Friday, July 18, 2014

Strawberries And Fresh Mozzarella With Mint Pesto Drizzle


Strawberries and Mozzarella- a delicious combination.  Add to this some mint pesto and balsamic vinegar and you have yourself a delicious light lunch or an appetizer.

I found this recipe years ago in Family Circle magazine.  I clipped in and put it in my "To Make In The Future" file.  Well, today was the day.  I sent Tim out to pick some mint from the garden while I cleaned and sliced some strawberries.  Once the strawberries are sliced, they are sweetened with some sugar.

Now to the Mint pesto.  It is really very easy.  All of the ingredients are swirled together in a food processor.  You'll need some mint leaves, olive oil, almonds, Parmesan cheese and some garlic.  That's it.

You are ready to assemble the dish.  You start by layering some fresh mozzarella that has been sliced on a plate or small platter.  Spoon some strawberries over the cheese.    Next, drizzle some of the mint pesto over the strawberries and cheese followed by some balsamic vinegar.  Oh - I love the flavor of balsamic vinegar and strawberries.  Garnish with some mint leaves and you are ready to serve.

The kids and I had this for lunch and it was delicious.  The strawberries with the cheese were great but the mint pesto and the balsamic vinegar kicked it up to the next level of deliciousness:)     Great recipe - I am glad I finally go around to making it.


Strawberries And Fresh Mozzarella With Mint Pesto Drizzle
From Family Circle Magazine

Ingredients:

1 pound strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup almonds, sliced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic
1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, 1/2-inch slices
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. Combine strawberries and sugar in a large bowl.  Cover and set aside.
2. In a food processor, combine olive oil, mint leaves, almonds, Parmesan and garlic.
3. Layer mozzarella on plate.  Spoon strawberries, mint pesto and balsamic vinegar over top.  Garnish with mint leaves.











3 comments:

  1. What a glorious summer salad! Strawberries and Mozzarella...a fantastic combo, Geraldine.

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  2. I had no idea Strawberries and Mozzarella "married" so well, Geraldine. I must try this! Thank you so much for sharing...

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  3. HI Geraldine, Strawberry and Mozzarella - what a great combo!!! Such beautiful and delicious dish for lunch. Have a nice day and cheers :)

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