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Marinated Mozzarella & Tomato Appetizers

Inspired by a dish I had at a restaurant, this simply sensational combination should marinate for at least three hours—the longer the better. —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 119 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.
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  • Susan
    Jul 18, 2020

    Simple, easy, delicious! Couldn't ask for more! A keeper!

  • Peapod0114
    Jun 13, 2020

    This was incredibly easy and full of flavor! I grilled my baguette because I didn’t want to heat up the house and I feel like it added to the dish! I skewered some and left the others in the bowl it was a beautiful spread.

  • dig1
    Aug 31, 2017

    good one killer recipe

  • JMartinelli13
    Aug 6, 2017

    Great for apps, lunch, midnight snack! If I don't want to heat the house up, I use store bought "texas toast" croutons.

  • Appy_Girl
    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.JanieTaste of Home Volunteer Field Editor