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Marinated Fig and Mozzarella Salad

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When fresh figs are in stock you need to make this healthy and protein-rich, Marinated Fresh Figs and Mozzarella salad. 

Marinated Fig and Mozzarella Salad served in a blue bowl.

One of my summer favorite salads is when fresh figs are in stock. This Fresh fig and mozzarella salad is incredibly easy to make and is vegetarian and gluten-free. 

It has a perfect balance of flavors. The sweetness from ripe figs and the slight tart or sour taste from vinegar and lemon zest. Mint helps flavor the cheese. All in all a perfect salad or a light meal can be served for lunch or light dinner.

When I first made this recipe I was a bit skeptical. This was a completely new combination for me. Fruit and cheese never tried it. But I loved it and made it a few times already. Yes, the pics are almost 2 years old and I did not post the recipe. But here I am today with the recipe. 

Ingredients and Replacements in Marinated Fig & Mozzarella Salad

Fresh figs – Fresh figs are used in this recipe. It has a slightly sweet taste, is low in calories, and is best for salads or snacks. 

Chopped Figs on a white board.
Chopped Figs

Mozzarella cheese – The creamy mozzarella cheese complements well with fresh sweet figs. If you cannot source mozzarella cheese I would say ricotta cheese or even fresh paneer would work here. But be sure to use some soft type of cheese and not hard.


Balsamic Vinegar, Lemon Zest, lemon juice, and olive oil are used to marinate the figs. Do not skip this step. Marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes. 

Mint leaves, salt, and pepper are used to marinate the mozzarella cheese. 

Rocket Leaves – are used as a salad base. One can replace it with spinach or tender beetroot leaves or any fresh green leaves.

Fresh Rocket Leaves
Fresh Rocket Leaves
Marinated Fig and Mozzarella Salad served in a blue bowl.

Marinated Fig and Mozzarella Salad

A healthy and protein-rich Marinated Fig and Mozzarella salad is the best summer salad, a light meal, or a side to barbecue using fresh figs.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Marination Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre



  • 4 ripe Fresh Figs cut into quarters.
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of ½ lemon More or less as per liking
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh rocket leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • 1 pack – 200 grams – ½ cup – mozzarella cheese More or less as preferred


  • Rinse and pat dry the figs.
  • Cut each into four wedges/quarters.
    Chopped Figs in a bowl.
  • Add Vinegar, oil, grated lemon zest, and lemon juice.
    Marinated Fig with oil, lemon juice and vinegar in a bowl.
  • Marinated Fig with lemon zest in a bowl.
  • Add a bit of salt and fresh ground black pepper powder and mix.
  • Add this marinate to the figs and let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Roughly chop the mint into small pieces.
  • Drain and slice the mozzarella cheese into lengths or as desired.
  • Toss the cheese with the mint leaves, salt, and black pepper powder and leave it until the figs marinate.
    Mozzarella Cheese marinated with mint and black pepper on a white board.

To serve

  • Scatter the rocket leaves in a bowl.
    Fresh Rocket Leaves
  • Arrange the mozzarella cheese slices and figs around.
    Plating Salad in a blue bowl.
  • Drizzle the leftover marinate all over and serve.
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Sneha Datar

Sunday 9th of July 2023

Must try this salad when figs are in season, it so yum!


Wednesday 5th of July 2023

I'm so jealous of your fresh figs! Gorgeous salad with fabulous flavors, Renu!


Wednesday 5th of July 2023

Wow! I am so loving this salad and so are the members of my extended family. I found the fresh figs when I was travelling and made this salad. We loved it to bits got my niece to eat spinach leaves now she loves them. Thanks.

Mayuri Patel

Monday 3rd of July 2023

Love figs. What a lovely salad and full of different flavours. Would love to have this as a light meal option any day.

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Such a fabulous salad for when figs are in season!