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Caprese Salad With Spinach

Caprese Salad With Spinach

Caprese Salad With Spinach

This is a delicious and easy recipe for a Caprese Salad with spinach leaves. The original Caprese salad dish is believed to originate in the Island of Capri, close to the bay of Naples in Italy, hence the name.

spinach and tomato salad

 

A traditional Caprese salad uses fresh basil instead of spinach leaves. But the visual effect of this salad using spinach is the same as the original, as this Caprese salad still has the same colours as the national Italian flag, just like a Margherita pizza – red, white and green!

Through its simplicity alone, this must be one of my favourite salad recipes!

Healthy Caprese Salad

Using spinach as opposed to basil does actually make this an even healthier salad. This is because spinach, yes, that vegetable that Popeye used to swallow from a can in copious amounts, is actually pretty healthy stuff, as you might expect.

tomato spinach salad

 

Compared to Basil, Spinach has more Vitamin K, C, A and E for equal weights. Spinach also contains plenty of minerals with nutritional benefits.

So all in all it is good stuff, and you can eat it raw. Just don’t expect to grow any Popeye forearms! And make sure it has been properly washed before you eat it.

caprese salad

 

Insalata Caprese

This Insalata Caprese might be served as a side dish, an appetizer or even a main dish at any time of the day. All the original ingredients, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil are very common in Italian cooking, making this such a logical salad combination.

The Italian climate can be very hot during the summer days, depending on where you are, and this salad can be the perfect simple alfresco lunch together with a nice glass of Chianti.

spinach caprese salad

Caprese Salad With Spinach

 

Another advantage is that this salad can be put together in less than 5 minutes.

Balsamic Dressing

I think a good balsamic vinegar dressing is very important to make a good salad. Here I used a Crema made with ‘Aceto Balsamico di Moderna IGP’.

balsemic vinegar glaze

 

This is a thick and reduced balsamic vinegar glaze with a wonderful sweet and sour taste. It adds that special something to the salad.

Balsamic vinegar comes in many forms but I recommend using a reduced thick version as this tends to be sweeter and tastier.

I hope you enjoy making this easy salad. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make a Caprese Salad with Spinach

caprese spinach salad

Caprese Salad With Spinach

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This is a recipe for a traditional Italian Caprese salad with spinach instead of Basil leaves. In the wonderful colours of the Italian flag

Ingredients

  • 250g Fresh Italian Buffalo Mozzarella (drained weight)
  • 4 vine tomatoes, sliced
  • 20 fresh spinach leaves
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Glaze of Balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the tomatoes and spinach leaves and drain the mozzarella. Then slice the tomatoes and mozzarella.
  2. Place the tomatoes, mozzarella and spinach leaves in an aesthetically pleasing pattern.
  3. Then pour some olive oil and sprinkle some salt on the salad. Freshly grind some pepper onto the salad and add some balsamic vinegar to finish off. (I like to use a Crema with 'Aceto Balsamico di Moderna IGP' which is a thick and reduced balsamic vinegar glaze.)

Notes

Serve up for a delicious alfresco lunch.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 640Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 1568mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 31gSugar: 20gProtein: 56g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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