Olive Caprese Salad

If there is one thing I LOVED in Italy, it was the caprese salads. I loved how fresh they were and a lot of time they served it with olives and flavored with delicious herbs to spice it up. This is an amazing recipe for your next dinner party!



  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (about 1/2 medium)
  • 2 pounds medium heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup pitted green olives, halved
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced and halved
  • 1 serrano pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  •  1 tablespoon each minced fresh basil, tarragon, mint and cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel

1.In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup vinegar, and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from the heat. Cool slightly; stir in onion. Let stand for 30 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, cheese, herbs and serrano pepper.
3. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lime juice and peel and remaining vinegar; pour over tomato mixture. Drizzle with reserved marinade; toss gently to coat. Season with salt if desired. Serve immediately..

Baked Chickpea Burgers

I am giving up meat for lent and on top of that I have been trying to eat clean most of the time for a few weeks now. I have been avoiding white flour, cheese, and all packaged foods for the most part and it definitely makes the body feel stronger and healthier! Every night I have been trying new recipes so that my husband will not go crazy going meatless. And no, he is not giving it up for lent- I am the chef of the house so what I eat, he eats! 🙂
Anyway, this is what I made last night for dinner and it was delicious, easy, meatless, and clean.

Time: 45 mins (plus time to bake)

Makes: 7-8 medium sized patties
•2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
•2/3 cup of cooked quinoa
•1 egg (replace for Vegan)
•1/4 cup of chopped onion, plus an other 1/4 cup
•2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
•1/2 tsp cumin
•1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
•1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
•1/4 tsp parsley
•a little freshly ground salt and pepper

First, set your oven to 350.

Then mix all your ingreidents together. I don’t have a food processor mixer so I got down and dirty & used my hands. I heavily mixed and smushed everything together together until its all mixed completely. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes per side, flipping halfway through. You can put this over a salad or on a whole grain bun. I added some red onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. It was so delicious. I also served with homemade sweet potato fries and you can find the recipe here