Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is not safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Life is great. Cheese makes it better." -Avery Aames

The refrigerator light goes on...

Caprese salads are just about perfect. Why mess with a great recipe?

I am not sure that I have a good answer to my own question, but in this case it seemed like a good idea and it turns out really great. The combination of the umami flavors in the roasted tomato with the sweet pine nuts and tangy capers goes perfectly with the creaminess of the fresh mozzarella.

Basil is the traditional, but I love this variation with fresh cilantro: it has a more subtle flavor. Serve this with a soup and a bit of bread smeared with extra virgin olive oil for the perfect meal.  

Try one of these soups:
Chilled White Bean Soup with Sun Dried Tomatoes
Traditional French Onion Soup
Corn Bisque with Crabmeat
Lentil Soup


Warm Caprese Salad

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 1 salad

Cooking time: 30 minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied but does not keep well.

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. pine nuts
16 grape tomatoes
2 tsp. capers
to taste black pepper
1/2 cup fresh basil or fresh cilantro (coarsely chopped)
2 - 1 ounce slices fresh mozzarella

Warm Caprese Salad, an easy healthy side salad from Dr. Gourmet

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the olive oil, pine nuts, tomatoes and capers in a small skillet.

Place the skillet in the oven and roast the tomatoes for about 12 to 15 minutes. Shake the pan occasionally.

While the tomatoes are roasting, place the mozzarella slices on two small plates.

When the tomatoes are roasted, remove the pan from the oven and add the pepper and basil.

Toss gently until the basil is wilted.

Top the mozzarella with the tomatoes and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 salad

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 135 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Monounsaturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 15% Iron 2%
Vitamin K 26mcg Potassium 155mg