For a outdoor garden party what better way to say “summer has arrived” than tomato, mozzarella, basil and sweet balsamic glaze salad? I ended up making 30 skewers – not one was left!
To serve this as an appetizer I decided to go mini-size on a skewer. However, with the summer tomatoes around the corner this Salad will be making an appearance on my dinner table with sliced Brandywine Tomatoes, I have 6 plants growing in the garden and it is one of my favorite varieties of Tomatoes. If you don’t grow your own tomatoes, try, try, try to find Heirloom Varieties at your grocery store. Once you try one, you will be hooked! Yes, they really are that much better tasting!!
- Mini – Mozzarella Balls in water
- Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
- Basil leaves
- Balsamic Vinegar (I use entire bottle and reserve extra to use throughout the next few weeks)
- Olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
Place in whatever order that suits you, adding one mozzarella ball, tomato and bail leaf on a mini – skewer. Lay out on a attractive plate, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Reserve in refrigerator.
Meanwhile add Balsamic Vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to boil for 20 minutes. Vinegar will reduce and thicken.
Cool completely before drizzling over skewers. Add any extra vinegar to container and store in refrigerator.