Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

 

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

 

2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half (12 oz)

2 cups mozzarella pearls (8 oz)

¼ cup fresh basil leaves

3 tbsp balsamic reduction

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

 

Place tomatoes and mozzarella pearls in a bowl.  Tear basil leaves and sprinkle over top.  Toss with balsamic reduction, salt and pepper.

Serve immediately.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 

4 servings, 230 calories per serving

 

Asparagus with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

Asparagus with caramelized onions and tomatoes may take some time but it’s definitely worth the wait! It’s low in calories and packs a huge nutritional punch!

Asparagus with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes
Asparagus with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

Asparagus with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

 

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter

1 large onion, thinly sliced

1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1” lengths

1½ teaspoon balsamic reduction

 

 

Place olive oil and butter in a heavy saute pan and turn heat to medium-low.

Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and beginning to caramelize, about 30 minutes.

Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid from tomatoes has evaporated, about 30 minutes.

Add asparagus, turn heat up to medium-high and cook until all liquid from asparagus has evaporated, 10-15 minutes.

Make a well in the center of the pan and add balsamic reduction. Stir to deglaze the pan.

Serve immediately or store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

3 servings, 170 calories per serving

 

Homemade Balsamic Reduction Glaze 

Balsamic reduction glaze can take a recipe up to the next level but it can be expensive!  Why dish out the $$$ when you can make your own in less than 30 minutes?

Balsamic Reduction Glaze 

Balsamic Reduction Glaze 

Course Salad Dressing
Servings 1 tbsp
Calories 42 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups good quality balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Heat balsamic vinegar in a small pot or saucepan over medium heat.
  • If adding sugar, combine both into the pot and heat together.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to medium-low heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally,  until the vinegar thickens and is reduced by half (about 20 minutes*). It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before serving (about 15 minutes).
  • *If simmering with sugar, it will take about 8-10 minutes to reduce.
  • Hack: Store your balsamic glaze in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
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Try this balsamic reduction glaze on pan-roasted Brussels sprouts or Caprese salad!

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