Mozzarella Pearl, Tomato and Fennel Pasta Salad

Mozzarella Pearl, Tomato and Fennel Pasta Salad

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Total: 22 min
  • Serving: 2 Servings

Mozzarella pearls are small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese. Enjoy them tossed with pasta, cherry tomatoes, fennel and onion in this delicious vegetarian salad.


  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounces pearl mozzarella, drained
  • 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups dried fusilli pasta
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • Sea salt and freshly grated pepper


  1. Cook the pasta ‘al dente’ according to package directions, drain and then drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss to coat and then set aside to cool.
  2. In the meantime, place the vinegar, remaining olive oil, basil, mustard, garlic and a few pinches of salt and pepper into a jar. Tightly cap the jar and shake vigorously until the dressing is blended.
  3. Put the cooled pasta, tomatoes, fennel mozzarella and onion into a salad bowl and then add the dressing. Toss well to coat and then serve.


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