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Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad

‘Forget everything you knew about Caprese salads and prepare yourself for a new twist on the classic. Paired with a Sweet Balsamic Glaze, this Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad is the most delicious starter you’ll ever make!’ – Hungry now?  Jump to Recipe

You know those types of recipes that you just look at and think ‘yeah, it looks pretty. But I bet it doesn’t taste that pretty’.

This is not one of those recipes.

I repeat, this is not just a pretty face.

Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Glaze

A Caprese salad truly is one of my all time favourite combos. Tomato, basil, mozzarella, balsamic. UGH. You can’t beat it.

Lol just kidding you can totally beat it.

Oh hey, stacked tomato and fried mozzarella salad!

Cause really, life is so much better with fried mozzarella. We’ll get to the fried mozzarella part in just a sec, but first let me tell you how easy this salad is to make. Grab yourself some tomatoes and slice into 3. Grab a couple of those fresh mozzarella balls you always see in the supermarket and slice into 4. Have some fresh basil and balsamic glaze on hand and it’s time to fry up some cheese!

Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad Process Shot 1

Tops tips for how to make fried mozzarella

1. Fresh is best – Those large mozzarella balls from the supermarket are perfect for this recipe. If you can find the mozzarella that isn’t preserved in water, perfect. The less moisture the better when frying. However not to worry if you can’t, just pat the slices dry after you’ve sliced!

2. Reducing mess – Set up your stations: one bowl of flour, followed by beaten egg and a splash of milk, ending with the breadcrumbs. The ‘wet hand dry hand’ method is great in this instance. Use your dominant hand and plonk the mozzarella in the flour (dry hand) and drop into the egg. Now coat and take out with the other hand (wet hand), plonk it into the breadcrumbs and finally coat with your dry hand. That’s the theory anyway, much more difficult whilst trying to film and take photos too!

3. Oil – 3 tips regarding oil. Firstly, because of the shape of the mozzarella in this recipe, they don’t need to be deep fried. Shallow frying works just perfectly. Second is the type of oil. You want to use an oil with a high smoking point e.g Canola/Vegetable oil. Olive oil with just burn and smoke out the kitchen. Third tip is to make sure it’s piping hot. Frying the mozzarella over low heat will not only make the breadcrumbs dense and soggy, but it will also melt the centre into mush. A quick flash fry, just a couple of minutes each side will ensure the mozzarella just heats through, leaving the breadcrumbs still light and crispy.

Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad Process Shot 2

And after that it’s just a case of constructing your masterpiece.

Tomato, fried mozzarella, basil, balsamic glaze, repeat. My only recommendation at this point is to act as quick as you can. Firstly so the mozzarella stays nice and gooey, but secondly because the quicker you stack, the sooner you can eat.

If you manage to not eat all the fried mozzarella before it gets to the stacking stage, it should look a little something like this.

Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Glaze dripping down the basil leaf

And there we have it folks! Stacking made easy and salads made funky with this gorgeous tomato and fried mozzarella combo! Perfect as a starter or delicious as a lunch, either way I’m confident you’re gonna LOVE this recipe!

How to make a Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad (full recipe & video)

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Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Glaze dripping down the basil leaf
Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins

'Forget everything you knew about Caprese salads and prepare yourself for a new twist on the classic. Paired with a Sweet Balsamic Glaze, this Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella salad is the most delicious starter you'll ever make!'

Course: Appetizer, Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 stacks
Calories: 261 kcal
Author: Chris
  • 4 Large Tomatoes
  • 8 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 2 (5.3oz/150g) Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • 1 cup (approx 100g) Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • splash of Milk
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Glaze
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Canola/Vegetable Oil for frying
  1. Evenly slice your Tomatoes in to 3 and your Mozzarella balls into 4. Pat down Mozzarella with a paper towel if there is excess moisture.

  2. Set up 3 bowls. First one with your Flour, second your beaten Egg & Milk and thirdly your Breadcrumbs. Dip your Mozzarella rounds into the Flour, next the Egg and then the Breadcrumbs. 

  3. Heat a few glugs of Oil, enough to cover the whole base of your pan and fry each Mozzarella slab on high for around 2 mins on each side, or until the Mozzarella begins to melt with a golden/brown coating. Place on paper towel to dry off excess oil.

  4. Stack by topping Tomato with a pinch of Salt & Pepper, followed by Fried Mozzarella, then a Basil Leaf finished with a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze. Repeat to form your Tomato Stack.

Recipe Notes

a) Homemade Balsamic Glaze - Check out my Homemade Balsamic Glaze instead of getting store bought!

b) Italian Breadcrumbs - If you can't get your hands on any Italian Breadcrumbs then simply mix into 1 cup of regular breadcrumbs the following:
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp oregano
salt & pepper to taste
If you don't have the individual herbs, mix in 1 tbsp of Italian Seasoning instead.

c) Coating - It is important to make sure the entire mozzarella slabs are coated before frying, so make sure you really cram as much breadcrumb on as possible. If there is still white showing, consider dipping back in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs again. 

d) Stacking
- If you're struggling to get your stacks to stand firm, slice a slither of tomato off the bottom layer. Also, for somebody who could eat a tomato like an apple, the chunky centre slice is no bother for me. However, for less of the tomato, simply slice the centre chunk in two.

e) Calories 
- based on 3 tbsp of Olive Oil used for frying.

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Stacked Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Salad


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  • Reply
    May 10, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Boy, would I like to have this on my dinner table tonight!

    • Reply
      May 10, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Haha, delivery negotiable!

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    May 16, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I can’t wait to try this with garden tomatoes this summer!

    • Reply
      May 17, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Save me some!!

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    March 13, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    That is a work of art…and I never say that about savory dishes, but WOW!

    • Reply
      March 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

      That’s so kind of you, Sandi! Thank you so much 🙂

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    Lisa Huff
    March 13, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    OMG that fried mozzarella! I’m drooling…

    • Reply
      March 14, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Isn’t fried mozzarella just the most incredible thing!?

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    March 13, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    I absolutely love Caprese everything. It’s my favorite flavor combination. And as I wanted to write “this is such a great idea to fry mozzarella”, I all of a sudden remembered that I had it once, at a small restaurant in Vienna, Austria, some 20 years ago. Wow, I totally forgot about that! I am definitely going to try this recipe. And that drip of the glaze at the end of the video-perfection!

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      March 14, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Well if eating fried mozzarella in Vienna isn’t the most incredible scenario I’ve ever heard of then I don’t know what is!! Thanks you, Maria 🙂

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    Monica | Nourish & Fete
    March 13, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    This *definitely* does not look like just a pretty face to me- this looks outrageously delicious! I have never actually tried frying mozzarella but these instructions make it seem pretty do-able. My husband will be so excited when I try these for lunch one weekend soon!

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      March 14, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Ooo you’ll have to let me know how you get on and if he loves it!! 🙂

  • Reply
    March 14, 2018 at 4:20 am

    This looks so delicious and really flavourful! Great presentation. That fried mozzarella looks incredible – crispy on the outside and melty on the inside!

    • Reply
      March 14, 2018 at 10:02 am

      Thank you for the kind words, Marie 🙂

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