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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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

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 haven't seen those little mozzarella balls at Costco's but will have to check it out. I made something similar a few weeks ago for the kids, letting the tomato, mozzarella, basil, garlic salad sit at room temperature and then tossing it with hot pasta. Olives would have been a nice addition.

  2. I love salad. This is definitely a rainbow salad! Tomatoes and mozzarella looks so colourful, so beautiful… and I bet it tasted so delicious 🙂 This is totally new for me but it looks so yummy. Try to make tonight. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Cheryl, I feel the same way when I think about never eating at Le Parisien again. And the bank is now closed, and nothing is there.

  4. Thanks! I just had this for lunch – I'd been looking for something to use up my Costco mozzarella pearls and grape tomatoes. I'd figured on a Caprese-style thing, but did a search for something more interesting. The olives were a nice addition. My husband really enjoyed it too!

    BTW, I cried when I heard Le Parisien had closed. It was one of my favorite restaurants. I'd just gone there about 2 weeks earlier, and had no clue that it would be closing or I'd have gone every day until it was gone!

    I still practically cry (or scream) every time I go by the stupid bank parking lot where it used to be.

  5. Sorry I'm not keeping up on replies, but I'm reading all the comments as I post them.

    (Katrina, good job exercising restraint on the exclamation marks!)

  6. Just had to come back to bookmark this – such a beautiful salad made with all my favorites! (see, just one exclamation mark)

  7. This looked so good that I had to Twitter it. Great for summer!! Thanks, Kalyn!

  8. Hi Kalyn…that looks so refreshing and good! Thanks BTW for the link…

    😉

    best, Stephen

  9. I would still prefer olives with pits (more flavour in them) but that's just me. The whole salad embraces summer.

  10. Now that looks very inviting! Can't wait to try it. Especially with finally growing my own herb garden this year. Have not tried fresh mozzarella yet, but have heard its great. Thanks for sharing.

  11. This looks like the perfect summer dish! If my Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter ever starts producing, I will have to whip this up!!!

  12. Few things beat the combination of fresh mozzarella and juicy tomatoes – yum!

  13. Great salad! I like the sound of the basil vinaigrette.

  14. This salad looks so delicious! My basil is growing nicely, if only my grape tomato plant would start following its lead! 🙂

  15. I love those little mozzarella balls from Costco — and I love black olives in salads, too. They are mild and don't overwhelm other ingredients. I have nine basil plants in the garden this summer, so I'm hoping for salads like this in August and September.

  16. I've been gone to a family party all afternoon and evening, but I'm thrilled that so many people want to try this. I promise you, it's easy and delicious!

  17. I got some of those fresh mozarella balls, I plan on dotting them on a pizza.

  18. I absolutely love this combination you have here. There's nothing better than tomatoes, mozzarella and basil — and now I'll throw in some kalamata olives as well. Good idea!

    I grow basil every year as well and dehydrate it for later. It works great. I make up my own little backpacker's pantry of herbs that I grow and dehydrate.