30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 6

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Salad: Tuscany Cafe Caprese Salad
Calories: Approx. 480

Verdict: I say approximately because that's what it clocked in at after sorting the ingredients through the handy-dandy nutrition counter. This is the first time I had checked out a Tuscany Cafe, which you see peppered throughout the city beautiful. It's a mild-mannered, unassuming little italian eatery where you can get your pizza or pasta-on at lunch time. The salads looked good (there was a green bean and red pepper salad that look particularly "interessante") but since there's no nutritional info on the chain's website, and they looked suspiciously gleamy, I'll probably steer clear for now.

Tuscany's Caprese was good in that milky cheese, refreshing veggies way that Caprese salad is always good in. I've been steering clear of larger cheese servings recently, so this felt like a treat. The balsamic vinaigrette was just heavy enough that the teeny bit I smeared on from my fork went a long way. I wouldn't recommend dumping the whole cup onto your salad though, unless you want to add on needless calories. And honestly, with the soft, creamy goodness of the buffalo mozzarella in there, who needs that.

All that being said, the salad was a better good enough. If I want Caprese salad I'll probably get it from there again, but It's not the kind of thing I see myself dreaming of. Now that bean dish from that Armenian place a few days back...
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  • WHGRN60
    Now that looks yummy! I LOVE caprese salad, and this is a really nice take on it.
    3064 days ago
    LOL, thanks. My trusty little camera phone hasn't failed me yet. Thank you modern technology!

    The cheese is really worth a try and you can often find it a your local grocery store (it'll come refrigerated and packaged in water in a plastic container where the other Italian cheeses are). It's really moist and creamy and it's great in salads or on homemade pizza (generic store-bought pizza dough + spaghetti sauce + buffalo mozzarella + canadian bacon = cheap, low cal, and DELICIOUS).
    3065 days ago
    "Buffalo mozzarella"? I have never heard of that, but it SOUNDS YUMMY!!! That salad looks delicious! Maybe you could look into a second career as a Food Photographer.

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    3066 days ago
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