Monday, June 13, 2011

Grilled Caprese Salad

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 Everything's better on a stick, right?! When I was planning my Tuscan Grill Party menu, I knew I wanted to have caprese salad included. There's just so many ways to present a traditional caprese salad but I was looking for something a bit different or unique. Since it is a grill party after all, I was glad to come across this recipe for Grilled Caprese Salad. This was a fun spin on the recipe were the components are skewered, grilled and then eaten off the stick. Or for those that prefer, taken off the skewer and eaten like a panzanella (Italian bread salad). If you're looking for an interesting way to combine salad and skewers, this would be it!...

I came across this recipe from Whole Foods. Not only are they one of my favorite places to shop for interesting and special ingredients, they happen to have a nice selection of recipes on their website. To make these skewers, it's pretty easy. Bread cubes, tomatoes (chopped, cherry or grape tomatoes work well) and cubes o f fresh mozzarella cheese are skewered and brushed with olive oil. After a few minutes on the grill to just lightly toast the bread and slightly warm the cheese, they're plated and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with fresh chopped basil. So easy and perfect for an outdoor party!


Grilled Caprese Salad
recipe from Whole Foods

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing
2 pints cherry tomatoes
1 (12-ounce) container fresh mozzarella, drained and cut into (1-inch) chunks
1/2 loaf ciabatta bread, cut into (1-inch) cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
1/2 cup basil leaves


Grease grates with oil then preheat grill to medium heat. Meanwhile, alternating ingredients, thread tomatoes, mozzarella and bread onto skewers, brush all over with oil and season with salt and pepper.

Grill skewers, turning once, until cheese is just melted and bread is toasted, 2 to 3 minutes total. Transfer to a platter, drizzle with vinegar , garnish with basil and serve.

5 comments:

Spryte said...

Those sound amazing!! I would never think that you could grill mozzarella!

Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini said...

These sound and look fabulous! I have a cookout planned for the 4th and am definitely adding these to it!

sweethomeamy.com said...

These look so delicious! I would have never thought to put all those ingredients on a skewer...thanks for sharing!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

What an amazing idea! These looks so terrific!

Heidi said...

This sounds perfect for a little thing I have my planned with my best friend as a wrap up for her wedding! Thanks so much for posting this, she's gonna love it!

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