Marinated Mozzarella & Tomato Appetizers Recipe
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Marinated Mozzarella & Tomato Appetizers Recipe

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This party hit was inspired by a dish I ate at a restaurant. It’s best served chilled and should marinate for a few days—the longer the better. My daughter likes to put the mozzarella on her antipasti platters. —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min + marinating Bake: 5 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min + marinating Bake: 5 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 cartons (8 ounces each) miniature fresh mozzarella cheese balls, drained
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 12 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick), cut into quarters
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 119 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Combine salad dressing, basil, chives and pepper. Add cheese and tomatoes; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 3 hours to let flavors blend.
  2. Meanwhile, toss baguette pieces with oil and salt; arrange on a baking sheet. Bake until toasted, 4-5 minutes. Cool completely. Just before serving, add toasted bread to cheese mixture; toss to combine. If desired, thread tomatoes, cheese and bread on skewers for serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Marinated Mozzarella & Tomato Appetizers in Taste of Home June/July 2017

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Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 267506
Reviewed May. 30, 2017

"All star Winner ! This recipe couldn't be any easier. And what a Great presentation. I served this as a salad. I cut the tomatoes in 1/2 and marinated them ( without the cheese) for most of the day counter top covered. Then added the cheese later in the day again left it counter top. Shortly before serving I added the bread croutons. This salad is very refreshing and non filling. Reasonably priced to make. The make ahead step makes this one a great choice .

Happy to be the first one to Review this nice clean, tasting recipe.
Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor"

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