This salad appealed to me on many different levels. First, we were having some friends over for an "appetizer" dinner, kindof.... On occasion we get together for an evening of simple food, wine and conversation so I needed an easy to do appetizer salad to serve.
It had to involve basil since it was flourishing and needed trimmed. This was new for me, the herbs at my house are finally having a great year. I have been happily pinching, watering and loving my basil! Normally, my basil plants do not flourish. The grasshoppers always enjoy the basil more than I do! Not this year!
And, it was hot so I didn't want to heat up the kitchen! I had seen this simple appetizer at Aimee's blog from Chapel Hill to Chickenville and knew that it would be perfect.
Summer Fresh Caprese Salad
Small cherry tomatoes (I used some beautiful grape tomatoes)
Extra virgin olive oil
Toothpicks or small skewers
Slice the mozzarella into cubes making the cubes close in size to the tomatoes. Pull the leaves of basil from the stems. Fold larger leave over when you skewer them. Selecting leaves that you do not have to cut down makes a "prettier" salad. Thread each skewer with a tomato, a chunk of cheese and a basil leaf and repeat. Leave enough skewer showing at each end so that they can be handled easily.
Place the completed skewers on a platter. Drizzle the appetizer lightly with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Taste to adjust the dressing.
These were the perfect summertime fresh and tasty salad appetizer! Your guests will thank you! The pictures were taken prior to the dressing being added...I made them ahead and preferred to drizzle the dressing just before serving.