Bocconcinis with strawberries salad

March 25, 2011  •  Category:


I have had the most wonderful experience recently: I reconnected (after decades!) with my former schoolmates from high school on Facebook. Most of us scattered and relocated all over the globe when the war in Lebanon was raging in the late seventies.

We all attended a French school in Beirut, Lycée Franco-Libanais., a school established by the Mission Laique Française in 1909, which my mother attended and my kids attended in Dallas, Texas! (This outfit is created by the education arm of the French government to promote French culture and education throughout the world).

Simone is one of them and has kindly sent me a very special cookbook from Quèbec, La Cuisine des aliments contre le cancer. This book is written by two medical doctors and explores in depth the benefits of certain foods and spices to help prevent this horrific disease. I have been devouring the book and this is one of the recipes.


  • 1 basket of strawberries (8 ounces)
  • 1 package of bocconcinis in water (8 ounces)
  • Dressing: 1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or honey), 1/2 cup of walnut oil, 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, a few cracks of black pepper.

NOTE: I modified the dressing to suit my taste, by using the juice of half a lemon, 1/4 cup of (light) olive oil and a teaspoon of honey.

The marriage of strawberries and the white mozzarella is a happy one; one can substitute any other white cheese such as halloumi, nabulsi, string cheese, or even feta.



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  1. Eve@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    With all the negative comments facebook gets it can be pretty amazing too sometimes. Happy you got to reconnect and she has sent you a wonderful book. I would not have thought to pair strawberries with mozzarella, and it’s good for you!

  2. Joanne says:

    I might have to throw some arugula or spinach into this and call it a salad. And devour it for lunch. Delicious!

  3. Katie@Cozydelicious says:

    How fun to reconnect with old friendsa – and to share recipes! I’ve often enjoyed strawberries with goat cheese, but never little bits of mozzarella. This looks like a lovely salad!

  4. Devaki says:

    This has got to be one of my favorite salads in the summer – I always load up with this and a balsamic dressing..yumm…I LOVE your version with the honey so I filing this away for next time.

    I can’t believe it is salad time already!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  5. anncoo says:

    WOW! This is a beautiful healthy salad! I love strawberry 🙂

  6. Foodycat says:

    I think this looks really wonderful! What a great salad.

  7. Kitchen Butterfly says:

    I like it – the combo of creamy cheese and sweet strawberries – reeks of Italy! I also like the pairing suggestion of salty feta. Perhaps one could make a caprese using strawberries instead of the tomatoes!

  8. domi says:

    Bonsoir Joumana, une préparation gourmande et toute en couleur très appétissante, bisous et passe une bonne soirée

  9. Ivy says:

    I wish I could find my school mates through facebook but I think most of them don’t even know how to use a computer 🙂 However, I did reconnect with two of my friends through their daughters, one through facebook and one who discovered my blog.
    I like the pairing of strawberries with cheese and have used this combination in salads but must try it only with cheese.

  10. Barbara says:

    Colorful and tasty salad, Joumana. Love your vinaigrette. Balsamic is such a delight with strawberries!

  11. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    This would be interesting with halloumi. I have no access to boccoccini. Your life is so ineresting.

  12. Caffettiera says:

    I can’t wait for local strawberries to be available, I could not resist and bought some from Spain: utterly tasteless…

  13. Alfonso says:

    I wonder how this would be with some of the fresh mozzarella that Paula Lambert makes. I’ll have to try it


  14. Simone says:

    Chère Joumana,

    Contente de voir cette belle recette t’inspirer et inspirer tes blogueurs. Il aurait été bon d’ajouter à cela l’importance du choix de ce fruit pour ses vertus anti-cancéreuses (acide ellagique ). J’aime beaucoup la présentation du contexte de tes recettes et voilà que cette fois-ci j’en fais partie et nous rendons certains jaloux de nos retrouvailles!!!!!
    Bonne continuation

  15. FOODESSA says:

    As much as I have serious reservations of joining certain social networks…what a pleasure it was to read of your re-connect after all these years. It certainly does the heart good.

    This book is very familiar to me…especially since Mom and I spent so much time at the hospital during her treatments…all the while discussing better ways to eat.

    Interesting pairing…almost like vanilla ice cream and strawberries ;o)


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