Thursday, June 28, 2012

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella, Cucumber and Pepper Salad

Over the last few summers, this salad has become our go-to dish for bringing to cookouts and family pool parties.  It is quick and easy to prepare, involves no cooking and is a crowd favorite.  That is a triple bonus in my book.

D came up with the recipe for this salad after one of the "nice sample ladies" at Costso got to him and he came home with a big tub of marinated fresh mozzarella balls.  We had some peppers from the garden and cukes from the farmers market in the fridge.  With that a salad was born!

I think my 2nd favorite thing about this salad is how the balsamic vinegar gives just a hint of bite to the smoothness of the cheese and the sweetness of the peppers.  My 1st favorite thing is how I can make this the day or night before so I am not rushing around trying to get something together 30 minutes before we are to head out. 

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do.

Marinated fresh mozzarella, cucumber and pepper salad
(Source: Depths of D's Brain)

  • 2 red pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 yellow pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 orange pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cucumber, quartered and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 large container of marinated fresh mozzarella balls (we use a 22 oz container of Mozzarella Fresca brand from Costco)
  • 1/4 C olive oil (this amount may increase or decrease depending on how much oil is in your container of mozzarella balls)
  • 1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 T Italian Herb Blend
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • Place peppers and cucumbers in a large ceramic bowl.
  • Drain oil from marinated mozzarella into the bowl
  • Cut mozzarella balls in half (this gives a better mozz to veggie ratio)
  • Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herbs in a small bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  • Pour over fresh mozzarella, peppers and cucumbers.
  • Stir to coat everything completely
  • For best flavor, place in fridge and allow flavors to meld for an hour or more.
You could add other veggies too, if you like. I think cherry tomatoes would be a great addition. I just don't like them so don't include them.
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  1. sounds delish will definitively have to try this thanks for sharing

    1. You need to let me know if you try this and how everyone likes it.

  2. This does look like a great party dish! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for hosting a great recipe link up!

  3. It loos colorful and very inviting, and I just love it
    Great Salad for any party, especially in the summer

  4. I haven't had lunch you deliver? :-) This is a keeper for sure! Thanks for sharing at the party this week ♥

    1. Sorry the delivery truck is broken. :-) Thanks for hosting another great party!!

  5. This sounds so yummy! I am going to have to try it - plus I love fresh mozzarella!

  6. this is great. Found you via the live laugh linky. I have linked in a beef dish. Have a super day.

  7. this is a perfect summertime salad! Please link up to Foodie Friday

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I missed last week's party but have added your button to my list of Places I Party so I won't miss next week's.

  8. What an awesome summer salad! Thanks for linking up at Mealtime Monday! Can't wait to see what you link up next week!


  9. Hello, I spotted your salad over at Make the Scene Monday and had to click on the link. This looks so good and refreshing. I can easily see adding chunks of chicken to this to make a meal. I'm trying to find lighter and quicker meals I can fix ahead of time and this will definitely be added to my recipe list.
    I'm a new follower and look forward to checking out more of your blog. Hope you'll stop by mine for a visit and possibly link to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party. Hope your weekend is going well.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Adding chicken would be wonderful! I can't believe we didn't think of that. Will be checking out your party on Tuesday!

  10. Oh yum! That sounds and looks delicious!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  11. Perfect meal to make in all this heat! I'll put this on my to-do list!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Please let me know what you think if you make this.

  12. That looks SOO good! So many delicious things in it!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! If you make it, I hope you like it.

  13. SAVING this recipe!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Don't forget to swing by this evening.. I can't wait to see what you link up! :)

    1. Thanks for hosting another great party! I have linked up a project and another recipe!

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