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Fresh Rec Stop Recipe: Caprese Salad

By Garrett Simpson, NASM-CNC, Community Health Leader


Caprese salad is a simple, refreshing Italian dish that highlights the vibrant flavors of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil, drizzled with olive oil and often a touch of balsamic vinegar. This salad is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a nutritional powerhouse.

  • Tomatoes provide a rich source of vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants like lycopene, which supports heart health and reduces inflammation.
  • Mozzarella contributes protein and calcium, essential for muscle function and bone health.
  • Basil adds a burst of flavor along with vitamins K and A, which are crucial for blood clotting and vision.
  • Olive oil, a healthy fat, offers monounsaturated fats that promote cardiovascular health and contain anti-inflammatory properties.

Together, these ingredients create a delicious and nutritious dish perfect for any meal.



Did you know that you can find fresh, affordable produce near you? The Fresh Rec Stop program aims to increase access to affordable produce at convenient community locations. Learn more here.