Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mediterranean Tomato, Mozzarella and Celery Salad

Today is National Picnic Day. I can't tell you the last time I went on a picnic. We used to go often earlier on in our marriage and when the kids were small, but as they got older, it became harder and harder to do impromptu things like that on the weekends. Now our picnics consist more of backyard/deck barbecues with family and friends, but no matter what the occasion, salads are always on the menu. They add such a nice variety to whatever it is your serving and many offer a healthier dining option to your guests as well. 

This Mediterranean Tomato, Mozzarella and Celery Salad is a twist on one of my favorites and I just love the "crunch" the crisp celery adds; not to mention the gorgeous color! 


 Mediterranean Tomato, Mozzarella and Celery Salad
8oz. Ciliegine Mozzarella
1 c. Sunburst Golden Tomatoes, halved
1 c. Cherub Tomatoes, halved
3 Stalks celery, washed and sliced
1 Lemon, juice only
3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
1/4 tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Makes 8-1/2 cup servings. 

*Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories 56, Carbs 2.7g, Fat 5.4g, Protein .4g, Fiber .7g, Sugar .4g 
*Calculations based on ingredients entered into Calorie Count and may not be 100% accurate.



Enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. This looks perfect! Especially now that the weather is warming up.

    My family loves trying new salads and this will definitely be on the menu soon. Love that mozzarella!

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    1. Yes, mozzarella is one of our favorites as well and I just love the "crunch" the celery adds to this salad too. :)

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  2. Backyard/deck dining with the family sounds nice, I'm sure someday you'll get out for a more involved picnic. I love the little mozzarella balls combined with cherry tomatoes, your salad looks very pretty with all the colors combined.

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    1. I hope so too Mary, I'll have to make specific plans to do so this summer. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  3. Carrie,
    I never knew, until I joined a CSA, just how flavorful celery could be. Like fresh local strawberries taste better than the shipped ones, and backyard garden tomatoes taste better than the store-bought ones. Celery is just them same. Who knew?

    I look forward to trying this salad when my CSA provides me with these goodies--thanks!

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    1. You're welcome Kirsten! Celery is flavorful and I don't eat it as often either. I always forget. :)

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