This caprese salad with a patriotic twist marries the flavors of cherry tomatoes and creamy fresh mozzarella with fruity blueberries. A sweet and tangy blueberry dressing served on the side helps pull it all together on the plate. Garnish with fresh basil leaves to round out the summery flavors.

Jamie Vespa MS RD
Source: EatingWell.com, June 2020
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Trim the stem end off each tomato, so they sit flat on their cut sides. Discard the ends or save for another use.

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  • Begin assembling an American flag by arranging one row of 10 tomatoes, cut-side down, on a large platter or cutting board. Arrange a row of 10 mozzarella balls directly below the tomatoes, and repeat with another row of tomatoes, another row of mozzarella balls, and another row of tomatoes. On the third row of mozzarella balls, add 5 more to extend the row to the left. Repeat with tomatoes and mozzarella balls two more times, ending with tomatoes.

  • Set aside 1/4 cup blueberries. Arrange the remaining blueberries in a square to the right of the shorter rows of tomatoes and mozzarella balls.

  • Slice mozzarella into 4 pieces, then cut each piece into quarters. Using a paring knife, cut a star from each quarter, creating 16 stars total. (Alternatively, use a small star cookie cutter.) Gently arrange the mozzarella stars on top of the blueberries.

  • Combine the reserved 1/4 cup blueberries, oil, vinegar, honey, shallot, salt and pepper in a blender; blend until smooth. Scatter basil leaves around the flag, if desired, and serve with the dressing on the side.

Nutrition Facts

365.3 calories; protein 19.3g 39% DV; carbohydrates 12.6g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 1.3g 5% DV; sugars 7.8g; fat 27g 42% DV; saturated fat 10.7g 54% DV; cholesterol 52.5mg 18% DV; vitamin a iu 1046.7IU 21% DV; vitamin c 9.2mg 15% DV; folate 28.1mcg 7% DV; calcium 539.5mg 54% DV; iron 0.5mg 3% DV; magnesium 28.1mg 10% DV; potassium 275.7mg 8% DV; sodium 576mg 23% DV; thiamin -1mg -100% DV; added sugar 2g.