Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs
Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs is easy to make ahead, and it will get gobbled up quickly whether you serve it as an appetizer or a salad!
Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs might be the easiest salad or 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 (affiliate link).
And thanks to Joanne from Eats Well with Others who tells me these little balls of Mozzarella are called Bocconicina which means “little balls” in Italian. But if you can’t find little balls of Mozzarella like I used, just slice up fresh Mozzarella and cut it into small cubes.
I used mostly basil for the herbs, with just a tiny bit of oregano, but I’m thinking mint would be also great in this, and in fact you could probably use any type of fresh herbs that appeal to you. And one of the best things about this as a party salad or an impressive appetizer is that you can make it ahead and let it marinate at room temperature while you’re preparing other parts of the meal; enjoy!
How to Make Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs:
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- Drain the mozzarella pearls, or if you’re using larger pieces of fresh mozzarella, slice and then cut them into bite-sized pieces.
- Wash the herbs and spin dry with salad spinner (affiliate link) or dry with a paper towel.
- Finely chop herbs 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.
- Mix together the pieces of Mozzarella and herb mixture and marinate for 30-60 minutes at room temperature.
- Serve and wait for raves from your family or guests!
More Recipes Using Use Fresh Basil:
Summer Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette, and 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
- 1 lb. fresh mozzarella pearls (see notes)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (see notes)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp. fresh red pepper flakes (more of less to taste)
- Drain mozzarella in a strainer placed in the sink while you wash and chop herbs.
- Be sure mozzarella is drained well, and pat dry with paper towels if needed.
- Wash herbs, spin dry in salad spinner or blot dry with paper towels, then finely chop enough fresh herbs to make 1/2 cup.
- Mix chopped herbs with olive oil and red pepper flakes, and season with a generous amount of salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- Put mozzarella pieces into a plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting lid, add olive oil mixture, and stir to combine.
- 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.
- Serve at room temperature.
This would make about 8 servings if serving as an appetizer.
I used fresh mozzarella pearls for this recipe, but you can cup up mozzarella into small cubes if you don't find the pearls. Measure the 1/2 cup herbs after chopping; I used mostly basil with just a few tablespoons of chopped oregano but use any herbs you have on hand.
Recipe adapted from an idea in How to Cook Everything (affiliate link).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 518Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 724mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 21g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs is a great appetizer for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, or other low-carb eating plans. South Beach would recommend low-fat mozzarella, while other diets will prefer full fat cheese.
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