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Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette has all the flavors of summer and you can make this with cut-up pieces of Mozzarella if you can’t find the Mozzarella Pearls I used!  

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Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette is the perfect salad to make when it’s fresh tomato season and your garden is bursting with tomatoes and fresh basil. However it can also have mood-enhancing properties if it’s a very rainy first week of summer where you live, even if you have to buy tomatoes from Costco and it takes every basil leaf you can manage to snip from your puny plants.

I have to confess though, it was the adorable mozzarella pearls made by Bel Gioisio Cheese I found at Costco that really inspired this salad. If you’re not familiar with fresh mozzarella, it’s a very soft cheese that comes packed in brine. The “pearls” are tiny pieces about the size of marbles, and they were delicious with the tomatoes and fresh basil. (And in case anyone is wondering, Bel Gioisio hasn’t given me any free Mozzarella and has no idea I’m writing about their cheese!) But if you don’t find those Mozzarella Pearls at your store, just make this tasty salad with cut-up pieces of Mozzarella, no worries!

More About Fresh Basil:

Basil is considered by many to be the best of all herbs. I’ve grown it in my garden for about 30 years, and I always start with one or two purchased seedlings, then plant basil seeds for an inexpensive patch of basil. Every year I freeze fresh basil from my garden, and use it all through the winter. The fresh basil flavor is the essence of this salad.

What is Basil Vinaigrette?

I think Basil Vinaigrette is one of the essential things to make when it’s summer and you have fresh basil. You can make it by simply mixing fresh chopped basil into purchased vinaigrette dressing like I did in this recipe. Or check my post about Basil Vinaigrette for Drizzling on Tomatoes, Veggies, Chicken, or Fish for a more intensely-flavored version and ideas for using it.

Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad process shots collage

How to Make Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I tried the salad a few different ways, but I actually preferred it with plain old black olives from a can rather than with Kalamata or Spanish olives. I used the extra large sized olives.
  2. These are the adorable Mozzarella pearls I found at Costco.
  3. If it was fresh tomato season I’d make this with juicy ripe tomatoes, cut into bite-sized chunks, but I had to make do with these grape tomatoes from Costco, which are actually pretty tasty.
  4. I drained the olives and Mozzarella pearls, then cut the tomatoes, olives, and mozzarella all in half to make uniform sized pieces. (Oops, no photo of that I guess!)
  5. Wash the fresh basil and chop. Do this right before you’re ready to mix it into the dressing.
  6. I used my favorite vinaigrette, but if you can’t find that one Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link) is a good low-sugar vinaigrette. 
  7. Mix the chopped basil into the vinaigrette.
  8. Gently combine the dressing with the cut tomatoes, olives, and mozzarella pearls, then season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  9. This is best served immediately, but I had some that had been in the fridge overnight that I shared with my contractors, and even though tomatoes never taste as good after they’ve been refrigerated, they gave it a thumbs up.

Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from KalynsKitchen.com

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Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Marinated Fresh Mozzarella with Herbs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from KalynsKitchen.com

Tomato, Olive, and Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette has all the flavors of summer!


  • one 6 oz. can large black olives, drained and cut in half
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella pearls, cut in half (or use regular fresh mozzarella and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup vinaigrette dressing (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Drain olives and fresh mozzarella pearls while you cut cherry tomatoes in half; place tomatoes in bowl.
  2. Cut olives and mozzarella pearls in half and put in bowl with tomatoes.
  3. Wash basil and spin dry in salad spinner or dry with paper towels, then chop or tear basil into small pieces.
  4. Mix chopped basil into vinaigrette dressing, then gently combine dressing with the tomato mixture.
  5. Season to taste with fresh ground black pepper and serve immediately.


I used Fresh Mozzarella Pearls and my favorite vinaigrette for this recipe. If you can't find that vinaigrette where you live, Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link) is another good choice and that has only 1 gram of sugar per serving.Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 772mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 13g

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette is a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet, and the recipe is also great for mother other low-carb eating plans. The highest carb item here is the tomatoes, so use more olives and Mozzarella and less tomatoes if you prefer. South Beach would prefer low-fat Mozzarella and other low-carb diets might prefer full-fat mozzarella. If you’re using a purchased vinaigrette, be sure to choose a low-sugar version for South Beach or low-carb dieters.

