How To Make Herb Marinated Mozzarella

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Here’s a fantastic recipe for how to make herb marinated mozzarella by Italian Chef Chicca Maione. She can even teach you the art of making this amazing starter in person through her cooking classes (If you are looking for a great vacation).

This appetizer is always a big hit with guests and it’s a nice twist on standard mozzarella and tomato. Chicca likes to use different types of mozzarella (buffalo and cow) and herbs, a good splash of balsamic, and a generous dash of fresh lemon zest. Herb marinated mozzarella is colorful, full of taste, and served with a good slice of toasted bread. It’s just an Italian dream!

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Let’s Make Herb Marinated Mozzarella!

Diet Considerations

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-Free

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 250 gr / 1/2 lb buffalo mozzarella, shred in pieces
  • 250 gr / 1/2 lb bocconcini (tiny balls of fresh mozzarella, cow or buffalo)
  • 250 gr / 1/2 lb cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 120 ml / 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh marjoram, finely chopped
  • 5-6 sprigs of fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • one handful of basil, finely chopped
  • any fresh and wild herbs from the garden (like wild fennel sprouts!)
  • a splash of balsamic vinegar
  • the zest of one lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste


Prep Time: 10 minutes.

Cook Time: 20 minutes.

  1. Assemble

    On a serving plate, place the shredded mozzarella and the bocconcini. On top of it, place the tomatoes and the herbs. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil and balsamic, grate the lemon zest. 

  2. Let stand

    Let stand for 20 minutes. Before serving, add salt and pepper.

    Notes from Chicca:
    – Adding salt at the end prevents the tomatoes and the mozzarella from releasing all their liquid. 
    – If you have green tomatoes, mix them with ripe tomatoes. They will add some acidity to your plate!

  3. Serve!

    Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Need Help?


Plan it into your week

The best way to remember to make it is to plan for it. Learn about meal prep through our article Meal Prep 101, by dietician Shannon Costello.


Print out the ingredient list

Need the ingredients list on hand? Simply pull up the article on your phone (it’s mobile compatible) or click here to print it out.


Email Chicca for help

Chicca’s here to help. If you need assistance with the recipe, email her at


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About the Author

Chicca Maione

Chicca Maione

Italian Chef

Chicca is a Tuscan-based architect and passionate chef of home-cooked food. After many years of cooking for family and friends, she found her calling: teaching people how to cook authentic homemade food while sharing recipes and stories about her incredible culture. She has spread the traditional-Italian and typical-Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad for the past 19 years.
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* Recipe posted with permission from the author, Chicca Maione, at Cooking in Tuscany.

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