Mozzarella, Tomato, and Strawberry Salad

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe is a mozzarella, tomato, and strawberry salad.  Start with sliced strawberries and grape tomatoes.  Toss them lightly with salt, pepper, and a few drops of olive oil.  Serve the strawberries and tomatoes alongside fresh mozzarella di bufala.  Finish with a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and a sprinkling of fresh basil.  The recipe calls for a few crushed pink peppercorns, but I don’t have any and didn’t want to buy them to use just a few.

We had mixed feelings about this recipe.  We liked the flavors well enough.  I especially liked the flavors of the strawberry and mozzarella di bufala together.  But I didn’t really care for the tomatoes with the strawberries.  Both my husband and I prefer a more traditional caprese salad with peak-of-season tomatoes.  I think the main problem we had with this recipe was our expectations.  We expect a salad of this type to be a certain way, and the strawberries threw us for a curve.

While enjoyed eating this salad and I’m glad I made it, I doubt that I will make it again.  I will wait until our garden tomatoes reach their peak and make a caprese salad that meets our expectations.

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6 responses to “Mozzarella, Tomato, and Strawberry Salad

  1. Teresa

    Your salad looks gorgeous.

    I think that variations of a favourite recipe can be hard to accept. I was surprised at how much I liked this, but I’ve never been much of a Caprese salad person.

  2. I am a huge caprese salad fan, I wonder if I would have mixed feelings as well. Hmm, only one way to find out I suppose! ; )

  3. nana

    Tricia and I had a split decision on the recipe. I’m with you on this
    about the strawberries, I’m just not used to having them in this type of
    salad. One thing I do love is the di bufala mozzarella cheese. The
    first time I ever tasted it was in Italy and I loved it. Great picture.

  4. My husband felt the same way. I think he had his mind set on a traditional caprese salad. I loved it and am going to make it tonight again!

  5. I liked it, but just because I wanted to play the contrast between the fruits. I love tomatoes and strawberries with balsamic; maybe that was the clincher.

  6. Hmmm. I like the addition of the strawberries (but because I am not a huge tomato girl). I do wish that both strawberries and tomatoes were in season together – I would like to try this with both at the peak of freshness.

    It is such a pretty salad, no?

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