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Fast & Easy Dinner: Arugula and Fried Mozzarella Salad

Fast & Easy Dinner: Arugula and Fried Mozzarella Salad

If fried mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce is one of your favorite bar foods, you're going to love this recipe! Smoked mozzarella is breaded and pan-fried in a shallow pool of oil.

A fresh tomato-basil mixture replaces the marinara sauce. Served atop a bed of arugula, this salad is a healthier version of the guilty pleasure classic.

To enjoy it this evening, get the recipe and


Arugula and Fried Mozzarella Salad

Arugula and Fried Mozzarella Salad

Arugula and Fried Mozzarella Salad


  1. 1 large (about 7 ounces) smoked mozzarella
  2. 1 large egg
  3. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  4. 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  5. 1 1/2 cups medium diced fresh tomatoes
  6. 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  7. 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  8. 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  10. 5 ounces baby arugula, washed and dried


  1. Slice the mozzarella into eight slices, then again in half crosswise, so you have 16 pieces of cheese.
  2. Whisk the egg in a medium bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Put the breadcrumbs in another medium bowl.
  3. Working with a few pieces at a time, dip the cheese in the egg, turning to coat all sides of the cheese. Dredge the cheese in the breadcrumbs, pressing to help the crumbs adhere and cover the cheese as much as possible. Transfer the breaded cheese slices to a plate and refrigerate until ready to cook. You can prepare the cheese up to 1 hour ahead. Discard any leftover egg and crumbs.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, and garlic and season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of pepper. Let this sit for 5 minutes, then add 1/4 cup of the oil and the vinegar.
  5. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Put half the cheese in the pan and cook until the breadcrumbs turn golden, 30 to 60 seconds. Use two forks to turn the cheese and cook until the second side is golden, another 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer to a plate. Using the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, repeat with the second batch of cheese.
  6. Put the arugula in a large bowl. Stir the tomato mixture and toss it with the arugula. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  7. Portion the salad among four plates. Arrange four pieces of cheese on top of each salad and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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Angela123 Angela123 8 years
yum yum yummyyy will be making this fosho.
Just-Oh Just-Oh 8 years
what is this, soup plantation meets Dennys?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
OOOOH this is right up my alley. anything that is vegetarian and has mozz is soo my thing - and this is just making my mouth water thinking about it!
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
sounds great, but seems like a bit to much work for a salad :S
jessie jessie 8 years
looks good, taste even better if someone else made it..;)
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