March 22, 2017 Spring is here!

Spring is the first taste of fresh veggies and fruits making me yearn for summer harvests from my garden. One of my favorite crops are tomatoes. I don’t eat many of them these days because I avoid nightshades, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying these juicy, acidy fruit once in a while. My all time favorite is a good caprese salad. It’s light, refreshing and has a wonderful compliment of flavors. The recipe offered here is from Joshua Weissman made with fresh, delicious ingredients. You can omit the cheese and it is still delicious. Add some fresh mint as a variation.

Heirloom Caprese Salad

*Light, delicious and healthy, especially of you limit or forego the cheese!*
Fresh mozzarella cheese has 80 calories per ounce. This recipe calls for 2-8 oz balls divided among 4 people, so I assumed 4 oz/person. You certainly can reduce that.

Yields: 4 servings

  • 4 medium-large Heirloom tomatoes (any color), 29 cal/serving
  • 2, 8-ounce balls of fresh mozzarella, 320 cal/ 4oz serving
  • 2 bunches of fresh basil (10-15 basil leaves)/ 1 cal/ 2tbs serviing
  • Flakey sea salt to taste. 0 cal/serving
  • extra virgin olive oil for drizzling, 119 cal/ 1Tbsp
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste, 0 cal/serving

Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella into ½ inch rounds.

Pick the leaves off of the basil stalk so that you leave the whole leaf intact.

Place a round of mozzarella on a large plate, followed by a basil leaf, and then layer a tomato on top so that the tomato is leaning up against the mozzarella to reveal some of the basil, and some of the cheese. Repeat the process alternating cheese, basil, tomato, all the way around the plate until it connects like you see in the photo. You can do this either around the rim of the plate like I have or you can do it in a straight line on a serving tray, it's totally up to you.

Drizzle generously with a good quality extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with flakey sea salt, and crack some fresh black pepper on top.

Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve later in the day.

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 5 -60 minutes, if you chill before serving


  • Calories: 469
  • Fat: 19.6 grams
  • Carbs: 5 grams
  • Protein: 5 grams