Marinated Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato, and Basil Salad

A flavorful rendition of a classic (but sometimes bland) dish.


Why This Recipe Works

  • Using golden balsamic vinegar adds the flavor you want without staining the mozzarella balls.

Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil are a classic combination, but sometimes the dish can be very bland. Here, cherry-sized mozzarella balls (ciliegine) are marinated in extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, salt and pepper, and then tossed with sweet cherry tomatoes and golden balsamic vinegar. Nothing bland about that.

Regular balsamic vinegar will work but will darken the milky white color of the mozzarella. Use golden if you can.

August 2012

This recipe's instructions have been slightly modified to aid the marination process.

Recipe Details

Marinated Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato, and Basil Salad

Prep 5 mins
Active 15 mins
Marinating Time 30 mins
Total 35 mins
Serves 4 servings

A flavorful rendition of a classic (but sometimes bland) dish.


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

  • 1 pound ciliegine mozzarella (cherry-size mozzarella balls)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (regular, white, or golden)


  1. Combine oil and basil in a bowl. Add the mozzarella and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and let marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Add tomatoes and vinegar to the mozzarella and toss to combine. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if desired, and serve immediately.


We recommend marinating this salad at room temperature as storing it in the fridge will cause the mozzarella to firm up.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
410 Calories
34g Fat
5g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 410
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 729mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 478mg 37%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 256mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)