Mozzarella Salad With Balsamic Tomatoes

This bruschetta-inspired fresh mozzarella salad with balsamic tomatoes and basil is gorgeous and delicious and can be made as a single-serve meal for lunch or as a large platter for a festive table, BBQ or picnic. Gluten-free, low-carb, and vegetarian.


Mozzarella Salad With Balsamic Tomatoes & Basil

This mozzarella salad is a cross between a tomato basil bruschetta and a classic Italian Caprese salad. Mild, creamy fresh mozzarella is topped with bold and beautiful balsamic tomatoes with basil, finely diced onions and a touch of garlic. 

I sometimes make it as a ‘salad for one’ when I feel like something light but flavoursome for lunch. The recipe below is for two servings and you can simply multiply the ingredients to make a large platter for a dinner party or to serve as a side dish with extra protein or pasta, whatever your heart desires.

 

How To Make Mozzarella Salad With Balsamic Tomatoes

This salad is made with fresh mozzarella (I used buffalo mozzarella that comes in water brine) and I usually get one big ball per person. You can also use smaller mozzarella balls, aka bocconcini, and serve those cut in halves or whole.

A nice way to serve this salad is to have a platter of sliced mozzarella or balls and a bowl with the balsamic tomatoes on the side so that guests can dish them up together on their own plate. 

For balsamic tomatoes, I really like using cherry tomatoes because they are extra sweet but you could also slice larger tomatoes. White or red onions or shallots and a little garlic give this salad a bit of sharpness, which I love. Good balsamic vinegar and olive oil are important in my opinion. Fresh basil brings it all together for that classic Italian combo. 

Mozzarella salad ingredients: tomatoes, onion, balsamic, garlic, basil, fresh mozzarella
 

As you can imagine, this dish is super easy to make. Slice mozzarella cheese or serve as whole bowls. Combine the balsamic tomato salad in a bowl and serve on top or on the side. That’s it! You can make the salad bit ahead of time but I prefer to add the balsamic and olive oil just before serving so the tomatoes aren’t too soggy. 

Balsamic basil tomatoes
Fresh mozzarella salad with tomatoes, basil and balsamic
 

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Fresh mozzarella salad with tomatoes, basil and balsamic

Mozzarella Salad With Balsamic Tomatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Author: Irena Macri
Servings: 2
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
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5 from 4 votes
Calories: 236kcal
Fall in love with this Italian, bruschetta-inspired fresh mozzarella salad with balsamic tomatoes and basil is gorgeous and delicious and can be made as a single-serve meal for lunch or as a large platter for a festive table, BBQ or picnic. Gluten-free, low-carb, and vegetarian.

Ingredients 

  • 2 balls buffalo mozzarella
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 small onion white or red, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic finely diced
  • 10-12 basil leaves chopped
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • If using whole large mozzarella balls, slice into 3-4 pieces. If using balls, you can halve them or leave them whole.
  • In a separate bowl, combine tomatoes with the remaining salad ingredients. Top mozzarella with the tomatoes and the dressing and sprinkle with a few extra basil leaves. Drizzle of olive oil will give it a nice glossy touch.
  • You can make the salad bit ahead of time but I prefer to add the balsamic and olive oil just before serving so the tomatoes aren't too soggy.

Notes

You can use fresh buffalo mozzarella or mozzarella balls/bocconici (sliced or halved or whole depending on size).

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Italian, Bruschetta, Caprese, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Salad, Tomatoes, Mozzarella
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Tomato Mozzarella Salad With Balsamic, Basil, Shallots & Garlic
Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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4 Comments
  1. 5 stars
    My coworkers loved this when I brought it to our lunch meeting! They loved the balsamic dressing with the tomatoes and cheeses.

  2. 5 stars
    Such a wonderful summertime salad! I love all the vibrant colors from the tomatoes and so much flavor too.

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