Mozzarella Strawberry Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
A chocolate salad dressing? How else would you dress a salad on Valentine's Day? Don't let the unusual name and flavor combination confuse you—the salty prosciutto and mellow mozzarella are beautifully balanced with the sweet-tart chocolate balsamic vinegar dressing. —Jenni Sharp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mozzarella Strawberry Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 thin slices prosciutto or deli ham, chopped
  • 1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
  • 1-1/2 cups watercress
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese pearls
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a small skillet, cook prosciutto over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain and set aside.
  2. Divide salad greens and watercress among six salad plates. Arrange cheese, strawberries and prosciutto over greens.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Whisk in the vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salads.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 301 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 438mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.