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Caprese Salad Stacks with Creamy Pesto Dressing

Dairy Dairy
6 Servings Serving Icon
30 Minutes Preferences Icon

A classic Caprese salad served in a creative fashion. It tastes out of this world. Yields 12 skewers.


Prepare the Croutons


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).


Combine the olive oil and spices in a nine- by 13-inch (20- by 30-centimeter) baking pan. Add bread cubes and toss to coat.


Bake for 10 minutes on the center rack of your oven. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake an additional five minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.


The croutons will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to a week.

Prepare the Dressing


Place all ingredients in a blender or blend with an immersion blender.

To Assemble


Drizzle some creamy pesto dressing on a plate. Place a crouton on a flat surface. Place a tomato half, cut side up, on top.


Next place a mozzarella ball on top and then add a second tomato half, cut side down. Stick a skewer through the center of the stack.


Place desired number of skewers on each plate and drizzle with more dressing.


For homemade pesto, combine the following in a food processor fitted with the S-blade: one and 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, 1 cup olive oil, 1 and 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 4 cloves garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar.


Refrigerate the extra pesto sauce and dressing and use for salads or as a dipping sauce.


Photography: Moishe Wulliger

Food Styling: Renee Muller