Thursday, June 28, 2012

Marinated Fresh Mozzarella, Cucumber and Pepper Salad

Over the last few summers, this salad has become our go-to dish for bringing to cookouts and family pool parties.  It is quick and easy to prepare, involves no cooking and is a crowd favorite.  That is a triple bonus in my book.

D came up with the recipe for this salad after one of the "nice sample ladies" at Costso got to him and he came home with a big tub of marinated fresh mozzarella balls.  We had some peppers from the garden and cukes from the farmers market in the fridge.  With that a salad was born!

I think my 2nd favorite thing about this salad is how the balsamic vinegar gives just a hint of bite to the smoothness of the cheese and the sweetness of the peppers.  My 1st favorite thing is how I can make this the day or night before so I am not rushing around trying to get something together 30 minutes before we are to head out. 

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do.

Marinated fresh mozzarella, cucumber and pepper salad
(Source: Depths of D's Brain)

Ingredients
  • 2 red pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 yellow pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 orange pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cucumber, quartered and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 large container of marinated fresh mozzarella balls (we use a 22 oz container of Mozzarella Fresca brand from Costco)
  • 1/4 C olive oil (this amount may increase or decrease depending on how much oil is in your container of mozzarella balls)
  • 1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 T Italian Herb Blend
  • 1 T garlic powder
Directions
  • Place peppers and cucumbers in a large ceramic bowl.
  • Drain oil from marinated mozzarella into the bowl
  • Cut mozzarella balls in half (this gives a better mozz to veggie ratio)
  • Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herbs in a small bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  • Pour over fresh mozzarella, peppers and cucumbers.
  • Stir to coat everything completely
  • For best flavor, place in fridge and allow flavors to meld for an hour or more.
You could add other veggies too, if you like. I think cherry tomatoes would be a great addition. I just don't like them so don't include them.
 
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29 comments:

  1. sounds delish will definitively have to try this thanks for sharing

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    1. You need to let me know if you try this and how everyone likes it.

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  2. This does look like a great party dish! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for hosting a great recipe link up!

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  3. It loos colorful and very inviting, and I just love it
    Great Salad for any party, especially in the summer

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  4. I haven't had lunch yet...do you deliver? :-) This is a keeper for sure! Thanks for sharing at the party this week ♥

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    1. Sorry the delivery truck is broken. :-) Thanks for hosting another great party!!

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  5. This sounds so yummy! I am going to have to try it - plus I love fresh mozzarella!

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  6. this is great. Found you via the live laugh linky. I have linked in a beef dish. Have a super day.

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  7. this is a perfect summertime salad! Please link up to Foodie Friday

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I missed last week's party but have added your button to my list of Places I Party so I won't miss next week's.

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  8. What an awesome summer salad! Thanks for linking up at Mealtime Monday! Can't wait to see what you link up next week!

    Kaylee
    www.couponingncooking.com

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  9. Hello, I spotted your salad over at Make the Scene Monday and had to click on the link. This looks so good and refreshing. I can easily see adding chunks of chicken to this to make a meal. I'm trying to find lighter and quicker meals I can fix ahead of time and this will definitely be added to my recipe list.
    I'm a new follower and look forward to checking out more of your blog. Hope you'll stop by mine for a visit and possibly link to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party. Hope your weekend is going well.
    Barbe

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Adding chicken would be wonderful! I can't believe we didn't think of that. Will be checking out your party on Tuesday!

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  10. Oh yum! That sounds and looks delicious!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  11. Perfect meal to make in all this heat! I'll put this on my to-do list!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Please let me know what you think if you make this.

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  12. That looks SOO good! So many delicious things in it!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! If you make it, I hope you like it.

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  13. SAVING this recipe!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Don't forget to swing by this evening.. I can't wait to see what you link up! :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting another great party! I have linked up a project and another recipe!

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