Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad

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For a twist on a classic Italian salad, try my Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad.

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For a twist on the classic Italian Caprese salad, I use mini heirlooms and roast the salad to intensify the flavors. Mini heirloom tomatoes are readily available in grocery stores in the US these days, but this salad will, of course, work beautifully with any large heirloom tomatoes you find. I like to vary the tomato colors. In addition to the traditional red, try to find yellow, green, and even the darker shade, which looks between purple and black. The green of the basil and the white of the mozzarella cheese balls will create a gorgeous display.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
This salad is so easy to put together. I drizzled a little olive oil in the bottom of a casserole dish, sliced the larger mini tomatoes and left a few of the smaller ones whole and added them to the dish. Salt them with some Himalayan sea salt. Add a few basil leaves (not all of them!) and roast  for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to soften. The basil leaves will turn brown; that’s okay, you will remove them before serving and replace with fresh basil leaves.

For the last 5 minutes or so of the roasting, add the mozzarella cheese balls – not too many – and let them just begin to melt during the last few minutes in the oven. Remove from the oven, make sure the roasted basil leaves have been removed and replace with fresh basil leaves.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Admire the pretty salad! Take a photo of it if you like! At this point, you could serve the salad as is; it’s delicious! However, I like to drizzle just a wee bit more olive oil and just a touch of balsamic vinegar over it before serving.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Enjoy!
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Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
 
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • You can customize the serving sizes depending on how much of each ingredient you choose to use, therefore, no set amount of each ingredient is given.

  • Mini Heirloom tomatoes, slice larger ones; leave small ones whole
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh mozzarella mini cheese balls, or mozzarella, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. Drizzled a little olive oil in the bottom of a casserole dish.

  3. Sliced the larger mini tomatoes and leave the smaller ones whole. Add tomatoes to the dish.

  4. Salt tomatoes.

  5. Add a few basil leaves (not all of them) and roast for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to soften. The basil leaves will turn brown; that’s okay, you will remove them before serving and replace with fresh basil leaves.

  6. Remove from oven and add mozzarella cheese balls.

  7. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese begins to melt.

  8. Remove from the oven, and remove wilted basil leaves. Replace with fresh basil leaves.

  9. Serve as is, or drizzle just a little more olive oil and just a touch of balsamic vinegar over the salad before serving.

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Gluten Free Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies

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These Gluten Free Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies can be made in one bowl, no mixer required! They bake in under 30 minutes and can be ready to eat as soon as they have cooled.

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Those gooey chocolate chips in a healthy base of almond butter and few other yummy and healthy ingredients are irresistible.

Gluten Free Almond Butter Blondies

These were so good I couldn’t stop sneaking a bite as I was trying to take photos! And these were so simple to put together. You’ll need a large mixing bowl and a large whisk and/or spoon to combine the ingredients. Line your pan with parchment paper for easy lifting out of the finished blondies and also for easy cleanup.

Gluten Free Almond Butter Blondies

I added a drizzle of melted chocolate on the top just for fun, but these are totally yummy without that extra step. There’s enough chocolate goodness in these blondies that you’ll never miss the drizzle if you choose not to add it. But it is pretty, right? 😉

Gluten Free Almond Butter Blondies

I hope you make these easy Gluten Free Almond Butter and Chocolate Chip Blondies and let me know how you like them. They’re a keeper around here!

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Serves: 9 blondies
Ingredients
  • Blondies:
  • ⅓ cup of coconut oil, softened
  • ¾ cup of plain almond butter, smooth and unsalted
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • ¾ cup of maple syrup
  • 2 cups of fine ground almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ cup of bittersweet and/or semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like to mix them)

  • Chocolate Drizzle:
  • ⅛ cup of chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon of coconut oil
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened coconut oil and almond butter until smooth. Add in the maple syrup and eggs and stir to combine.

  2. Add the almond flour and baking powder to the wet mixture and mix carefully until combined.

  3. Fold in the chocolate chips. Reserve a few for the top.

  4. Spread the mixture into an 8 x 8 baking dish lined with parchment paper.

  5. Bake at 350° for approx. 25 minutes. The top should be golden brown. Do not over bake. Let cool for 30 minutes before attempting to remove and slice. The blondies will set a little more as they cool off.

  6. Chocolate Drizzle:
  7. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt/soften about ⅛ cup of chocolate chips with ½ teaspoon of coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted.

  8. With a spoon, lightly drizzle chocolate over each blondie and let set.

  9. Blondies will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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15 Sweet And Savory Watermelon Recipes

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Here are 15 Sweet And Savory Watermelon Recipes for all your summer gatherings!

15 Sweet and Savory Watermelon Recipe for Summer

Watermelons are abundant during summer, and so are sweet and savory recipes that take advantage of this versatile fruit. From beverages to popsicles, smoothies and sorbets, watermelon can even be grilled and incorporated into salads. Check out the recipes below to see how creative you can get with watermelon.

