This is a perfect use of vine-ripened late summer heirloom tomatoes and garden- fresh basil for lunch. It’s also absolutely light-dinner perfect served with a glass of long-finish, mild-spice Sangiovese and a good loaf of Italian bread for dipping.

We highly recommend you splurge on fresh water-packed mozzarella di bufala from Campania (if it’s available in your area). If not, go with the best water-packed mozzarella in your supermarket), as well as first-press virgin olive oil to dress the tomatoes. For fabulous pizzazz, add a drizzle of the best quality balsamic vinegar you can afford.

Place tomato slices, alternating with mozzarella slices on a large serving platter, or on individual plates.

Drizzle generously with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste, then sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh basil leaves rolled and cut into ribbons.

Nutritional information
Four ounces of fresh mozzarella includes 24 grams of protein and 60 percent of your daily calcium requirement.

Balsamic vinegar is carbohydrate rich, so go easy if you are trying to lose weight. The good news is that a very small amount goes a long flavor way.

Ellen Troyer, with Sabrina Farmer and the Biosyntrx staff; Most of our Tasty Tuesday recipes are available under our Education Center tab, as are the Nutrition Science Friday Pearls, the From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD, missives, and Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities. The Biosyntrx Fitbit Company Challenge ongoing results can be found under our Lifestyle tab.

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