Typically, Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad, named after the island of Capri and consists of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt, and olive oil. It was made to resemble the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green. I have reinvented the classic Italian appetizer by adding a few new flavor twists to this seasonal summertime sensation! The base uses a healthy bed of greens layered with creamy mozzarella, fresh garden tomatoes and ribbons of basil. A touch of natural sweetness comes from the added fruit and this starter literally becomes a light and healthy meal all in one dish. The vinaigrette is made with our Sundried Tomato and Basil Bread Dipping Blend and a splash of good quality balsamic lends a nice finish to the dish. Your guests will be coming back for more!
Sundried Tomato and Berry Caprese Salad
• 2-4 C. leafy greens
• 3 Roma tomatoes, sliced or 1 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
• 16 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced
• 1 C. blueberries or raspberries, (whole) or strawberries, sliced
• ¼ C. pistachio nuts, chopped
• 3-4 fresh basil leaves, sliced into ribbons
Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette
• 6 T. olive oil
• 2 T. balsamic vinegar
• 4 tsp. Zesty Moose Sundried Tomato Basil Blend
Prepare the vinaigrette and set aside. Roughly cut the leafy greens for the salad base. Slice tomatoes or if using cherry tomatoes cut in half. Slice the cheese into ¼ inch thick rounds then, cut each round like a pizza to form the triangle cuts. If using strawberries, I suggest slicing them; blueberries and raspberries leave whole. Slice the fresh basil into thin ribbons and chop the pistachios.
Assemble the Salad: Place leafy greens onto a serving platter. Add the tomatoes, cheese, berries and fresh basil by creating layers on top. Finish with pistachio nuts. Drizzle prepared vinaigrette over top right before serving.
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Assemble Time: 5 Minutes
When I made the decision to cut out processed foods, one of the first items to eliminate was all of the bottled salad dressings. If you have read the ingredient panel, you know exactly where I am going with this. Most ranch dressings contain MSG! Even those little packages that contain dry ingredients and then you add milk, yogurt, mayo or sour cream still contain MSG. Many other commercially sold salad dressings and flavors contain ingredients such as soybean oil, excessive amounts of salt and sugar, natural flavor, sodium benzoate, corn syrup solids, caramel color and preservatives. These are processed ingredients and should be avoided.
I have come up with a healthy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing you can make at home for half the price! Simply add our Dill Seasoning Blend to sour cream or Greek style yogurt. Then add a few fresh ingredients and you have a creamy, delicious and healthy ranch dressing! Serve over fresh salads, use as a dipping sauce for hot wings or serve alongside a vegetable tray. In the weeks to come, I will be focusing on some new recipes for additional salad dressings and flavors that use our products; including some tasty vinaigrettes!
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
1 C. sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 C. buttermilk
2 green onion, finely minced
1 tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. salt
4 tsp. Zesty Moose Willow of a dillo Dill Seasoning Blend
Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend well. For a thinner dressing, simply add more buttermilk to a desired consistency. Place dressing into a jar and refrigerate. Shake well before using.
Total Time: 10 Min.
Prep Time: 10 Min.
Yields 16 oz.