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CREAMY WATERMELON COCONUT MILKSHAKE
Photo and recipe courtesy of Cook Nourish Bliss

Creamy Watermelon Coconut Milkshake

WATERMELON MOJITOS
Photo and recipe courtesy of The Cookie Writer

Watermelon Mojitos

STRAWBERRY WATERMELON SMOOTHIE
Photo and recipe courtesy of Sidewalk Shoes

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie

WATERMELON SLUSHIE
Photo and recipe courtesy of Zesty Olive

Watermelon lemonade slushie

WATERMELON, AVOCADO AND MINT SALAD WITH FETA CHEESE
Photo and recipe courtesy of Foolproof Living

 Watermelon Avocado Mint Salad with Feta

SUMMER WATERMELON CHERRY SALAD WITH FETA
Photo and recipe courtesy of Happy Foods Tube

Summer Watermelon Cherry Salad with Feta

WATERMELON MANGO PICO DE GALLO
Photo and recipe courtesy of Damned Delicious

Watermelon Mango Pico de Gallo

MELON BALL SALAD
Photo and recipe courtesy of Zesty Olive

Melon Ball Salad

GRILLED WATERMELON AND BALSAMIC CHICKEN
Photo and recipe courtesy of The Creative Bite

Grilled Watermelon and Balsamic Chicken

WATERMELON JELLY
Photo and recipe courtesy of Daily Dish Recipes

Watermelon Jelly

WATERMELON FRUIT LEATHER
Photo and recipe courtesy of Domestically Blissful

Watermelon Fruit Leather

WATERMELON BRIE BITES
Photo and recipe courtesy of My Suburban Kitchen

Watermelon Brie Bites

KIWI WATERMELON FRUIT POPSICLES
Photo and recipe courtesy of B. Brittnell

Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles

WATERMELON PIZZA WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING
Photo and recipe courtesy of Wholesome Yum

Watermelon Pizza

WATERMELON SHERBET
Photo and recipe courtesy of Five Heart Home

Watermelon Sherbet


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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

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This Loaded Baked Potato Salad is simple but outrageously delicious! It’s perfect as a side dish for cookouts, BBQs, and any time you need a savory ‘tater salad.

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If you’re wanting a loaded baked potato, but don’t want to wait forever for it to bake, consider making its easier and faster cousin, the loaded baked potato salad. Seriously, this is just as delicious and satisfying as the baked potato, plus it tastes great as a cold salad, or if you prefer, make it and consume it immediately while it’s still warm. Amazing either way.

My favorite, however, is eating it the next day. There’s something about a day in the refrigerator that deepens the flavors and makes it even more addictive and yummy.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

So here’s how I put this easy ‘tater salad together. (Full recipe down below)

  • First, fry, drain, cool and crumble your bacon.
  • Second, grate the cheese. I use a sharp cheddar and I grate it myself.
  • Third, chop your green onion.
  • Set all that aside while you boil the potatoes. You can use just about any kind of potato here – Yukon gold, red, russet…whatever you have on hand. For this batch, I had some russet baking potatoes one hand so I peeled them and cut them into medium sized chunks and boiled them until just this side of tender. Do not over boil because then the potatoes hold too much water and turn to mush when you go to assemble the salad. Drain your potatoes well and *let them cool for a bit before moving forward with the recipe.

*If you’re serving your potato salad warm, then skip the cooling step.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

  • Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add salt and/or seasoning salt, sour cream and yogurt. Using a large spoon, very lightly mix.
  • Add 3/4 of the cheese, bacon and green onions and lightly toss to combine. (Reserve the rest for garnish on top)
  • Transfer to serving bowl and garnish the top with the remaining cheese, bacon and green onion.
  • Serve and enjoy! If you have leftovers, refrigerate and enjoy again the next day.

Full recipe below.

Potato lover? Make sure you check out my other potato recipes: Baked Scalloped Potatoes, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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  • 6 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into medium-small cubes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt (more if you like it creamier)
  • 1½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • ⅓ cup chopped green onions
  • ½ - ¾ cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 2 tsp Himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Fry, drain, cool and crumble the bacon. Set aside.

  2. Grate the cheese. Set aside.

  3. Chop the green onion. Set aside.

  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  5. While water is coming to a boil, peel and chop potatoes into small-medium cubes. Add to boiling water and cook until almost tender. Do not over boil as the potatoes will hold too much water and turn to mush when you go to assemble the salad.

  6. Drain potatoes well and let them cool for a bit before moving forward with the recipe, unless you are serving your salad warm.

  7. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.

  8. Add salt, sour cream and yogurt. Using a large spoon, very lightly mix, taking care not to mush or break the potatoes.

  9. Add ¾ of the cheese, bacon and green onions and lightly toss to combine. (Reserve the rest for garnish on top)

  10. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish the top with the remaining cheese, bacon and green onion.

  11. Serve warm or chill salad, covered, in the fridge until ready to serve.

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