Fresh Mozzarella Marinated in Basil & Lime

Marinated mozzarella, it reminds me of warm summer days and picnics. It can be such a treat. I cannot tell you how many delicatessens have taken my money for this stuff. It’s so damn good but so damn pricy.

Then it occurred to me that I could make my own! Sometimes I am a bit slow. This mozzarella is crisp and savory. Perfect for your next caprese salad. That’s a hint by the way.


  • ½ Pound fresh mozzarella
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ Teaspoon Tarragon, coarsely chopped
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 lime peels
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Peppercorns
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt

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Yield: 1/2 pound of marinated mozzarella

Total Time
6 hours, 10 minutes

Prep time
10 minutes
Inactive time
6 hours

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1. Take the 1/2 pound of fresh mozzarella and cut it into slices. You could also do cubes, circles or unicorns if you wanted. Just depends on what you plan to use it for. I am using this for a caprese salad so I want sheets of mozzarella for it.

Fresh Mozzarella

2. Place the mozzarella in a dish and add the tablespoon of cilantro, tablespoon of basil, 1/4 teaspoon tarragon, 3 limes peels, one clove of garlic, teaspoon peppercorns, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Marinated Mozzarella

Basil Mozzarella

3. Now add the 1/2 cup olive oil. It is really important to use a good olive oil for this because your mozzarella is gonna taste like it after. I used this lovely biodynamic olive oil from AmByth Estate. If you like good wine, I suggest checking them out. More importantly, if you live in California…visit the Paso Robles area and check them out. They are by appointment only but they have a very charming operation.

Fresh Mozzarella with Basil and Lime Main

4. Now that the mozzarella is covered with yummy olive oil, fresh herbs and spices…we are going to let it sit in the fridge for about 6 hours to infuse it with all those flavors. Enjoy!

Fresh Mozzarella with Basil and Lime Full

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