I think it's the fact the hominy picks up the brown color of the balsamic vinegar that makes this salad so ugly, but it's oh so tasty! The balsamic vinaigrette is very tangy and very garlicky, so if you suspect it could be too strong for you, adjust the amount of garlic and vinegar. I often substitute other cheeses for the pricey fresh mozzarella. I use regular mozzarella and monterey jack frequently. This is based on a recipe from Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven.