Summer is finally here in Northern California but the really juicy tomatoes are still about a month away. What to do in the meantime when you’re craving (as we are) at bit of last year’s Italian vacation? Insalata caprese on a stick is fast, easy and delicious.
At this time of year, cherry tomatoes provide the best punch of tomato flavor (unlike the large, watery varieties in the stores). Pair them with a whole basil leaf and a small mozzarella ball (called boccocini) and voila…portable caprese salads that make a great walk-around appetizer for your guests!
We served these at our annual sangria party a few weeks ago and they were a big hit. We provided extra virgin olive oil for drizzling (oil poured over the whole platter makes a huge mess by the way), a pepper grinder and fleur de sel (de Camargue) for guests to make their own salads on the fly.