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Marinated Mozzarella Balls

Marinated Mozzarella

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45-60 minutes marinating
  • Total Time: 50-65 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Marinate
  • Cuisine: Italian


Soaked in olive oil and a mix of garlic, lemon and herbs, marinated mozzarella balls are a great appetizer served with toasted bread. Or try them on pizzas and in salads or pastas.


  • 8 ounces, fresh mozzarella balls, ciliegine size
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, peel and juice
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 23 tablespoons chopped parsley and basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Drain the mozzarella and pat off the excess moisture with a towel.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil, lemon peel and juice, garlic, parsley, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Add the mozzarella and spoon the marinade over the cheese.
  3. Marinate the mozzarella for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour at room temperature before serving.


For the lemon, use a peeler to slice off the peel. Then cut the lemon in half and squeeze out the juice.

Store covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Serve the mozzarella with toasted bread as an appetizer. You also can use the marinated mozzarella in salads, on pizzas or in pastas.

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