Buffalo Mozzarella Marinated with Tomato and Arugula

  • 25 mins total
  • 10 mins prep
  • 15 mins Resting Time
  • serves 4 people

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Buffalo mozzarella marinated with tomato and arugula. I am very grateful that my herbs garden is still giving me fresh oregano and basil. I love to use fresh herbs with my dishes.  The flavor is more intensified. Tonight’s recipe has a savory spin to our all-time favorite Caprese.

Imagine fresh oregano, basil, lime, and crushed garlic marinating over an open buffalo mozzarella. Therefore, all the natural juices infusing the mozzarella. Sweet, tangy, all intertwine and the end result is this fantastic mozzarella full of flavor.

How to serve it.

Served as an appetizer. Simply marinate the mozzarella and when ready to serve add the sliced or quartered tomatoes Drizzle some of the remaining marinades over the tomatoes to bring in all the flavors.

Or as a light dinner by adding a bed of arugula. I have a special love for arugula, but you can use radicchio, cresson, or butter lettuce. However, let marinate the buffalo mozzarella alone and at the time of dinner transfer it over the salad bed. The acidity of the lemon will wilt the salad if the two are prepared at the same time. And the marinade is what gives this dish such a fantastic flavor.

Stores well

Yes, it does. Only the mozzarella part of course. Store it in a sealed container. If you decide to have it for lunch, keep the salad of your choice in a separate container and add everything together at the last minute.

What is buffalo mozzarella?

Buffalo mozzarella is a mozzarella made from milk of water buffalo. Traditionally manufactured in the southern part of Italy, Campania.  Creamier and softer than cow-milk.

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Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Mozzarella Marinated with Tomatoes & Arugula
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 236mg10%
Potassium 209mg6%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 2308IU46%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 1295mg130%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Buffalo Mozzarella Marinated with Tomatoes & Arugula

  • 25 mins total
  • 10 mins prep
  • 15 mins Resting Time
  • serves 4 people


Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • grated zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 20 basil leaves, julienned
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove crushed and slightly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fleur de sel
  • black pepper
  • 8 ounces buffalo mozzarella
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • arugula salad


  1. Scatter the fennel seeds in a small frying pan over medium-high heat and dry-roast until they start to pop. Transfer to a mortar and crush. Place the crushed seeds in a small bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

  2. On a plate break the mozzarella roughly and smear with the marinade and set aside for 15 to 30 minutes.

  3. To serve; Spread the arugula salad on a serving dish. Place the mozzarella over it and cut the tomatoes and place them alongside the dish. Drizzle with some extra olive oil and serve


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Comments (17) Post a Reply

  1. Jeannie says:

    such a yummy appetizer, my next goal is to grow my own herbs too 🙂

  2. Gregory Halpen says:

    I’ve not heard of Buffalo cheese. A new thing I get to try! This looks delicious!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Buffalo mozzarella is originating from the Campania region of Italy, south of Naples. Softer inside and hard outer shell. Quite savory and easy to work with.

  3. Cindy Mom, the Lunch Lady says:

    What a light and healthy appetizer! Marinated mozzarella is always a hit in our household 🙂

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      My family loves it and regular mozzarella has taken a huge step to the back burner :).
      Enjoy and thank you for stopping by Giangi’s Kitchen.

  4. Colette says:

    This looks so delicious! Where can I buy buffalo mozzarella?

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Hi Colette!
      Most grocery stores and gourmet specialty stores will carry. Whole Foods, Trader’s Joe may too. Murray’s is a great company that is everywhere in the US. Galbani is my most favorite brand.
      I am sure any of your area stores will order it for you.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE arugula salad, anytime I see it on the menu I always order it, so I’m adding this to my lunch menu this week, thank you! Also, thank you for introducing me to Buffalo mozzarella, I need to try it ASAP.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      That is wonderful! You are most welcome.n I am the same and always order it. You will enjoy this salad, easy to prepare and with so much flavor.
      Bon Appetit!

  6. Fabiana says:

    Being Italian, I deeply love this recipe. :)) It is one of my favorites! I love your idea of the marinade, I will definitely try it soon!!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Fabiana. Easy and super savory.

  7. Jessica says:

    I have been looking for a recipe like this! We had something similar once and I was in love. I can’t wait to give this a try.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Jessica, you will enjoy it.
      Bon Appetit!

  8. Ana says:

    This looks amazing! I’m going to get all the ingredients to make it.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will love it Ana. Easy to make and so delicious.

  9. Kalin says:

    What a great salad! We had an arugula salad with mozzarella from a restaurant that fell flat, but this sounds wayyy better. Can’t wait to make this!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      You will love this salad then. Full of flavor and so easy to make.
      Bon Appetit!

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