Posted by Calin Denny On June 30, 2021
This fresh tomato, olive, and mozzarella salad uses my favorite basil dressing, and this low-carb treat has all the flavors of summer! And you can make this delicious salad with shredded mozzarella if you can’t find mozzarella pearls!
Fresh tomato, olive and mozzarella salad It’s the perfect salad to make when it’s fresh tomato season and your garden is filled with fresh tomatoes and basil. However, it can also have mood-enhancing properties if the first week of summer is too rainy where you live, even if you have to buy a Costco tomato, and it takes every basil leaf you can cut from your young plants to make basil. perforated; (And in Utah, we were so thankful for a little rain that we actually didn’t mind a bit!)
It was the wonderful mozzarella pearls that I made Bel Guizio cheese I found at Costco what first inspired this salad. The “pearls” are small ball-sized pieces, and they were delicious with fresh tomatoes and basil. But if you can’t find mozzarella pearls in your store, just make this delicious salad with shredded pieces of mozzarella, don’t worry!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- large black olives jar
- cherry tomatoes
- Fresh mozzarella pearls (or use regular fresh mozzarella, cut into pieces)
- vinaigrette (see notes below)
- chopped fresh basil leaves أوراق
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
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 simply by mixing chopped fresh basil with a purchased vinaigrette as you did in this recipe. Or check out my post about Basil dressing sauce to drizzle over tomatoes, vegetables, chicken or fish For an intense flavor version and ideas for its use.
More on fresh basil:
basil It is considered by many to be the best herb ever. I’ve been growing it in my garden for 30 years, always starting with a purchased seedling or seedling, then planting basil seeds for a cheap patch of basil. every year Freezing fresh basil From my garden, I use it all winter. The flavor of fresh basil is the essence of this salad. Check my post at Cooking with fresh basil If you are also a fan of the fresh basil flavor!
What is fresh mozzarella?
If you are not familiar with Fresh mozzarella cheeseIt’s a very soft cheese that comes packaged in brine. They can be sold in logs (sometimes sliced), in large balls, or in the little mozzarella “pearls” that you used to make in this salad.
Want more summer tomato salads?
paying off Favorite summer tomato salad For more amazing summer tomato salad ideas!
How to make this salad:
(Scroll down for the full recipe with nutritional information.)
- Strain the olives and fresh mozzarella pearls while cutting the cherry tomatoes in half; Put the tomatoes in a bowl.
- Cut the olives and the mozzarella pearls in half and put them in a bowl with the tomatoes.
- Wash and dry the basil in a salad dehydrator or pat dry with paper towels, then chop or shred the basil into small pieces.
- Combine chopped basil with vinaigrette, then gently combine sauce with tomato mixture.
- Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately.
More fresh mozzarella recipes:
Tomato and basil pies
Rocca salad with chicken, mozzarella and tomatoes
Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stax
Fresh mozzarella cheese seasoned with herbs
Asparagus frittata with fresh mozzarella cheese
Green Goddess Stacked Tomato Mozzarella
- One 6 oz. tin large black olives, drained and cut in half
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 cup fresh pearl mozzarella, halved (or use regular fresh mozzarella, cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup vinegar sauce (see notes)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- I’ve tried the salad a few different ways, but I actually prefer it with simple, old-fashioned black olives out of the can instead of kalamata or Spanish olives.
- I used the mozzarella pearls I found at Costco, but if you can’t find those just cut the fresh mozzarella into cubes.
- If it was a fresh tomato season, I would make this with juicy ripe tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces, but I used Costco grape tomatoes.
- I drained the olives and the mozzarella pearls, then cut the tomatoes, olives, and mozzarella in half to make even-sized pieces.
- Wash fresh basil and chop it. Do this right before you’re ready to mix it into the sauce.
- used My favorite vinaigrette, but if you can’t find it Newman’s olive oil and vinegar (affiliate link) This is a good low-sugar vinaigrette.
- Mix chopped basil with vinaigrette.
- Gently combine the dressing with the tomato pieces, olives, and mozzarella pearls, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- This is best served right away, but I had some that were in the fridge overnight, and although the tomatoes never tasted good after they were refrigerated, they were still surprisingly good.
Amount per service: Calories: 249Total fat: 18 gramsSaturated fat: 8 gramsUnsaturated fats: 0 gramsUnsaturated fats: 9 gramsCholesterol: 41 mgsodium: 772 mgCarbohydrates: 10 gramsthe basic: 2 gramssugar: 7 gramsprotein: 13 grams
Nutrition information is calculated automatically by the Recipe Plug-In I’m using. I am not a dietitian and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, as many variables affect these calculations.
Low Carb Diet Low Glycemic Diet South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This delicious summer treat is a great choice for low carb and keto diets, or for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. The highest carb ingredient here is the tomato, so use more olives, mozzarella, and fewer tomatoes if you want fewer carbs. South Beach prefers low-fat mozzarella and other low-carb diets prefer full-fat mozzarella. Be sure to choose a low-sugar vinaigrette to make your Basil Vinaigrette if you’re making it for South Beach or low-carb diets.
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Historical notes for this recipe:
This recipe was first published in 2009. It has been updated with better pictures and more information in 2021.