Strawberries and Mozzarella with Mint Pesto Drizzle

Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Number of Servings: 
Serves 6
Recipe Source: 
The North Carolina Strawberry Project, a partnership of North Carolina State and Johnson & Wales Universities


  • 1 lb strawberries, sliced
  • 1 oz sugar
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 oz mint leaves
  • 14 cup almonds, sliced
  • 14 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 12-inch slices
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, divided
  • Mint leaves for garnish


  1. In a bowl, combine the strawberries and sugar. Cover and set aside.
  2. To create the Mint Pesto Drizzle, combine the olive oil, mint leaves, almonds, Parmesan cheese, and garlic in a food processor. Process until well combined. Set aside.
  3. Divide mozzarella into 6 equal portions. Place 1 portion of mozzarella slices (overlapping) on each of 6 serving plates. Spoon 12 cup of the sugared strawberries on each plate around and over the cheese. Spoon 12 teaspoon of the balsamic vinegar and 1 to 2 tablespoons of the Mint Pesto Drizzle over the cheese and strawberries on each plate.
  4. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve.