Sautéed Tomato and Olive Câpres

Although it is not Paleo, I’m a huge fan of fresh mozzarella. I buy it in pearls or ciliegine. and just create something, throwing together a few things I think might sound good (meat, veggie, egg and fruit) and then mixing it with an equally appropriate dressing. On a whim, and looking for something new, I threw this together, just winging as I went. It was really quite tasty.

1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced into disks.
1/2 cup black olives, sliced length-wise.
1 1/2 cups mozzarella ciliegine, cut in half
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon Tessemae’s Honey Basalmic dressing
Parsley, black pepper, onion powder, celery flakes and basil to taste

1. Heat olive oil, black pepper and onion powder in small sauté pan.

2. Add tomatoes and toss in the olive oil. Sauté until two minutes and then add olives.

3. Mix olives with tomatoes well and let sit on low heat while preparing cheese.

4. Place cheese in a small serving dish and add spices to taste. Drizzle with dressing. Mix well.

5. Add tomatoes and olives to cheese in dish and mix to coat evenly.

6. Enjoy

​Makes 1 serving.

The Tessame’s dressing can be found at most stores in the produce section.

Tessamaes

I eat a lot of salads as part of my Paleo diet, but, it generally goes without saying that salad dressings are NOT on plan. Many are full of sugars and other gunk that is unnecessary. The problem is that I hate to eat a salad without at least a little dressing. Not to mention I use some dressings as marinades and to mix things like egg salad and tuna.

I found Tessamae’s dressings in the produce department of my local Walmart. They’re organic and yummy and come in several great flavors that keep me from missing regular salad dressing too much. I will admit that I’m not that wild about the Ranch dressing, not because it doesn’t taste good — it does! — but because it’s more like a dill dip than a Ranch dressing.

The Honey Vinaigrette is a staple in my fridge. It gets drizzled on salads, meats and scrambles or mixed into egg salads, caprese salads and tuna. The Lemon Garlic makes a great piccata marinade as well as dresses a nice summer salad.

I haven’t had a chance to check out all the flavors. It seems like every store I walk into has something different, I just have to start buying more of them and trying them. But the ones I do buy are essential to my everyday meal plan.