Eating healthy isn’t easy, especially for someone who has a major sweet tooth. (That would be me *wink*) This past week I gave up all added sugar to challenge myself and to try to eat healthier, and let me tell you, I found it extremely difficult. Though it was very hard to do, I came up with some delicious recipes to out way my sweet tooth and sugary cravings. Though this recipe isn’t sugary and sweet, it is absolutely delicious and distracted me from wanting all the chocolates and desserts. Here is a recipe for Caprese Salad which includes cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and topped with balsamic. It’s healthy, delicious, and the perfect snack or meal.
Cherry Tomatoes: I always choose cherry tomatoes for the recipe because of their perfect size and being super flavorful. I use about 1 pint and slice in half.
Basil: Make sure to use freshly chopped basil. (Even better if it’s fresh from the garden!) It makes all the difference and adds so much flavor.
Mozzarella: I love to use mini mozzarella balls because they are the perfect size! No additional slicing required. If you can’t find them, you can dice up a big mozzarella ball into 1-inch pieces.
Dressing: The balsamic dressing is simple, yet super flavorful. It consists of a balsamic vinegar reduction. Just heat it on the stove and you are all set!
Total time: 20 minutes Servings: about 6
1 pint cherry tomatoes , sliced in half
2 cups balsamic vinegar (it will reduce to about 1 cup)
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 cup mozzarella balls
Place the tomatoes, mozzarella balls and fresh basil leaves in a large bowl.
Heat up the balsamic vinegar on the stove top at medium- high heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the vinegar sticks to the back of the spoon. Stir frequently; it may burn easy.
Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture and toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Add more basil or salt and pepper to taste.