The Perfect Summer Snack

Caprese Salad is my favorite summer time treat. And with tomato season on the horizon I can’t get it off my mind.  It’s easy, cool, light, delicious, and healthy.  Never had one?  Oh. My. Heavens.  Read on! 

(I understand making a caprese salad is probably not actually cooking.  But I make the rules around here so it qualifies for cooking week.)

Simple, Delicious, and Good for You!

Ingredients:

Large, certified organic tomato

Package of fresh mozzarella.  Find it in the specialty cheese section.  It comes floating in water.

Fresh Organic Basil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper (optional)

Assembly

Cut the tomatoes into 1/4’’-1/2’’ slices;  Ditto for the mozzarella;   Layer on a plate alternating one tomato slice, on mozzarella slice, one basil leaf;  Drizzle it all with olive oil and balsamic vinegar;  sprinkle salt and pepper as desired;  grab a fork and enjoy summer on a plate

Hints

The key to this snack is the freshness of the ingredients.  Especially the tomatoes.  Right off the vine in your garden is ideal, or picked up that morning at a local farmer’s market.

Nutritious Snack or Appetizer

Each tomato and mozzarella slice (w/oil & vinegar) contains about 60 calories. 

The tomato and olive oil are packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants.

The mozzarella adds a boost of protein to balance the snack and make you feel fuller.

 
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2 responses to “The Perfect Summer Snack

  1. My absolute favorite summer food! I have been trying to think of ways to make it without cheese but really, there is no substitute! Great post.

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