Mozzarella is a fresh Italian cheese traditionally made from buffalo's milk. It has a firm texture but fresh and creamy flavour that makes it perfect in salads. Mozzarella melts beautifully too, making it a popular choice for pizza and pasta recipes. The combination of mozzarella, tomato and basil is simple but an undeniable favourite. Try this recipe for mozzarella salad with cherry tomatoes for an easy but crowd-pleasing Italian side dish at your next picnic or barbecue. If you have some salad left over, you could always toss it through some cooked pasta to make a lovely packed lunch.
HOW TO MAKE MOZZARELLA SALAD WITH CHERRY TOMATOES
- 500g cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 x 125g packs of buffalo mozzarella, roughly torn
- a handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
- for the dressing
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1tsp caster sugar
- 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Put the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves in a large bowl and stir well to combine.
In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and toss to combine. Serve immediately.