Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

You didn’t think that I could get through Valentine’s day without, yet again, indulging in my love affair with mozzarella did you? No, no that would not do at all.  When trying to figure a way to sneak it into the meal, I realized that a salad would be the perfect way so today I am sharing this Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette. I love this salad because its quick, its easy and light. But at the same time, the creamy mozzarella, salty prosciutto and tangy tomato vinaigrette make this salad taste like it was made for a special occasion.

I am fortunate enough to find all kinds of fresh mozzarella at my local grocery store.  There are the large mozzarella balls, the smaller bocconcini and the even smaller ciliegine. All are equally good and creamy, but for this recipe I decided to use ciliegine mozzarella. Ciliegine mozzarella is fresh mozzarella that is in the shape of cherry tomatoes. I can usually find them in the deli section. If you are having a hard time finding them substitute a large fresh mozzarella ball cut into bite size pieces.

The Recipe

  • Serves 2
  • Prep time:

Mozzarella and Prosciutto Salad

  • 3 cups spring salad mix
  • 15 ciliegine mozzarella, cut in half
  • 3 slices prosciutto ham torn into pieces
  • Tomato vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • fresh cracked black pepper

Tomato Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup whole cherry tomatoes
  • 1 /4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the tomato vinaigrette. Combine cherry tomatoes, vinegar, garlic and dijon mustard in a food processor. Process until well blended. With food processor on, slowly pour olive oil in in a steady stream until mixture emulsifies. Transfer to a bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine spring salad mix, mozzarella and prosciutto in a salad bowl.
  3. Drizzle tomato vinaigrette over the top. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper. Serve.

Enjoy!

  • http://www.apronadventures.com Lindsay

    Oh, Des this looks delicious! I love salty meat/cheese combos in salad. My two favs both involve bacon- bacon and goat cheese with shallots and spring greens, and also bacon and blue cheese with apples and spring greens. I’ll have to try this and your tomato vinaigrette :)

  • http://myboyfriendcooksforme.blogspot.com my boyfriend cooks for me

    You really can’t go wrong with this flavor combination. I never make my own salad dressings (we’re simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar kind of people), but this vinegrette sounds so easy to make, I might just have to try it!

  • http://myfabulousrecipes.blogspot.com Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes

    Salad is a great way to enjoy Mozzarella cheese. :) I would like to try that vinaigrette! Sounds delicious.

  • Carolyn

    Hi Des,

    I was so excited to try this Vinaigrette recipe out-i had printed this recipe out for a while and finally tried it last night on a steak salad w/ mozzarella and various veggies. It was delicious! I made one addition-dried basil, and it made it a bit sweeter. love, love, love your recipes. I am making the Sweet Thai Chili wings tonight! I can’t wait to leave the office and start them!!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Carolyn

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    You’re welcome Carolyn! I am glad that you liked the dressing so much. I hope you liked the chili wings too :)

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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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