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Recipe: Grilled caprese salad

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 of 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. - Joelen Tan

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.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Joelen Tan of What's Cookin, Chicago?

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