A classic Italian salad starring creamy bites of mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and fragrant basil leaves—all tossed with the Traditional Basil Pesto. Drizzle it with the sweetly rich balsamic glaze for a stunning contrast of flavours. It is super simple to make with minimum ingredients. The salad holds a significant serving of nutrients beneficial to our daily intake. Whether it is a small portion as a quick snack, or a larger meal, slicing up these three ingredients is sure to satisfy our cravings and improves our body’s health.
Health benefits of the ingredients:
The tomatoes being rich in antioxidants offer a wide range of vitamins that contribute to our health. These antioxidants prevent cardiovascular diseases and are known to lower cholesterol levels. Moreover, the nutrients in tomatoes aid digestion, lower hypertension and maintain healthy skin, teeth, hair and bones.
In countries like India, basil is used as a herbal treatment in traditional and folk medicine till today. Basil serves as a strong anti-inflammatory with enzyme-inhibiting oils being rich in antioxidants, vitamins and magnesium. The antioxidants in basil are helpful in naturally preventing cancer, specifically skin, liver, oral and lung cancer.
The most obvious benefit from dairy is calcium which is a player in bone structure and protects tooth enamel. The wide range of vitamins found in mozzarella play a significant role in bone growth, vision and healthy skin. Rich in protein, this cheese boosts energy and is a good source for muscle maintenance.
Ingredients (Serves 4-6 people)
2 tablespoons Traditional Basil Pesto
2 tablespoons Dolce Vita or Barbera’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 pound bocconcini fresh mozzarella, drained
1 pound tomatoes (any variety), cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup fresh basil leaves
Ponti’s Balsamic Glaze, for drizzling
In a mixing bowl, whisk together pesto and olive oil.
Gently toss together mozzarella, tomatoes and basil leaves with pesto mixture in a large serving bowl.
Serve drizzled with balsamic glaze.
We hope you will try this very simple and healthy recipe at home.
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