces of fresh mozzarella, cut them into bite-sized pieces. Wash the herbs, spin dry or dry with a paper towel, and then finely chop with a chef’s knife. Mix olive oil, chopped herbs, salt, fresh ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes. I used just 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, but you can bump it up a bit more if you’d like it spicy. After the fact I realized that marinating this in a yellow container made for bad photos, but whatever type of container you use, marinate for 30-60 minutes at room temperature.

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More Recipes Using Use Fresh Basil:

Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and Fresh Herbs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Crustless Three-Cheese Tomato Basil Quiche ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
White Bean and Basil Hummus ~ Reluctant Entertainer
Cauliflower Rice with Basil, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Stacks ~ Aggie’s Kitchen

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs is a great party appetizer that will get gobbled up quickly!


  • 1 lb. fresh mozzarella pearls (or use any type of fresh mozzarella and cut into bite-sized pieces, see notes)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (measure after chopping; I used mostly basil with just a few tablespoons of chopped oregano)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh red pepper flakes (more of less to taste)


  1. Drain mozzarella in a strainer placed in the sink while you wash and chop herbs.
  2. Be sure mozzarella is drained well, and pat dry with paper towels if needed.
  3. Wash herbs, spin dry in salad spinner or blot dry with paper towels, then finely chop enough fresh herbs to make 1/2 cup.
  4. Mix chopped herbs with olive oil and red pepper flakes, and season with a generous amount of salt and fresh ground black pepperl
  5. Put mozzarella pieces into a plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid, add olive oil mixture, and stir to combine.
  6. Put lid on container and marinate mozzarella at room temperature for 30-60 minutes, turning container over a few times so the mozzarella stays covered with the olive oil-herb mixture.
  7. Serve at room temperature.


I used fresh mozzarella pearls for this recipe, but you can cup up mozzarella into small cubes if you don’t find the pearls.

Recipe created by Kalyn.


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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs is a great appetizer for any phase of the South Beach Diet, or low-carb eating plans. South Beach would recommend low-fat mozzarella, while other diets might prefer full fat cheese.

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    33 Comments on “Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs”

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  2. Can you believe I’ve never made my own fresh mozzarella and herbs? Now I will. Recipe looks delish!

  3. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. I cut cheese sticks and put them in this marinade. Afterwards I put cherry tomatoes on top skewed with a toothpick. Makes a great appetizer! If I have leftover basil, I'll skew a small piece in between. So yummy!

  5. I posted today my mozzarella salad recipe… it was delicious. Thank you for being always an inspiration!

  6. This looks delicious, Kalyn! Thanks for posting this great idea.

    I'd love to try it exactly as you have but our basil is absolutely miniscule right now. However, last night, we garnished our fettucine alfredo with marjoram. Marjoram and cheese is fantastic!


  7. I love fresh mozzarella. I first came across a variation of this years ago. It's so simple and delicious but so many people don't know how to use these ingredients. Your variaion looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Yum! This would be great for a homemade bridal shower or something like that. Thank you for this great recipe!

  9. i've bookmarked this to make on the weekend! gorgeous!

  10. Great way to use mozzarella!!!! 🙂

  11. Oh I love nothing more than fresh cheeses and the herbs make it look like the perfect summer dish!

  12. So beautiful! Marinated mozzarella was always one of my favorites. Perfect for summer.