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Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

A splash of lemon and hint of refreshing mint brighten up the medley of red tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and ripe avocados in this colorful, sensational salad. —Lynn Scully, Rancho Santa Fe, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cartons (8 ounces each) fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, drained
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and chopped


  • In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cheese, basil, parsley and mint; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Pour over tomato mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Just before serving, stir in avocados. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 305 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 309mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Ceege
    Aug 22, 2016

    I would like to take this salad to a family labor day picnic. I have close to two hours to travel. Will the avocado's hold up (without turning color) for this amount of time or should I hold it out and add it right before serving?

  • rbyb
    Jul 23, 2016

    One reviewer noted the expense of the cheese. It would be easy to use the large ball of mozzarella and just cut into cubes. That might lower the cost for you and retain the pretty look of the salad.

  • teri396
    Sep 20, 2015

    great flavor! I had shredded cheese. would not recommend. Robbed this dish of eye appeal and gave it a grainy texture.

  • ksandjs1
    Jul 23, 2015


  • maya88
    Jul 15, 2015

    Great slad

  • tmtg
    Sep 24, 2012

    This is a delicious salad and I loved it. My kids were home this weekend and they loved the added avocado!

  • Blanning
    Aug 26, 2012

    Very refreshing! I used cherry tomatoes instead of plum and right before I served it I sprinkled pine nuts on top....

  • Ab0628
    Aug 26, 2012

    I did not use the fresh mozzarella cheese pearls; I used 8 ounces of block cheese. I added more tomatoes and used one avocado; no mint. I liked it. My family wasn't crazy about this, but I sort of expected that...not really their style. However, I liked it and am looking forward to taking it to lunch tomorrow.

  • califdreamin
    Aug 26, 2012

    I haven't tried this, but it sounds very good so gave it good ratings. I wanted to chip in my 2cents here and add that I make something very similar, but instead of making my own marinade, I cheat and use Kraft Italian Pesto dressing & marinade and we love it! There may be other Italian Pesto dressings out there, but this is the one I like and I can find it here and there. I've had to search at times, but it's worth it. I've also just used the Italian Vinegarette and it's also very good. It was mentioned that the dressing is a little bland, but I don't think you'll find it so with either of these pre-mades. It's also much faster!

  • dmcdade
    Aug 25, 2012

    OMW!!!!!! What a great salad.