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Italian flags (tomato and mozzarella salad)

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

This kid-friendly recipe is quick and easy for young cooks to prepare with just a little help from an adult.

Number of servings

Serves 5


·         8 ounces fresh part-skim mozzarella balls, about 15 balls

·         8 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes, about 10 tomatoes

·         10 large fresh basil leaves

·         10 fun party picks or any long toothpicks

·         Balsamic vinegar (optional)


Cut each mozzarella ball in half. Set aside. Then cut the tomatoes in half and set them aside too. Tear each basil leaf into 3 or 4 pieces.

Stick the sharp end of a pick through one basil leaf. Then add a tomato half to the pick. After that, add half a mozzarella ball. Repeat by adding another tomato half, followed by another mozzarella half and finish with one more tomato half. Fill 9 more toothpicks in this way.

Eat as is or sprinkle a little vinegar on first.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size :2 items

·         Total carbohydrate 3 g

·         Dietary fiber 0.6 g

·         Sodium 284 mg

·         Saturated fat 5 g

·         Total fat 7 g

·         Trans fat 0

·         Cholesterol 23 mg

·         Protein 12 g

·         Monounsaturated fat 2 g

·         Calories 123

·         Sugars 0

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