Insalata Caprese with Arugula

caprese salad finished

This salad is one of my favorites.  I make it frequently for parties or get togethers because its usually a hit and always has that “wow-factor” because its so attractive.  The traditional Italian version does not call for arugula (roquette lettuce) but, I LOVE arugula for its unique kick and sneak it into recipes whenever I can. Plus, it extends the salad a little bit so you get more bang for your buck 🙂  Here’s how I make it.

Ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe tomatoes (I use Big Boy or heirloom varieties)
  • log of fresh mozzarella
  • pack of fresh basil
  • arugula
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinaigre
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

Here is another one I made for a recent girl’s night at my place

caprese salad 2

Ok, so now lets talk about the health benefits:

  • Tomatoes are insanely high in Vitamins A and C as well as lycopene and anti-oxidants.
  • Basil is rich in beta-carotenes and anti-oxidants.
  • Mozzarella is high in calcium and fat-soluble vitamins A, C and E.
  • Arugula is very rich in vitamin K, C and A
  • Olive oil is a non-saturated fat that has all kinds of health benefits.

So, eat up and enjoy!  Its not only good, its good for you.

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