Caprese Salad Bites
by Keleigh May on June 26th, 2014

Caprese Salad Bite Skewer
  • Fresh Cherry or Grape Tomatoes 
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fesh mozzarella cheese
  • Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Directions:

Using a toothpick, skewer all ingredients. If you have a larger leaf of basil fold in half then skewer. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil and serve. 

Same Salad, 2 Ways!

Stuffed Caprese Salad Bites
  • Fresh Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For Pesto
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed garlic
Directions:

In a food processor, blend all ingredients of pesto until a smooth consistency is reached. 
Here is what the finished pesto will look like. Note: This step can easily be omitted by using store bought pesto if desired. 
Wash tomatoes, cut the top off and scoop out the inside of the tomato.
Stuff tomato with pesto.
Stuff with a small wedge of mozzarella cheese. If you cut into a small triangle it fits in the tomato nicely. 
Arrange on a serving plate and drizzle with balsamic vinegar glaze and extra virgin olive oil. 

B.M.T Bites Anyone? (B.asil, M.ozzarella and T.omato)

First time I made the caprese salad bites, I was hosting a bridal shower for a gluten free bride. I was serving appetizers and desserts, bite sized treats if you will, and had to think outisde the box as most appetizers, desserts (well let's be honest, most things I eat) had gluten in them. This was the perfect salad, because there was no need for a plate or silverware making cleanup a breeze (victory) and had zero gluten. A couple nights ago I noticed my basil plant was growing out of control, so I needed to think of a way to use my delicious herb before it went to waste. I made a makeshift pesto using ingredients I had, and decided to stuff the tomatoes with the homemade pesto. Making pesto requires way more basil then just the one leaf each the caprese salad bites need, and being that I had a surplus of basil, pesto was the way to go. Almost the same ingredients, just served in a new way. Joe thought they were awesome, and quickly asked if I would make him some moreA. Have an overgrown basil plant, or just looking for a quick gluten free appetizer, well look no further because, where there's a meal, there's a way!
A photo of the Caprese Salad Bites from the gluten free bridal shower I threw.
Aren't they beautiful!?!


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