Refreshing Mozzarella Salad Recipes for Summer

by Maison Morand

In the summer heat, nothing beats the refreshing taste of a light, flavorful salad. And, of course, no salad is complete without its mandatory flavor of cheese. With their creamy texture and mild flavor, mozzarella serves as a perfect complement to a variety of fresh, light ingredients, making these salads a delightful choice for summer meals. 

In this article, let’s have a look at some exciting mozzarella salad recipes that can grace your table this summer, to beat the heat and be a great bonding experience with your family and friends.

Choosing the Best Mozzarella

Mozzarella comes in various types with unique flavor profiles. Fresh mozzarella, usually sold in brine, has a delicate taste and creamy texture. Bocconcini are smaller, bite-sized mozzarella balls, perfect for salads. Burrata, a rich and creamy variety with a soft interior, adds a luxurious touch to any dish. Smoked mozzarella brings a deeper, more distinct flavor, ideal for adding a sharper taste to your salads.

Here are some tips to finding the ideal mozzarella:

  • Check for milky scent.
  • Texture should be supple and slightly elastic.
  • Sample a small piece to ensure it has a mild, milky flavor without any sour notes.
  • The mozzarella should be packed in brine or water to maintain its freshness and texture.
  • Look for a production or expiration date to ensure you're getting the freshest mozzarella possible.

Once you find the right cheese, it’s time to get started on your salad

Classic Mozzarella Salad Recipes

Let’s look at some everyday mozzarella recipes that would be a great addition to your summer party table:

Caprese Salad

Caprese salad, made by combining fresh mozzarella with ripe tomatoes and basil, is a timeless classic. Begin by slicing the mozzarella and tomatoes and arrange them on a plate, alternating between cheese and tomato slices. Tear basil leaves and scatter them over the top. Drizzle everything with extra virgin olive oil, add a splash of balsamic vinegar, and finish with a sprinkle of sea salt. For an extra touch, grind a bit of black pepper over the salad. This simple yet delicious summer salad is perfect for any occasion.

Mozzarella and Avocado Salad

For a creamy, satisfying salad, start by slicing ripe avocado and mozzarella into thin pieces. Cut cherry tomatoes into halves and thinly slice a red onion. In a large bowl, mix the avocado, mozzarella, tomatoes, and onion with a handful of fresh arugula. For the dressing, whisk together some lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour the light lemon vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently to combine. This refreshing salad is ideal for a light lunch or as a side dish for dinner.

Creative Mozzarella Salad Ideas

Now let’s look at some creative twists to incorporate into your mozzarella salads. The great thing about mozzarella is its versatility, allowing you to experiment with a variety of flavors!

Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad 

Make your summer salads more exciting by mixing juicy watermelon cubes with fresh mozzarella. Begin by cutting the watermelon into bite-sized pieces and slicing the mozzarella. Arrange them artfully on a plate or in a bowl, and sprinkle some fresh mint leaves on top. Drizzle with a bit of balsamic glaze for a delicious sweet and savory twist. It's a refreshing choice for a hot day, bringing together the sweet flavors of watermelon and the milky, floral tones of mozzarella in a simple way.

Peach and Prosciutto Mozzarella Salad 

Here's an easy peach salad that's got everything: sweet, salty, creamy, herby, tangy. In an interesting twist, combine sweet peaches with salty prosciutto and creamy mozzarella. Start by slicing the peaches and mozzarella, then lay them on some arugula. Tear the prosciutto into smaller pieces and scatter it over the top. To finish, mix honey with mustard, olive oil, salt, and pepper for a light dressing. Drizzle it over the salad to add an aesthetic appeal. This dish is perfect for sharing with friends or enjoying a special meal at home.

Using Local Ingredients in Mozzarella Salads

Fortunately, it is extremely easy to find fresh, locally grown produce that pairs beautifully with mozzarella in the UAE, to elevate your summer salads. 

  • Fresh dates: Provide a sweet and chewy contrast to salads.
  • Locally grown tomatoes: Offer juicy bursts of flavor and vibrant color.
  • Aromatic herbs (like mint and basil): Add refreshing and fragrant notes.
  • Citrus fruits (such as oranges or grapefruits): Provide a zesty brightness.
  • Pomegranate seeds: Add tangy bursts of flavor and vibrant color.
  • Cucumbers: Offer crispness and hydration.
  • Radishes: Provide a peppery bite and crisp texture.
  • Arugula: Add a peppery and slightly bitter flavor profile
  • Baby spinach: Provide a tender and mild leafy green base.

These ingredients from the UAE can enhance the flavor, texture, and color notes of your summer salads!

Tips for Serving Mozzarella Salads

Now that we know which ingredients we want in our salads, here are some tips to present them in a way that draws all your guests to the table:

  • Choose a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberries, or oranges to make your salad visually appealing.
  • Use a large, shallow bowl or a wide plate to show off your salad. White or bright-colored dishes can really make the colors of your salad ingredients stand out.
  • Instead of mixing everything together, layer your ingredients thoughtfully. Start with a bed of lettuce at the bottom and then arrange sliced vegetables, fruits, and toppings in separate sections.
  • Sprinkle chopped herbs (like parsley or basil), nuts (such as almonds or pine nuts), or seeds (like sesame or sunflower seeds) on top of the salad for texture and added visual interest.
  • Cut vegetables and fruits into different shapes (slices, cubes, strips) to add variety and make the salad more appealing to the eye.
  • Drizzle the dressing lightly and evenly over the salad just before serving. You can also serve extra dressing on the side in a small pitcher or bowl.
  • Use edible flowers like nasturtiums, pansies, or borage to add a burst of color and if you want to make your salad truly unique
  • Remove any wilted or discolored leaves from lettuce and herbs to keep your salad looking fresh.

Pairing Mozzarella Salads with Other Dishes and Beverages

Mozzarella salads go well with a range of dishes. They include:

  • Grilled shrimp or prawns
  • Caprese sandwiches or wraps
  • Roasted vegetable platters
  • Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

To complete your summer meal, pair mozzarella salads with refreshing beverages, such as:

  • Lemonade or flavored iced teas
  • Iced coffee with a hint of vanilla
  • Fresh fruit smoothies

Your Summer Salad is Ready!

Now that you are familiar with what you need to put on your summer table, let’s get the party started!

When you're planning a get-together, present a variety of salads to please everyone's tastes and dietary needs. Mix things up with leafy greens, pasta salads, and fruity options to give a good range. Make sure your ingredients are fresh and that you've got plenty of colorful toppings on hand. Most importantly, create a warm, inviting atmosphere where everyone can share a delicious meal together!