Sometimes the simplest recipes are the prettiest.
These are California Caprese skewers. Basically, anything I add avocado to becomes a ‘California something’…we Californians get excited about three things: rain, avocados and and when water falls from the sky. Some would argue that ‘In and Out Burger’ should be on that list…but I disagree. I might just get kicked out of California for saying that.
The ‘skewers’ are actually rosemary I cut from from my garden. Yes, I actually succeeded at growing something! It is almost impossible to kill and is drought resistant. Even I can grow it. I strip the stem by pushing the rosemary needles from the bottom to the top, leaving an inch or so of rosemary at the top of the skewer.
Then I poke the tomatoes with a toothpick and slide the tomatoes on the skewers alternating with mozzarella and avocado.
Lastly, I generously drizzle the whole shebang with balsamic glaze and garnish with chopped basil! So easy and no cooking!
Gorgeous, simple and good for you!
The Recipe: California Caprese
Tips and what you will need: use a toothpick to pierce tomatoes before sliding on skewers. You will need balsamic glaze (affiliate link) which is a thick, syrupy balsamic vinegar. Regular balsamic won’t ‘stick’. I love the look of this appetizer on a simple white platter! (affiliate link)
- 15 Rosemary Skewers
- 15 red cherry tomatoes
- 15 yellow cherry tomatoes
- 1-2 ripe avocados diced
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese packed in water diced
- balsamic glaze
- 10 basil leaves chopped
Strip rosemary stems to make skewers. Pierce tomatoes with toothpick. Slide tomatoes, cheese, avocados onto skewers. Drizzle generously with balsamic glaze and garnish with chopped basil. You could also choose to slide a couple of basil leaves onto skewers.
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I love that you used the Rosemary as the skewers, what a great idea! Thanks.
Those are so pretty and colorful! Love it! Don’t know if my kids would eat them, but I definitely would. 🙂 And yes the rain yesterday was wonderful!
I love your first sentence- sometimes the simplest ones are the prettiest! Yours is definitely beautiful.
Thank you Camille!
I love that this simple dish is pretty and delicious!
These are so beautiful! I want some for lunch, I wish I had the ingredients on hand, I’m going to have to get some fresh mozzarella soon!
Yummy! These look so simple and amazingly delicious! I love fresh yummy food!!
This is too beautiful to eat!
Just beautiful! I grow rosemary well, too. Ahem. And lavender, and grapes… the things that don’t need water, and love our pour soil. Thankfully there are such plants. I completely agree with you about IAOB. I won’t even write out the words. Thanks for bringing back dignity to CA. NO fast food burgers, please; just caprese skewers!
Lol…it took me a few seconds to figure out IAOB! You are welcome, only grass fed burgers here!
Can you go wrong with fresh tomatoes, avocados, and chunks of mozzarella? I think not. Delish!
What a brilliant idea to use rosemary for the skewers! I bet that makes the sensory experience of eating them all the better since you’re smelling the rosemary the whole time. 🙂
Tomato and cheese? What is not to like! YUM! This looks so delicious
These are so pretty. Well plated and really quite genius to use the rosemary as the skewer.