Mozzarella, Tomato and Strawberry Salad
PUBLISHED ON: 03.19.2022
You may not know this but strawberries and tomatoes are a delicious natural pairing. The sweetness and the acidity of ripe strawberries and tomatoes complement each other, and together are irresistible.
This beautiful summer salad is easy to prepare, and serve up for family or guests at your next gathering. You may think it’s a complicated salad. Think again. This swoon worthy salad is proof when you use quality in-season ingredients, simple steals the show.
Mozzarella, Tomato, and Strawberry Salad
Makes 4 Servings
Recipe from Dorie Greenspan
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella (burrata would be delicious)
16 small sweet strawberries, hulled
16 grape or cherry tomatoes or 2 regular tomatoes
Salt, preferably flour de sel, and freshly ground pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
A few pink peppercorns
4 fresh basil leaves, halved lengthwise and shredded
Raspberry or balsamic vinegar (optional)
For the best flavor and texture, assemble this salad as close to serving time as possible.
Drain the mozzarella, if it’s in water, and lightly pat it dry. Cut into 8 slices. If you’re serving the salad family style, put the slices on a platter; if you’re arranging individual salads, put 2 slices on each plate.
Cut the strawberries in half the long way-if your strawberries are large, you might want to slice them into thirds- and put them in a bowl. Cut the grape or cherry tomatoes into thirds or, if you’ve got larger tomatoes, cut them into cubes about the size of the sliced berries, and put them in the bowl. Season lightly with salt and pepper and moisten-just moisten- with a few drops of olive oil. Turn the fruit around gently in the bowl and taste it for seasoning to decide whether or not you’re going to want to add a dash of vinegar (but don’t add it yet). Arrange the berries and tomatoes alongside the mozzarella on the platter or salad plates.
Finish the salad by pouring a little olive oil over the mozzarella, then crushing the pink peppercorns between your fingertips and sprinkling the pieces over both the fruit and the cheese; scatter the shredded basil leaves over them. If you decided on the vinegar, drizzle it over the salad. Serve immediately.
Wine pairing idea: Keep a sparkling rosé in mind with this chilled salad. A perfect match.
Excellent recipes and I LOVE the playlist option! First class site – hooray for you! xoxox Judy
I love this salad. Haven’t had it in a very long time. Thanks for the reminder.
Where do I find the playlist? 🎶 TIA.
Hi, you should be able to see it in the right sidebar.
Never thought of this combination, but being in the south it seems like a natural
John / Kitchen Riffs
This is a wonderful looking dish! Such a terrific combo of flavors. Thanks!
Fabulous combination of textures and flavours against the creamy fresh mozzarella (burrata would take it over the top). So pretty too.
These are two of my favorite fruits! Until now, I never thought about pairing them. A must try on tonight. Yummo!
Karen (Back Road Journal)
I didn’t know that you had started blogging again Velva, how nice. I can’t wait to try this combination of flavors.
A simple salad with the best freshest ingredients tastes just amazing! Would love to try this with burrata!
I totally agree with Angie.
Beautifully presented 🍓🍓
i am not a huge tomato fan unless they are very firm but this does look beautiful and delicious. the colours are fabulous together!
Frank | Memorie di Angelina
I would never have thought to pair strawberries and tomatoes. But you have me intrigued… I’m going to give it a go,
David @ Spiced
You know, I wouldn’t have thought about the combination of strawberries + tomatoes, but once you pointed it out, it makes perfect sense! And the mozzarella would add a delicious creaminess to this salad. Great spring lunch right here!!
I made a traditional Caprese Salad last night and gave it a drizzle of a lemon infused olive oil that I found in Thomasville the other day, amazingly delicious. I used some heirloom tomatoes, and I did buy some baby heirloom tomatoes too. I will try this twist on a Caprese Salad soon, have never thought to use strawberries and we are getting wonderful ones from S FL right now. One of the best ones I have ever had didn’t have any tomatoes in it but used fresh peaches. I cannot remember what kind of olive oil was used but it had fresh mozzarella and basil. It was outstanding and I will make it again as soon as we get fresh peaches in. In the meantime, I’m going to give your recipe a whirl. Loving the new blog. (((HUGS)))
Lovely salad beautifully presented. Fantastic for my breakfast. Thanks for sharing.
Yes! Absolutely one of our favourites! Thank you so much!
This recipe is so simple but so nice to serve on summer or spring day. This would be great when I have guest over, totally bookmarking it for the future!
Happy I saw this today. This is a great combination and beautiful on the plate. And now, at this time of year, everything is so fresh!