Caprese Salad Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

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Chef Ryan Callahan’s healthy and easy Caprese Salad Recipe for cancer patients.


Caprese Salad Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Ease of Preparation: Easy Recipe

Dish Description:
A classic Italian favorite. Loved the world over. Known for its many variations and simplicity. This is a dish that is hard not to love, especially when it is warm out. Great as an appetizer or as a meal. You can change the texture and consistency of the dish simply by changing the cuts to the tomatoes and mozzarella. For a fun finger food appetizer, slice and stack like an open-faced sandwich. For a fun family style appetizer, chop the tomatoes and mozzarella into cubes. Toss in the marinade and serve with crusty bread.

Tasting Guidelines:
This recipe should taste savory, sweet, and fresh.
The weight of this recipe is light but can be balanced with basil and vinegar.
The texture of this recipe is soft.
This recipe is good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
This recipe gives an emotional response of yummy summer time freshness.
This recipe is best categorized as Italian.

Food Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh mozzarella, sliced
5 medium-sized Roma tomatoes, sliced

Flavor Balancers:
kosher salt to taste
black pepper to taste
red wine vinaigrette (I personally use the brand Wishbone.)

Aromatics:
fresh whole basil leaves

Recipe Directions:
Since this is a fresh recipe, wash tomatoes and basil thoroughly. Slice tomatoes into sandwich slices about a 1/4 inch thickness. Lightly sprinkle salt over the tomatoes slices on both front and back.

Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Then marinate tomatoes in large mixing bowl in a generous coating of Wishbone red wine vinaigrette for at least 30 minutes. While tomatoes are marinating, slice fresh mozzarella into similarly sized servings. Set aside.

Remove basil leaves from stem. Then on a large serving platter, assemble in this method: Tomatoes down first. Cheese down second. A sprinkle of fresh black pepper over the cheese. And basil leaf to finish. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Chef Recipe Tips:
Caprese Salad may be refrigerated for several days for quick easy snacks throughout the week. I highly recommend if you are going to do this to put the basil on fresh every time you serve. This recipe is more like a finger food and can be made more like a salad by chopping everything into thumbnail-sized chunks. You can also substitute the Roma tomatoes for Cherry or Grape tomatoes for an even more forkable option!


Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimine. All of our recipes can be made with organic ingredients if you choose. Our holistic approach to cooking will help you not only be able to eat but to also enjoy the taste of your food again during and after cancer and chemotherapy treatments. We have many healthy recipes, crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, dinner recipes, shrimp recipes, pasta recipes, soup recipes, vegan recipes, salad recipes, vegetarian recipes, breakfast recipes, and even a great chili recipe. Talk with your oncologist and dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

This recipe is taken from Cooking for Chemo …and After! By Chef Ryan Callahan -The Cancer Chef. For more cooking for chemotherapy recipes like this, you can pick up a copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Have specific questions? Email us at cookingforchemo@gmail.com

About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.