Light Italian Dishes

Written by Alexa Nota, O2 Fitness @ North Chatham

Many of us love Italian food, but often the traditional carb-loaded, cheesy, meaty and saucy dishes aren’t exactly compatible with healthy eating habits. Not all Italian food has to be so heavy, however. Two of my favorite cool, light and healthy dishes are bruschetta, versions of which you can find at most Italian restaurants, and melon with prosciutto. Both are delicious and quick and easy to make as appetizers or small midday meals.


  • 1 package grape or cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/8 cup dried basil
  • 3/4 cup light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

*Mix and serve cold with toasted baguette slices or pita chips.


Prosciutto and Melon

  • One cantaloupe, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 package prosciutto, cut into 1 inch-wide strips
  • Toothpicks

*Wrap one strip of prosciutto around each piece of cantaloupe and hold in place with toothpicks. Serve cold.

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