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Marinated Mozzarella Balls with Tomato and Avocado

Delicious Marinated Mozzarella Balls are the heart of this delicious recipe, which makes a terrific salad or appetizer. It’s quick, easy, fresh, and beautiful!


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs such as basil, thyme, or oregano, chopped, see note
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 ounces small mozzarella balls such as ciliegine, drained
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 avocado sliced or chopped
  • balsamic glaze
  • extra fresh herbs optional garnish


  • First, marinate the mozzarella. Stir together the olive oil, garlic, herbs, red pepper, and salt. Add mozzarella and stir well.
  • Allow to marinate for one hour or more, stirring occasionally. If marinating for longer than 2-3 hours, transfer to the refrigerator, but still stir from time to time.
  • To serve, place tomatoes in a large bowl. Spoon mozzarella on top along with as much of the olive oil mixture as you desire, and stir gently to combine.
  • Top with avocado and additional herbs, if using, and drizzle with balsamic glaze. (I like to reserve a little bit of the olive oil to spoon over everything immediately before serving.) Enjoy!


  • Herbs: You can use a mix of fresh and dried herbs, or even all dried herbs in a pinch. Generally speaking, you’ll want to use about 1/3 as much of a dried herb as you would fresh, because the flavor is more concentrated.
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