Jul 27, 2009

Caprese Salad




Insalata Caprese is a simple salad of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes topped with basil and a splash of balsamic. A perfect summer appetizer or first course, especially when tomatoes are at their peak.


Caprese Salad
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 Size: 1 oz cheese, 1 slice tomato Old Points: 2.5 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 100.4 • Fat: 7.5 gCarb: 1.8 g • Fiber: 0.3 g Protein: 6.5 g • Sugar: 0.4
Sodium: 180 (without adding salt)

Ingredients:
  • 1 large tomato, sliced into 8 slices
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced into 8 slices
  • 5-6 basil leaves, sliced
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and fresh pepper

Directions:

Place sliced mozzarella on a large plate or platter. Top with tomato, olive oil, balsamic, basil, salt and pepper.

38 comments :

  1. This is one of my all time favorites. It doesnt get better than taht.

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  2. I absolutely LOVE these! And when you make them with Jersey tomatoes OMG - one of the few things Jersey does right - paired with a good balsamic vinegar. LOVE IT.

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  3. I eat this several times a week. I can get more slices than 8 out of an 8oz ball of mozz, cutting the calories per serving. And recent research shows you need a little oil to get the antioxidant goodness out of the tomatoes, so I no longer feel guilty about the teaspoon of olive oil!

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  4. I made something like this last week, only the tomatoes were turned into "cups" to hold the ingredients. The flavors are classic and always perfect for summer.

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  5. I've had these before at a friend's house and always wanted to know how to make them. They are so delicious and the perfect appetizer for any meal. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

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  6. @ Christine, no problem, just make sure you use fresh mozzarella, not packaged like polly-o. It won't taste the same.

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  7. Just found your great blog today... I have a ton of zucchini from the garden so thought I would give your soup a try...OMG! is it ever good :-) I took some to my neighbor next door and her 6 yr old scoffed the bowl down, I now have my second batch on the stove cooking.
    I love your site and have just started WW (I don't have a lot to lose but still wanted to try and stick with their points program.. your recipes are great for this and there are many more of them I want to try. Oh, and I have the meat sauce on the stove as I type... my home grown spaghetti squash just came out of the oven.

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  8. Hi Denise, so glad you like the zucchini soup, that's a favorite in my house, even my daughter loves it!

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  9. Hi Gina,

    Wow, this is my favourite salad, so simple but so tasty! I love the combination of basil and tomato.

    Big Hug!

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  10. This is a favorite of mine, but just a question.. 2.5 pts each? hmmm.. so I'm guessing you won't have more than 2 or 3 of them at once. Darnit!

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  11. @lencurrie - yes, 2.5 each so don't eat the whole thing!! It's a nice starter dish to a light summer meal. Worth saving your bonus points for!

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  12. I am loving everything I read on here and have such great luck with everything I try. Thanks so much Gina for all these recipes. You have made my weight loss journey so much more enjoyable!

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  13. I am loving your website too, I am doing a high protein-vegetable-fruit way of eating and i am finding tons of recipes here that work for me! Thank you so much!

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  14. Thanks Tammy! Yes, lots a friendly low carb meals here!!

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  15. Are all eight slices one serving? or is it 2.5 pts for each stack?

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  16. I wish! 2.5 pts per stack (1 oz mozzerella)

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  17. What a nice, tasty, quick snack in the afternoons! Glad my friend told me about this blog. Lovin' it!

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  18. Made these today and it will be perfect because I only have 3 points left to eat lol!

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  19. If you want to cut the points, cut the mozzarella into 1/2 or 1/4. As long as I get a taste of the mozzarella with the tomato, I'm happy. As much as I love fresh mozzarella, 1/2 a slice is plenty. I wonder if there is a way to get paper thin slices of cheese by cutting with dental floss or something?

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  20. Dang, I forgot to add that in a pinch I use the Daregal Frozen Basil. I just sprinkle it on and let it sit a for a minute until it thaws. Still has great fresh basil flavor and those little containers last forever. I also use it in your basil parmesan orzo recipe.

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  21. @Melissa- What about an egg slicer?

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  22. Love, love, love your blog! Please, keep up the great work! I just started WW, and I like "real" food. At the meetings, everybody talks about all these 1-point pre-processed bars, which I find very uninspiring. Your recipes are exactly what I was needing.

    If you're looking for a delicious salad similar to caprese but with zero points, I strongly recommend Marcella Hazan's garlic scented tomato salad. You can leave the olive oil out with little depreciation in taste, thereby making it zero points per serving.
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/GARLIC-SCENTED-TOMATO-SALAD-MARCELLA-HAZAN-50036820

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  23. About slicing the Mozzarella. You could use a mandolin. (spelling?) It's a slanted slicer made of plastic, with a sharp blade. I also use it to slice red onions really thin for salads. I think it would work on the cheese and you would then get thinner slices, and less calories and points.

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  24. Great idea, I love my mandolin!

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  25. another thought Donna is to put the mozzarella in the freezer long enough to be a little hard and then pass it through the mandolin. I would think it may be too soft for the mandolin!?!!

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  26. Any idea how many Pointsplus this recipe would be?

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  27. One of my favorite snacks or appetizers! It's so light and fresh, leaving room for the main course. The olive oil and balsamic make it so good for those who find tomatoes bland!

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  28. Can you use the WW Mozzerella? It is only 1 point for 1 stick, you can slice it. Then you only have to count 2 points for olive oil and the amount of mozzerella you use.

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  29. I want to make this for a dinner party I'm having this weekend. What vegetarian dish would "go" with this as the main entree?

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  30. Diane, you can but it's just not the same as homemade. Of course it's lighter so completely up to you.

    One Love - I would make a pasta dish like pasta and asparagus or pasta with roasted broccoli.

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  31. Stumbled upon this blog post and I am going to check out some more of your recipes. This is so yummy, I am always looking for new veggie ideas for my "Meatless Monday's".

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  32. Gina! What are the points plus on this one?

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  33. Love this recipe Gina! One suggestion, I use balsamic glaze. They have it at most grocery stores on the olive oil isle. It gives it a stronger slightly sweeter taste then just balsamic vinegar. Thanks again for the recipe!

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  34. I love caprese salad. I had the best one in Italy but these were very yummy too. Its hard for me not to eat more.

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  35. What is the best way to drizzle the olive oil and balsamic onto the tomatoes? I tried pouring with my finger over the top but still had way too much pour out.

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  36. This is one of my all time favorite dishes!!! AND I have discovered a few really cool versions. Use cherry tomatoes (I eat lots of these in the summer) and cut them in half and then use low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese. Make sure to use FRESH basil, chiffonade, roll up and then slice into small strips. Cover with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and some Italian spices. Then you can add some sliced up deli turkey (nitrate-free) and almond slivers -- complete meal. I like the smaller pieces better because you can taste everything much better.

    A second variation is one of my favs since I am from Baltimore, MD. I use small shrimp and/or lump crab meat and season it with Old Bay Seasoning and just add it the recipe as described above.

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