Saturday, June 19, 2010

Caprese Salad and a bit o' other info - come and see!

This is a super simple salad that I like to make for my family. It's quick and easy and tastes great too! Hope you like it.

Also, just to give you a quick update on a couple of things: When my husband and I got back from our anniversary a few weeks ago, we started a "food plan" for chubby vegans, erk. Yes, I may like my food a bit too much. Thankfully, this is a perfect post to display a salad recipe! Anyhow, I'm incorporating a recipe of mine about once a week for my family to practice portion control with my recipes, and also to have something to blog about. :-) So, that's why I've been coming on weekly, instead of every three days. I hope you'll be patient with me during this time. When I'm fit and trim and where I want to be, I'll have more posts. If you're curious about the food plan, it's put out by (an online magazine), and the website is I got lucky and am one of the testers, so I didn't have to pay anything, and I give feedback on recipes and the website. I don't know what membership costs.

Secondly, I'm going to be a tester for a blogger who just got a cookbook contract - yay! Kathy over at has got just three months to come up with 150 recipes. I can't post her recipes on my blog, but I have permission to publicize her, like I'm doing now. How does this fit in with my food plan? Well, for the next couple of months, I'm going to have juggle both things and work on portion control. It doesn't seem like her recipes will be giving me problems with calorie-overload. So, all in all, it seems like my own cooking is sliding to the "back burner" (get it?), but I will post at least once a week. Thanks for understanding!

Now for the salad! Isn't it a purty picture?

Caprese Salad


4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
Approximately 5 to 6 oz. vegan mozzarella cheese, cubed small
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons (directions below)
3 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper


To cut fresh basil leaves into ribbons, simply stack the leaves on top of each other, five or six at a time, roll up and cut into thin strips. You'll have nice thin ribbons of fresh basil - yum. Toss these with the rest of the ingredients into a medium bowl and chill for at least an hour. Bring out and toss again before serving. Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. How cool on double testing ;-) That salad looks so refreshing.

  2. Yes, Heather, I'm excited about both things. Just gotta figure out how to juggle everything. :-) The salad was refreshing, now that you mention it! How's your tummyache? Any better? I'm going over to your blog now to see if you posted an update. :-)

  3. thats a lot of exciting news! so you have to make all 150 recipes or does she have a few people that are going to do it? thats pretty awesome for the both of you!thats a fun way to kick off a weight loss effort.

  4. Hi, Dirty Duck! She's hoping that we each make a few dozen to try. I'm looking forward to dusting off my crock pot and slow cookin' some fooooood. :-)

  5. It must be Caprese Salad day in the blogosphere. I made one tonight too.

    Good luck on the food plan and have fun recipe testing. ;-)


  6. Great job....good luck on the weight loss and the testing of many meals...that is superb...especially eating someone else's great recipes....YUM! Have fun.

  7. How fun to get to test out the recipes! The salad looks great, gotta love the basil;)

  8. Hi, Ladies!

    Alicia, Again great minds... :-)

    Millie, Yes, I am going to have fun testing the recipes. I would really like to use my Crock Pot more often.

    Janet, Yes, I'm looking forward to it. And, I agree, you gotta love that basil! :-)

  9. Ooh yum yum! I have some fresh basil that is just calling out to be used in this recipe. Thanks too for - 1) the link to the vegan slow cooker site - yum! - and 2) visiting :)

  10. Hi, Vegbooks! Glad you like the recipe. You're welcome for the link - it's a great site. :-)

  11. That salad does look purely refreshing and delicious. I'm excited that tomato season is finally here!

    Good luck with the testing it sounds interesting and fun.

  12. Thanks, Rose. Tomatoes are the best! I think I'll have fun with the testing, too. :-)

  13. Hello,
    Thank you for a nice salad for tonight:).
    Hope all is well and thank you for stopping by. I'm okay, just needed some time to focus. Blessings!

  14. Glad you're back, Pet. Hope you're relaxed and well now. :-)

  15. Jane and I are slimming, too! I've expressed my interest in the VegFamily weight loss thingy and am waiting to hear when it begins.

  16. Hi, Penny! So, you've come across the Vegan Weigh Down, too? I've been on it since May 25th, but they told me it would launch on June 1st. Maybe they're still working the bugs out of the website. I'd love to hear when you guys start and how you're doing on it, if you want to share. Isn't it funny how vegan food can be fattening, too? I'm heavier now than I was before this. :-)

  17. Some rustic bread & glass of wine alongside this would make a lovely summer evening supper.

  18. Sounds good, Lynette! When are we coming over?

  19. Thank you for stopping by my blog and also for your kind comment. I'll be sure to let you know the next time I'm in Sac. And I agree with Lynette! A nice ciabatta and chianti would make this a perfect summer meal!