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Baby Kale Caprese-Style Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Basil

Baby Kale Caprese-Style Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Basil
  • Meal

    Breakfast

  • Cusine

Ingredients

6-8 oz. low-fat fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes about 1/2 inch square

5 oz. baby kale leaves

1 oz. fresh basil leaves

1 cup cherry tomatoes

salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

3 T good quality balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice

2 T olive oil

1/2 tsp. Spike Seasoning

1/2 tsp. Italian Herb Blend

Directions

Cut the fresh mozzarella into slices and then into cubes about 1/2 inch square.Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Spike Seasoning, and Italian Herb Blend; then whisk in the olive oil.Put the mozzarella cubes into a plastic bag, add a scant 2 tablespoons of dressing, and let the cheese marinate while you prep the other ingredients.Pull off the larger kale stems if desired and put kale into salad spinner and cover with cold water (to crisp the kale.) Drain the water and spin the kale dry.Wash the basil leaves in salad spinner and spin dry. (You can chop the basil leaves if they’re large, but I left most of them whole.) Cut cherry tomatoes in half.Put the kale and basil leaves in a large plastic bowl and toss with the rest of the dressing.Divide dressed kale/basil into serving bowls. Top each one with some of the marinated cheese and some of the tomato halves.Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve.