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Fun Caprese Salads!

Do you know what a caprese salad is? This is a fancy word for that yummy combination of tomatoes and mozzarella that you can eat at restaurants or have as a snack at home. Tomatoes are a September Foods of the Month so try this tasty salad now if you have never eaten it before!
Are you in need of some kid-friendly food presentation tips? There are lots of different ways to make and present caprese salads. For example, simply sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and drizzle with balsamic vinegar to get more flavors. You can also add a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and some basil leaves.

Make these caprese salad creations next time your kids don’t know what they want to eat!

Caprese Sandwich Pops – Use toothpicks to make these fun treats. First, cut grape tomatoes in half and place in a sealable container. Add some balsamic vinegar and a little salt, then close the container and shake all the ingredients together. Next, cut up squares of low-fat mozzarella cheese. Finally, assemble your pops by placing one square of cheese in between 2 tomatoes (cut side against the cheese) and poke a toothpick through it. Add a basil leaf on top to decorate.

Stuffed Caprese Tomatoes – Cut cherry tomatoes in half and scoop out the insides. Add fresh mozzarella cheese to the inside, then broil for 5 minutes, or until the cheese starts to bubble. Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar and enjoy!

Caprese Pita – Make a quick light lunch or snack by toasting a whole wheat pita, then adding cut up tomatoes, low-fat mozzarella cheese, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Broil in your oven if you want to eat the sandwich hot, or you can enjoy cold. Fold it up for a quick and easy meal!

Traditional Caprese – You will need one vine ripe tomato and one ball of fresh mozzarella cheese. Slice the tomato and the cheese into thin slices. Alternate layers of tomato and cheese on your plate, then top with cut up basil and balsamic vinegar. This is a very yummy light dinner or appetizer!7888839644_673cd063c0

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