Living in Italian: Stone Fruit Pesto Salad

September 5, 2018

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 savory flavor profile. An Italian twist to the traditional fruit salad is adding mozzarella and pesto, which means you can serve this as an appetizer or dessert. This salad is packed with nutrients and will leave your guests wanting more! 

 

Ingredients:

  • Cantaloupe

  • Apricot

  • Nectarine

  • Lemon juice

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Sea Salt

  • Red Pepper Flakes

  • Mozzarella Cheese, diced 

  • Basil

  • Fiorella's Pesto

     

Preparation:

  • Cut all fruit into approximate 1" chunks. Leave skin on all fruits except for cantaloupe

  • Place fruit a large bowl and mix together 

  • Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice to taste

  • Sprinkle with sea salt and red pepper flakes to taste

  • Add mozzarella cheese to the bowl and mix all ingredients together

  • Top with basil and pesto

  • Serve and enjoy!

     

Nutrition RX:

  • Stone Fruits: such as nectarines and apricot are high in fiber and beta-carotene, which are important for digestive health and act as anti-oxidants 

  • Basil: is packed with vitamin K, important for bone health and blood clotting, and has anti-inflammatory properties

  • Olive oil: is a monounsaturated fat, important for heart health, and contains antioxidant benefits

  • Lemon juice: contains vitamin C, important for building collagen and giving you glowing skin

 

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