Thursday, August 23, 2018

Grilled Avocado Caprese Salad #recipe from Linda Wiken, author

It's still summer so I'm continuing with an easy, light and tasty salad theme. This one is a take on that Italian standby, a Caprese which uses tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls and balsamic vinegar. For my version, I've taken a recipe from Epicurious and added some extras.

However you choose to make it -- with fewer or  more ingredients -- it'll be delicious.  What I will add next time is some pesto and possibly, prosciuitto.

I used a white balsamic vinegar, a very sweet one I'd purchased from a vineyard in Italy -- I know, sweet memories! However, feel free to combine a darker balsamic .

This is also so healthy that I feel virtuous for the rest of the day. Great for lunch or an evening meal. My portions are for one serving. And, oh, so easy.

What you'll need:

6 Bocconcini sliced in half
1 avocado
6 small tomatoes, cherry or mini grape, also sliced in half
enough pesto for appearance and flavor
basil leaves, chiffonade (that's rolling them and then slicing)
balsamic vinegar
arugula or spring greens

What to do:

1. Wash arugula or spring greens and set aside. Preheat barbecue to medium.

2.  Slice avocado in half and scoop out shells. When grill is ready, grill avocado halves for approx. 6 minutes each side, or just enough to get grill marks.

3.  Remove and cool a few minutes before placing on a bed or arugula.

4.  Halve tomatoes and add to avocado, also add Bocconcini and sliced basil. Garnish with fresh parsley then drizzle balsamic vinegar over all.



It's now here --
Marinating in Murder, book #3
Recipes included!

Here's a taste of the reviews:     

Wiken’s third entry to the Dinner Club series is a clever twist on the classic whodunit… The book will have you guessing until the very end…. All in all, an intriguing read by Wiken.” – RT Reviews

"Foodies will love this book and this series. Great recipes are included as well....A fun romp of intrigue filled with foodie fun." -- Open Book Society

ROUX THE DAY,  the second  Dinner Club Mystery is available in paper and as an e-book. 
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TOASTING UP TROUBLE, the first in the Dinner Club Mysteries is available at your favorite bookstore and on-line, as a paperback and as an e-book.  
Recipes included!

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  1. What a yummy sounding salad! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  2. Caprese salad is one of my favorites, and I love the addition of a grilled avacado - YUM! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. How pretty! And tasty,too.

    1. I've been thinking about this.
      How does one manage an avocado without a peel on the grill? Sounds rather problematic.

  4. I love the colors. Looks light & tasty.