Mozzarella Salad with Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

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mozzarella salad
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time10 mins
Total Time10 hours
Cost RangeCheap

Mozzarella salad with cherry tomatoes is a delicious and simple side dish that uses classic Italian flavour combinations. We've used a sweet balsamic dressing for a twist on the traditional Tricolore salad. This recipe proves that sometimes all you need is a few good ingredients to make a dish that is packed with fresh flavour.

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.



  • 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


  1. Put the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves in a large bowl and stir well to combine.
  2. 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.
Jane Curran

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