Mozzarella just might be the season’s quintessential cheese. Prized for its creamy texture and mild flavor, it’s a neutral canvas for spring produce, complementing light and bright flavors without adding making things too heavy.
1. Caprese di Farro (pictured above)
Farro — the oldest cultivated grain — is a great base for sides. Dress it up for a spring gathering by tossing the hearty grain with sweet cherry tomatoes, briny Kalamata olives and chunks of mozzarella for a Mediterranean-style salad with enough heft to be a vegetarian main dish.
2. Baked Caprese Salad
Giada offers an easier way to serve caprese: by turning it into bruschetta, topping toasted baguettes with Roma tomato and mozzarella. Assemble the stacks ahead of time, then pop them in the oven right before serving to maximize the molten bubbling effect.
3. Fennel Caprese Salad with Tomato Jam Toasts
Hunks of soft mozzarella cheese add contrast to the crunchy combination of fennel and watercress in this abundant spring salad. Dress the greens with balsamic vinegar and homemade tomato jam, using what’s leftover to spread on toasted baguette slices.
4. Strawberry and Mozzarella Salad
If you’ve already played out mozzarella’s savory side, try pairing the soft cheese with fresh, juicy strawberries.
5. Roasted Red Pepper and Mozzarella Skewers
This recipe calls for ciliegine mozzarella — plump, cherry-sized mozzarella balls that are perfect for wrapping in hearty peppers and skewering. Give the it a festive look by mixing red, orange and yellow peppers.
More Cheesy Ideas from Family and Friends:
Weelicious: Mexican Rice Balls
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Cheesy Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes
Feed Me Phoebe: Sausage, Pepper and Onion Frittata
Cooking With Elise: Parmesan Noodle Bake
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Grilled Cheese with Spicy Pickles, Pepper Jack and Garlic Aioli
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cheese and Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas
Red or Green: Cheddar Cheese and Red Chile Potato Soup
Virtually Homemade: Grilled Asparagus with Tomato Salad and Goat Cheese
Domesticate Me: Parmesan Quinoa Risotto with Roasted Asparagus and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
The Sensitive Epicure: Easy Cheesy Puffs (Gluten-Free)
Dishin & Dishes: Baked Herbed Ricotta Spread
Taste With The Eyes: Shrimp, Haricots Verts and Garbanzo Beans with Feta
FN Dish: Cheesy Brunch Sides