Summer time calls for simple healthy salads packed with flavor.  One favorite is the Caprese salad, with slices of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. This salad is typically served on a plate and can serve a couple of people. Instead of the usual salad, I've come up with a twist on this classic- Caprese Skewers. I used cherry tomatoes, and fresh pearls or mozzarella with a wooden skewer poked through each of them.  I then laid them skewers on a plate with a small stream of balsamic vinegar. I left out the fresh basil, but you can always add it in between the tomatoes and cheese.

These caprese skewers would make a great afternoon snack or tasty appetizer for book club.  They are so easy, your kids could help you make them too.

To make a plate of these you will need:

1 container of cherry tomatoes

1 package of fresh Mozzarella Pearls (small pieces of mozzarella)

1 package of wooden skewers

Balsamic Vinegar for garnish


Take 1 skewer and poke it through a tomato, about half way down the skewer, then poke through a couple of pieces of mozzarella. Alternate until you come to the end of the skewer.  You can start with cheese instead of the tomato. This will give you a bit more visual interest on a platter if you are serving them at a party. The best thing about these is you can make as many or as few as you'd like.

Party for one- make yourself up a couple to go with some fresh brewed iced tea.  Hosting the girls for an afternoon- make up a platter. They will go fast.