There is something inherently comforting about mozzarella cheese. Its relatively mild flavor makes it perfect for salads while its soft cheesiness is just asking to be toasted and melted. So let’s look at some beautiful ways to enjoy mozzarella, both as a side dish and as the main star. Whether you want a healthy salad or some comfort food like grilled cheese and pizza, mozzarella is the cheese to turn to!

1. Cheesy Pizza Pull-Apart Bread: Four ingredients and 20 minutes later, and… “OMG. SO GOOD.” (via Brit + Co)

2. Green Goddess Sandwich: If you’re looking for some sandwiches to amp up lunch time, this one starts with a hearty dressing slathered on bread, which is topped with cucumber, green zebra tomatoes, avocado, sprouts and lettuce with fresh mozzarella in there for extra protein. (via The Bojon Gourmet)

3. Summer Ratatouille Tartines: Ratatouille can be made with any variety of vegetables, but this one has lots of juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and heavenly piles of creamy mozzarella. (via Domesticate Me)

4. Caprese Corn Muffin Sandwiches: The classic mozzarella dish goes a little wild by embedding itself into a delicious home, known as the corn muffin. (via Brit + Co)

5. Turkey Mozzarella Sliders: How cute are these tiny burgers? Even though they’re small, they pack a punch in the flavor department, thanks to well-seasoned turkey patties and little rounds of fresh mozzarella for extra gooeyness. (via Simple Sated)

6. Tomato and Peach Salad with Mozzarella: The sweetness of peaches perfectly pairs with the acidity of tomatoes while the creamy mozzarella pulls everything together. This salad is hearty enough to enjoy on its own. Or partner it with pizza or pasta for an Italian feast. (via Living Tastefully)

7. Skillet Pizza: Speaking of pizza, here’s a recipe that lets you make four different variations in less than 15 minutes, meaning the melty mozzarella goodness can hit your mouth in less time than it takes to say mmm, mmm, mmmozzarella! (via Brit + Co)

8. White Bean Salad With Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella: This black and white bean salad is tossed with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella for a dense and flavorful salad. The longer it sits, the more the ingredients soak up the dressing and the tastier the salad gets. (via Things I Made Today)

9. Watermelon Ceviche: Sweet and salty is one of those combos we just can’t get enough of, and this watermelon mozzarella salad checks all those flavor boxes. Tossed with mint and balsamic vinegar, this will be a salad you come back to long after summer is gone. (via Brit + Co)

10. Three Cheese Bread Soup: If you like really thick, cheesy soup then you’ll love this dish. Full of rustic bread and three different cheeses, this soup will keep you warm when the nights get cooler. (via All That’s Delicious)

11. Prosciutto and Basil Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks: These are fancy enough to serve at your next dinner party but simple enough to make for yourself. They make a great 100 calorie snack and would also be a great addition to an antipasto platter. (via Queen of My Kitchen)

12. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas: Here’s another one to keep on hand for your next shindig. Thanks to the help of a muffin pan, you get one perfectly bite-sized little mozzarella morsel. (via Brit + Co)

13. Sweet Corn Caprese Salad: Baked on a homemade crust, this pizza is loaded with tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and grilled sweet corn, all topped off with a sweet balsamic reduction. (via Krafted Koch)

14. Breakfast Egg Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: These may look like an indulgence, but they are actually really good for you! The sweet potato is much more nutritious than a normal potato and the egg, mozzarella and bacon make for a flavorful, protein-rich breakfast that’s easy enough to make every day. (via Roxy’s Kitchen)

15. Grilled Caprese: Mozzarella does not need carbs and starches to survive. Flip your typical grilled cheese on its head by serving the innards sans bread. The results are some surprising impressive presentation. (via Brit + Co)

16. Meatloaf Sandwich With Melted Mozzarella Cheese: For the ultimate in comfort food, try this delicious sandwich. Slices of meatloaf are smothered in sliced mozzarella and then topped with homemade crispy fried onions. (via Cooking for Keeps)

17. Tomato and Chard Salad: Adding chard to a caprese salad may seem a bit unconventional, but the texture is a bit like spinach and the colors are so pretty! This recipe uses buffalo mozzarella which is melt in your mouth rich and the perfect cheese for any salad. (via Amsterdam Food Stories)

18. Caprese Cups: That’s right. We haven’t finished figuring out ways to eat the classic caprese. This time it gets a little south-of-the-border flare with the help of the tortilla. Basically, it’s the most delicious melting pot you’ll ever experience. (via Brit + Co)

19. Artichoke Spinach Pizza: Treat yourself to this delicious pizza and celebrate Meatless Monday! With a super easy, no-knead pizza crust, you can put all kinds of topping on this pizza and then cover the whole thing in mozzarella for pizza perfection. (via Garnish and Glaze)

20. Philly Steak Grilled Cheese: Use up leftover steak by smothering it in mozzarella cheese, then toasting it into a delicious sandwich. Depending on your preferences, you could toss in some grilled onions or peppers for extra flavor and color. (via Killing Thyme)

21. Basil Mozzarella Cheez-Its: In case you haven’t heard, school will soon be in session. And if you’re a parent, that means you need a game plan when it comes to snack time. Consider the first week covered with basil mozzarella bites. (via Brit + Co)

22. Gnocchi With Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella: Instead of boiling these little pastas, try sautéing them in butter to get a delicious caramelized effect. Then, top them with fresh mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes for a summery pasta dish. (via The Food Charlatan)

23. Avocado Caprese Salad: Throwing avocados in a caprese salad is perfection because it adds extra smoothness and color. It’s also just so colorful that you can’t help but smile while you eat it… we’ll let you know if you have something in your teeth. (via Cooking Glory)

24. Cauliflower Crust Breakfast Pizza: Cauliflower crust is the new whole-wheat crust. And if you put mozzarella and an egg on it, you can get away with calling it breakfast. (via Brit + Co)

What’s your favorite way to enjoy mozzarella cheese? Fresh and smooth or soft and melted?