RECIPE: Tomato and Basil Salad


I used to tear up Caprese salads, any time I was at an Italian restaurant. I would kick off my carb-laden meal with a tower of thick, creamy buffalo mozzarella slices and tomatoes.  Because the Caprese salad was listed under the “salad” section of the menu, I though I was being super healthy to precede my fat-filled fettuccini alfredo dish (which by the way is not on a single menu in Italy!)  with a”salad” and  being cheese’s biggest fan, this was a “win-win’ for me!

Thankfully, I now know we have a bit of a “portion problem” in America, and no one needs to eat a 1/2 pound of mozzarella in a single sitting, even if it’s flanked with tomatoes and basil leaves….especially if that’s not to be the main course!

So skip the mozzarella, and soak up the high quality olive oil and basalmic vinegar with fresh basil and tomatoes. It is truly delicious sans fromaggio!

That way there’s room for a little gelato 😉


Slice one large, ripe, organic, heirloom tomato

atop fresh basil leaves

a dash of sea salt

drizzle with olive oil and basalmic vinegar



This dish is so beautiful, you should strut it around your block parties and BarBQs!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

2 thoughts on “RECIPE: Tomato and Basil Salad

  1. Interestingly enough, one summer, I did take this to a pitch-in picnic. It went over great! Highly recommend it as it is super easy to put together! I was a bit nervous to take it and was happy that people indeed liked it! I mean, we like it, but I didn’t know about others!

    1. I think there’s nothing tastier than a homegrown summer tomato, and fortunately I think many others agree regardless of dietary habits! It’s almost like they are still an American tradition! Glad yours was a success!!

      Thanks for reading!


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