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Strawberry, Mozzarella & Basil


Strawberry, Mozzarella & Basil

I can’t wait for it to be summer again! This wonderful starter is so fresh and delicious and yet so easy to make. Also, even though it’s easy to make and has few ingredients, it really looks festive and like proper gourmet. Tastes like it too! So here’s a beautiful, healthy starter for the sunny days:

Ingredients (for 4):

  • 20 Fresh strawberries (ca. 5 per person)
  • 1 bundle of Fresh basil (let’s say ca. 10 leaves per person.. one bundle will do for 2-4 people)
  • 2 balls of Mozzarella (approximately half a mozzarella ball per person)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Chili


  1. Begin by setting a couple of basil leaves on the plates. Add a slice of mozzarella on top of the leaves – it’s good to use the largest slices at the bottom.Then add a few slices of strawberry on top of the mozzarella slice. Now sprinkle a few drops of extra virgin olive oil or chili oil, grind a little bit of black pepper and a touch of chili powder and salt. You’re done with the first layer.
  2. Now start repeating the layers. Add a few basil leaves, then a mozzarella slice, then a couple of slices of strawberry. Season as on the first layer. Continue adding more layers until you’ve used half a ball of mozzarella for each portion. For the top layer, use strawberries and a couple of pretty basil leaves. You can also garnish the portion with chopped basil leaves and sprinkle them on the sides of the plate.

You can serve this dish with some good quality balsamic vinegar – it goes well with the strawberries and basil and gives a bit of an edge to the taste combo.


Photo © Kalle Laine

  1. February 24, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Hi, Hanna. I imagine it’s more wintry for you in Finland, but I am ready for spring, too. This looks very summery, and I like the idea of using strawberries – rather than the usual tomatoes in this dish.



    • March 15, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      Hi Dan! It’s still quite wintry, you’re right. But we’re having longer days and more sunshine all the time which is wonderful and also gives a better chance of getting nicer looking photos :) Hope you’ll give this one a try when you get the first strawberries!

  2. March 15, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    What a great combination and beautiful presentation. I probably couldn’t resist a drizzle of balsamic on there.

    • March 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM

      Balsamic might work really well with this! Thanks for the tip :)

  3. March 15, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    How have I never heard of this before? I love the usual tomato, mozza and basil combo. But this! This makes so much more sense for early spring when the tomatoes aren’t ready but the strawberries are ripe and the basil is at its sweet softest. We’re having friends for dinner Saturday and now I have to hit the local strawberry patch Saturday morning so I can dazzle them with this! Thank you for sharing.

    • March 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM

      Thank you for the lovely comment! I hope you and your guests will love this :)

  4. March 15, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    This sounds interesting and looks fun as well:) I only had basil and strawberry martini once and it was surprisingly good. I try this when I get the chance!:)

  5. March 17, 2011 at 4:00 AM

    What a beautiful picture! I love the red, white, and green combo. It looks delish!

  6. March 17, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    OH MAN that looks amazing.

  1. March 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM

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