Traditionally, Caprese salad is made with tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar. However, people who have a chronic lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should consider swapping out the balsamic vinegar with red wine vinegar. This is because balsamic vinegar is loaded with carbs that may increase inflammation. In fact, it often has up to 43 grams of carbs per serving.
To help you get your Caprese salad fix, our Lung Health Institute health care team has rewritten the classic recipe to include a more lung-healthy dressing, red wine vinegar. Red wine vinegar still offers the same tang to Caprese salad, but it has zero grams of carbs per serving. It also contains antioxidant compounds called polyphenols that can help fight inflammation. We’ve also added some avocado to our recipe to give this dish a boost of healthy fats. In addition to the many helpful vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants contained in the tomatoes, avocado, basil and extra virgin olive oil, the benefits of red wine vinegar help make our Caprese salad a tasty lunch or dinner option.
PREP TIME | 5 minutes
SERVINGS | 1
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* NOTE: BUF free-range, grass-fed buffalo mozzarella is a good option to purchase for this recipe.
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