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    52 Comments on “Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette”

  1. I have some tomato plants growing in my backyard. When they start bearing fruit, I will try this lovely salad.

  2. Love tomatoes, love mozzarella, love fresh basil! This looks like an excellent summer dish. Very pretty too. Can't wait for fresh garden tomatoes for dishes like this.

  3. Love this salad, so vibrant! I think our Costco membership just ran out, I am bummed. I do enjoy that place!

  4. Yum! I will be making this soon! Even though I have a bottle of your favorite vinaigrette (thanks Costco!),I think I'd like to try a balsamic vinegar & olive oil vinaigrette on it…to make it taste even more like the Caprese salad that my family loves. I’m also going to look for the mozzarella pearls next time I go to Costco. I haven’t seen them before! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. I love the combination of basil, tomatoes and mozarella. I definitely think it makes one of the best salads in the world! And the summer is the best time for this. I like your variation on the "classic" salad as i've not done it with vinaigrette before.

  6. We love this salad, but yours has a few variations I'd love to try — the dressing sounds delicious with the basil in it. It would definitely get poured over pasta here. Yum!

  7. This is one of our favorite salads, Kalyn – we make it all the time! I love the addition of the olives.

  8. I have a big ball of mozzarella cheese in my fridge right now begging to be used…Tonight might have to be the night!

  9. So yummy! I love those mozzarella pearls, too – but am hoping to start making my own soon. Mozzarella prices just keep going up and up, and my favorite mozzarella cheeses are usually the most expensive. Thanks for a simple, colorful salad!

  10. This salad looks so fresh and delicious! I bought some of those mozzarella pearls at Costco, too. Aren't they fun? My kids love to pop one or two into their mouths.

  11. Me again; here's the link for Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing, a widely available commercial dressing that has only 1 gram of sugar. This would be a good choice for the dressing for this salad.

  12. So glad people are liking the sound of this easy variation of caprese salad. I think hearts of palm or artichoke hearts would be divine in place of the olives. It would also be fun to make this with just two colors of tomatoes and the mozzarella pearls, if you're lucky enough to have tomatoes already.

    Micki, the dressing has soybean oil, water, red and white wine vinegar, mustard, salt, sugar, Xanthum gum, black pepper, polyglycerol esters of fatty acids, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citric acid, tartric acid, and spices. (There can't be more than a pinch of sugar, since there is 0 grams of sugar in this.) If I was going to try to make the dressing at home I'd mix white wine vinegar, a dash of red wine vinegar, finely minced garlic, a tiny bit of mustard, and salt and pepper, then whisk in olive oil until it tastes as strong as you'd like it. A dressing like Paul Newman's Original Vinaigrette would be a good substitute. I'll add that to the post.

  13. We grow our own tomatoes and basil so this is a perfect choice for tonight. Thanks!

  14. I love caprese salads like this. I bet it would also be great as a pasta sauce. This dish screams summer for me!

  15. Kalyn, any chance you can list the ingredients in the recommended dressing that isn't available to most of us? No fair wetting our appetites and then discovering we can't buy it 🙁

  16. Hi Kalyn! Looks great – I buy cherry toms in bulk and am always in need of a way to use them. Do you have any thoughts about what to use in place of the olives? My husband won't touch them. Maybe hearts of palm or artichoke hearts??

  17. That looks like such a refreshing dish for summer, Kalyn! I've been getting all my meal ideas from your blog lately. Some of your recipes are perfect for the lazy low carb cook. I posted some potentially south beach friendly pancakes that you might want to peek at. 🙂

    Keep up the cooking, Kalyn! Thanks a bunch.

  18. Love that salad, quick to make for a great lunch.

  19. Hi Kalyn, I have been a silent follower of your blog for a while. Your recipes are wonderful. I have tried a couple of your salad recipes and they all turned out very well! This one with tomatoes and mozzarella looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  20. This looks so delicious! What a perfect summery dish. We have some tomato plants in our garden, and basil too. When the tomatoes are ready I really want to try this! Thanks for the recipe 😀