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Crunchy Cucumber and Mozzarella Salad With Walnuts

This Crunchy Cucumber Salad With Mozzarella and Walnuts is super refreshing. It makes for a perfect light lunch, healthy snack, or dinner side!
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Killing Thyme

Ingredients

Salad

  • 12 oz (approx. 2 large) cucumber, thinly sliced and halved I like to peel stripes into my cucumbers prior to slicing, because it looks pretty! But that's optional.
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella balls (Bocconcini) If you purchase the pearl-sized balls, no need to halve them. If you buy the larger ones, you can halve them.
  • 4 oz grape tomatoes halved
  • 4 oz jumbo pitted black olives, halved
  • 4 oz roasted red peppers (from jar), thinly sliced and cut into bit-sized chunks
  • 1/4 cup red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Cracked black pepper,
  • Freshly chopped parsley

Sweet and Tangy Balsamic Dressing

  • 1.5 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • .5 tsp pure honey
  • Pinch of salt, to taste

Instructions

Toasting the walnuts

  • Heat a small pan over medium-low heat. Add the roughly chopped walnuts to the pan, and toast until fragrant/lightly golden. Keep a close eye on them and occasionally toss them around with a spoon. This should take between 5-7 minutes and may seem slow at first, but once they start to toast, they toast quickly. So it's important to watch them so they don't burn. Once nicely toasted, remove from heat and set aside.

Preparing the dressing

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Give it a taste and adjust to your preference.

Preparing the salad

  • Prepare/cut all the veggies and mozzarella, and place them into a serving bowl. Set aside.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Hit the salad with some cracked black pepper, add the walnuts, and give the salad another quick toss.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, or if you'd prefer, some ribboned basil.