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Valentine's Day Salad

Fourth Grade Valentine's Day Activities: Valentine's Day Salad

Instead of focusing on sweet treats this Valentine's Day, show your child how to make this tasty savory dish that's full of color, fresh flavors, and heart-healthy ingredients. Insalata Caprese, or salad in the style of Capri, is a simple dish from the Campania region of Italy. Here your child can add a Valentine's Day touch to this traditional salad by cutting the mozzarella into heart-shaped slices!

What You Need:

  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Good quality balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

What You Do:

  1. Have your child cut the mozzarella into 1/4” thick slices. Use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes from each slice. Wrap and refrigerate the scraps of cheese for snacking on later.
  2. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4” thick slices. Try to use tomatoes that are about the same size around as the mozzarella for a more attractive presentation.
  3. Ask your child to layer the mozzarella, tomato, and basil on a platter.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!

What a festive and delicious way to start off any Valentine’s Day meal!  

Updated on Mar 28, 2013
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