Summer Caprese Salad

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by Chris on April 19, 2011

Happy Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011 Monday! Okay….I realize it’s Tuesday night.  But, it was my intent to get this post up before heading to work Monday morning.  Obviously, that didn’t happen.  So, better late than never. Take 2: Happy Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011 Tuesday!

Did you have a beautiful weekend? Has your week begun famously? Minus the terrible storms here in Atlanta on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday were beautiful.  Having said that, my thoughts and prayers go out to those who fell victim to the tornadoes.

On my side of town, I had the please of attending my High School’s prom.  This was the first prom I have been to since I went as a sophomore to the Junior/Senior prom when I was a teen.  I never went as a junior or senior.  So, it was quite the experience!  Held in midtown Atlanta, the kids were excited and danced the whole night.  It was great to see the enjoyment they experienced.  And, the icing on the cake was that there weren’t any problems, fights, kids caught with “contraband”, etc.  Woohoo!

I also headed over to ISAC to take pics of the Mark Seaman sugar class.  I enjoy Chef more and more, each time I see him.

This post comes at a perfect time to bring Chef Mark Seaman up because he is the picture of health.  Sure, he works with sugar and yummy, decadent, and calorie-packed desserts.  But, he’s also an avid runner and is currently training for a marathon.  Prime candidate for Eat. Live. Be. For a Better 2011, right?

I don’t enjoy running like Mark.  But, I try.  When on the treadmill, I (think I) run. My trainer calls it jogging.  Whatever.  It feels like I am getting chased by someone!  no matter what you call it, I couldn’t run without my music.  In fact, if I forget my iPod at home, I will turn the car back around, just to have music while working out.Which brings me to Eat. Live. Be. Topic #16: What’s On Your Playlist?  I am supposed to spill the beans about the soundtrack I listen to as I work toward my healthy goals.

Well, here it goes.

I have mentioned before, when I baked for the “hip hop moms” and attended the The Legends of Hip Hop Concert, but for those of you who missed it….I love rap and hip hop. While I enjoy other genres, and appreciate all music, I always end up at hip hip.  It’s funny, because I will catch students off guard when they come into my office and my iPod is playing.  “Whatchu know about this, Dr. A”.  I laugh, as I have been listening to rap since before they were born. Then, at the prom, I got “caught” singing and “bobbing my head”.  I forgot….teachers and administrators are not supposed to know/like the same …anything…as teens.

My gym playlist  a bunch of saggy jeans, tattoo-covered guys…the likes of Travis Porter, DJ Khalid, Lil’ Wayne, TPain, Krizz Kaliko, TI, DMX, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Ludacris,Wiz Khalifa.  I can’t explain why I like it…but it keeps me going on on the treadmill.

While the music I listen to is anything but clean and refreshing, the summer caprese below is.  Most of use know of, and eat, caprese salads.  Caprese Salad, the simple Italian salad consisting of fresh buffalo mozzarella slices, plum tomatoes and basil, lightly seasoned with salt, black pepper, and olive oil.  Delicious, right?  Well, a couple of years ago, I made an Orange Caprese, with prosciutto and spinach leaves.

Oranges in a caprese salad are a bit unorthodox, but are a healthy and add a different flavor profile. The benefits of oranges, like how they help prevent kidney stones, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and helps digestion. But, let’s not forget the biggy, right in front of us.  Vitamin C! The Victimize C is a nutrient that helps the body fight cancer. [Inserting shameless plug for Cooking to Combat Cancer here]. And, I am not just taking the flesh of the orange, I mean the peel, too!  The peel is also said to help in the fight against cancer, so don’t be so quick to toss it in the trash.

What do you think?  Willing to veer to the left a little and try a caprese salad with oranges?

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Sarah Caron April 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Wow, that salad looks incredible. Caprese is one of my very favorites in the summertime, and I love the idea of using oranges in it. Mmm!

Kristen April 20, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Using oranges instead of tomatoes is so creative – yum! One of my favorite salads and now I can make it an even different way. Woo-hoo!

Maris (In Good Taste) April 20, 2011 at 8:46 AM

This happens to be a favorite salad of mine and I never would of thought to add oranges to it. I love oranges and am now have a new favorite salad!

SMITH BITES April 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

oranges in lieu of tomatoes is such a terrific swap – and pretty too! i know i don’t ‘run’ on the treadmill and in fact count it a success if i can jog to i’m bowing to you right now, girl – you go!!

patsy April 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

That salad has me wishing for sunshine and warmer days! Love salads like that as the weather starts to improve!

Kalynskitchen April 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I like this idea! I made a Caprese Salad with Kiwi and like it a lot.

Kate April 20, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Late is better than never right? I’m trying to decide between late, doubling up, or skipping this week.

Mele Cotte April 21, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Thanks Sarah! Caprese is my fav too!
Thanks Kristen! I stumbled upon it and am excited I went with it.
Thanks Maris! Switching up to the orange was an A-Ha! moment I was pretty excited about.
Thanks Debra!You are too much! :)
Patsy, I am sending beautiful weather wishes your way!
Kalyn, Love the idea of Kiwi. Just bought some. Now, I need to buy more mozzarella :)
That is true Kate! I hear ya on your decision making….choices….LOL

Nancy Waldeck April 21, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Love the idea of oranges – perfect for a refreshing salad. Citrus makes everyone happy:)

Mele Cotte April 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Thanks Nancy! Citrus does equal happiness. :)

rebecca April 24, 2011 at 11:04 PM

wow great salad love the combo of mozarella and oranges

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