This salad is a delicious, nutrient filled treat. Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and the antioxidant lycopene. I found these adorable mini heirloom tomatoes at Trader Joe’s. The more colorful, the better! Mozzarella, while slightly higher in fat and sodium, is a good source of calcium and vitamin D. One ounce of mozzarella cheese has about 22% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance. Basil has been taking over my recipes lately. It is a great way to add flavor without adding sodium and it’s a good source of vitamin K. Finally, (no need to remind you, but…) cannellini beans, like other types of beans and legumes, have plenty of dietary fiber and bring plenty of plant protein to the table.
I love this combination as a salad and the balsamic glaze at Trader Joe’s makes it ten times easier to make. Shout out to TJ’s on this one!
Cannellini Caprese Salad
- 8 oz mini buffalo mozzarella, cut in half
- 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup mini heirloom tomatoes, cut in half
- 10 basil leaves, torn
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic glaze
- Salt and pepper
Combine mozzarella, beans, tomatoes and basil in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle salad with olive oil and balsamic glaze.
Serves: 6 | Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 200, total fat: 12 g, total carbohydrates: 15 g, dietary fiber: 3 g, sugars: 1 g, protein: 9 g
This is one of my favorite ways to use basil. What’s yours? Tell me below!