Registered Dietitian Fiorella DiCarlo RD, CDN prepares this healthy and seasonal salad packed with antioxidants to fight inflammation in the body and boost your immune system! Choose ripe Stone fruits like nectarines, peaches or apricots, avocado and red onion for a spicy kick! Ingredients: Stone Fruit (i.e. nectarines, peaches, apricots), cubed Avocado, chopped Red Onion, thinly sliced Mozzarella (or feta, ricotta salata) Extra Virgin Olive Oil Lemon Juice Sea Salt Basil Pre
Caprese salad is a quintessential Italian antipasto, traditionally made with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, which encompass the colors of the Italian flag! Thought to have originated in Capri, the luxurious and ancient island in the Gulf of Naples, you'll find a caprese salad in almost every restaurant or home kitchen in Italy.
Caprese salad can be enjoyed as is as a delicious and refreshing appetizer during any time of year, or enhanced with protein and veggies to make a
Living in Italian is all about using fresh seasonal ingredients, especially seasonal fruits and herbs, to elevate your dishes. My favorite way to use fruits is to dice them up with my choice of herb for a rustic salsa or chutney. Salsas and chutneys are so versatile, you'll say goodbye to all the old condiments! This strawberry cilantro salsa is the easiest way to hold onto the flavors of summer. Paired perfectly over any grilled or roasted lean protein (steak, chicken, or ev
Italian cuisine is widely known for its use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Italian's are also known for mixing locally sourced and readily available foods from all food groups into a large nutrient-packed salad. Stone fruit is native to Italy, particularly the southern regions such as Naples and Sicily, where streets are lined with cherry, apricot and nectarine trees for residents to pick and eat on the go! This salad is the perfect, refreshing, summer dish with a sweet and
Sicilian tuna is world renowned given Sicily's long history & relationship with the sea. Sicilian fisherman pack the tuna in extra virgin olive oil and pair it with pane cassata "bread dried by the sun." Sicilian tuna is very different from the tuna we are familiar with in the US. During the months of May and June, the peak months yielding tuna, most if not all meals in Sicily are comprised of tuna. During the spring, tuna migrate through the Mediterranean Sea, towards the co
An infusion is the process of extracting medicinal components from a plant material into water, tea, oil or alcohol. This method has been used for centuries to aid in good health. Posca, also known as honey water was a favorite in ancient Rome. The Romans would mix together vinegar, water and herbs. This in turn would help prevent certain diseases, such as scurvy because the vinegar killed bacteria. In this recipe, the stars of this water infusion are pineapple and strawberri
The recipe is a homage to the Caprese Salad, a mainstay on Italian-American menus! Thought to have originated in Capri, the luxurious and ancient island in the Gulf of Naples, you'll find a caprese salad in almost every restaurant or home kitchen in Italy. This recipe is the easiest way to bring a taste of Italy into your kitchen!
It's no coincidence that the caprese salad resembles the Italian flag, using the best quality Italian ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella, basil,
Need a simple dip or spread ready for guests or a quick meal that is both delicious & nutritious? Here is a simple dip made with 5 ingredients but so versatile! Its perfect as a dip for crudites at your cocktail party, a spread on crostini or tossed with your favorite salad greens or vegetables! Using my favorite healthy swaps avocado and low-fat (not non-fat) Greek yogurt, while not traditionally Italian, are the best way to add a creamy element with all the nutrients. Avoca
Lemon Basil Chicken Endive boats are the perfect appetizer for any party.They are delicious, nutritious, elegant and portable. Each ingredient is packed with vitamins and minerals that guests will be talking about! Endive is a part of the chicory family, related to other popular Italian leafy veggies like radicchio and escarole. Though instead of having that bitter trait like its relatives, endive is mellow, refreshing, crisp, with great body and crunch! High in fiber and a g
I love adding a healthy, Italian twist to classic dishes--this time it's coleslaw! I make a few healthy swaps, starting with the binder, simply using Greek yogurt and avocado instead of mayonnaise for added protein, heart healthy, omega-3 fats & fiber! I also add an Italian/Mediterranean classic, fennel for added crisp bite with the apple and traditional cabbage. A beautifully colorful side dish to lighten any meal and impress any guest at a party! Ingredients: 1 cup cabbage,