These marinated mushrooms are the perfect appetizer, snack or even a healthy and flavorful dip for a party. Versatile and healthy, this mushroom salad can work as a delicious side dish too!
Marinated Mushrooms Backstory
Marinated Mixed Mushroom Salad is what I ate for breakfast this morning. You're probably thinking I posted the wrong picture. But, no, I am a mushroom lover. I bought beautiful Cremini mushrooms at the Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market and I knew what I was going to use them for. After having a week of not watching calories, I decided to make this healthy mushroom salad. I make these over and over again with any type of mushrooms I have on hand.
Mushrooms are low in calories and sodium but provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin D. These antioxidants can strengthen a person's immune system. Adding some olive oil, garlic and parsley, makes this recipe even more nutritious.
I like to eat these marinated mushrooms right out of the bowl. This isn't going to last long in my house. But if I had company, I would serve this as an appetizer with pita chips, crackers or lightly toasted bread. It is also a great topping on a salad or grilled fish, steak or chicken.
Actually I would serve these marinated mushrooms with many things. OK, but maybe not a topping for ice cream.
How do I choose the best mushrooms?
- Check for a texture that is firm and smooth.
- Ensure that the mushrooms aren't damp, but also that they aren't dried out.
What kind of mushroom should I choose?
- For marinated mushrooms, a variety of different types will broaden the flavor profile.
- White Button: one of the most common types of mushrooms, versatile and delicious in a countless variety of dishes
- Shiitake: slightly on the firmer side with a nice chew with a nice, earthy taste
- Oyster: chewy and soft; when cooked, a nutty flavor tends to come through
- Portobello: larger, with a deep and robust flavor
- Cremini: sort of a midpoint between white button and shiitake mushrooms--they have an earthy taste and a light texture. Delicious, but slightly more expensive than button mushrooms. Also referred to as baby bella mushrooms.
How should I store my mushrooms?
- Store them in the fridge for up to a week. If left whole, they can last even longer.
- Another way to extend their shelf life is to remove them from their container and store the mushrooms in a paper bag to ensure dryness.
How should I prepare my mushrooms?
- It's best not to soak them in water. Instead, wipe away any dirt with a damp cloth.
- You can also rinse them briefly as long as you pat them dry right after.
How do I store my marinated mushrooms once I've made this recipe?
- Once cooked, mushrooms can last for up to 10 days in the fridge.
- Place the marinated mushrooms in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag for optimal storage.
- In the freezer, cooked mushrooms can last anywhere from 10-12 months. This dish is served cold, so if you're defrosting it, move it to the fridge and leave it there overnight. The next day, it should be thawed and ready to eat!
Marinated Mushrooms Variations
- For a Greek twist, exclude the red peppers and add some thyme, oregano, and coriander.
- Use balsamic vinegar and rosemary to create the perfect salad topper.
- If you're looking for more of a pickled flavor, this recipe from the National Center for Home Food Preservation details the process for making the recipe in bulk.
- Add different vegetables along with the red peppers. Chop some carrots or onions, or if you want your marinated mushrooms spicier, use a hotter kind of pepper like jalapeno.
- Instead of olive oil, use something like avocado or sesame oil for a different, subtle flavor.
Other Dishes to Make with Marinated Mushrooms
- This mushroom salad could be a lovely side for this Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich or your favorite sandwich at lunch.
- Are you a pizza fan? Try adding your marinated mushrooms to these Pizza Grilled Cheese sandwiches for some extra flavor! You could also top this Healthy Artichoke Pizza with these mushrooms.
- If you're hosting and looking for some other appetizers, consider these Strawberry Feta Skewers, or even some Greek Kofta Kabobs.
- Serve marinated mushrooms as a side with this One-Pan Garlic Butter Chicken from The Girl Who Ate Everything!
- Make a cheese board with these mushrooms, some Homemade Marinated Olives, different types of cheeses, crackers and grapes.
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Marinated Mixed Mushroom Salad
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 24 ounces of mixed mushrooms sliced into ½ inch pieces I used white, oyster and shitake
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- ⅓ cup chopped roasted red peppers can be jarred or homemade
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- In a large frying pan, heat the oil on medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until wilted.
- Add the garlic, roasted peppers, parsley, vinegar and salt. Cook for a few minutes and make sure all ingredients are well blended.
- Chill for a few hours before serving.
First Published April 2012; Updated June 2020