Caprese Salad with Tomato Granita

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Caprese Salad with Tomato Granita
Patricia Stagich

Tomatoes should be served at room temperature, and this icy vinaigrette is a cool and resfreshing way to add contrast to the tomatoes. 

Ready in
3
6
Servings
183
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the tomato granita

  • 1 Tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • One 8-ounce seeded, peeled tomato

For the salad

  • 4 assorted heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 8 Ounces bocconcini mozzarella, or large chunks of Parmesan cheese
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish

Directions

For the tomato granita

To prepare granita, place the vinegar, oil, salt, and tomato in a blender or food processor and  process until smooth.  Place the tomato mixture in an 8-inch square baking dish, cover, and freeze until firm, stirring twice during the first 2 hours.

After about an hour, scrape with a fork and break up any big chunks. Scrape entire mixture with a fork until fluffy.

For the salad

Arrange the tomato slices on a platter. Sprinkle the tomatoes with pepper and salt. Top with granita.  Sprinkle with basil. Serve with bocconcini and Parmesean chunks drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.

Caprese Salad Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Caprese Salad Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
18%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
32%
Cholesterol
26mg
9%
Protein
15g
29%
Carbs
6g
2%
Vitamin A
128µg
14%
Vitamin B12
0.5µg
7.6%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
6.4%
Vitamin C
16mg
27%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
N/A
Vitamin E
0.9mg
4.7%
Vitamin K
13µg
16%
Calcium
461mg
46%
Fiber
1g
6%
Folate (food)
20µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
20µg
5%
Iron
0.7mg
3.8%
Magnesium
30mg
8%
Monounsaturated
4g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.8mg
4%
Phosphorus
291mg
42%
Polyunsaturated
0.5g
N/A
Potassium
315mg
9%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
8.7%
Sodium
526mg
22%
Zinc
1mg
8%

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