Bocconcini & Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe

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If you had to capture summer in a salad, this would be it. Mozzarella pearls are infused with a sweet and tangy marinade, then placed on a bed of tender greens alongside fresh sliced strawberries and drizzled with the homemade vinaigrette.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + marinating
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + marinating
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup walnut oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) bocconcini (fresh mozzarella balls), drained and sliced
  • 48 slices French bread baguette (1/4 inch thick)
  • 12 fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 3 cups spring mix salad greens

Nutritional Facts

1 appetizer equals 36 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 32 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Pour 1/3 cup into a small resealable plastic bag. Add the cheese; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining vinaigrette.
  2. Meanwhile, place baguette slices on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until crisp. Drain and discard marinade from cheese. Combine marinated cheese and strawberries.
  3. Top toasts with salad greens and cheese mixture; drizzle with reserved vinaigrette. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Bocconcini & Strawberry Bruschetta in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p221

Nutritional Facts

1 appetizer equals 36 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 32 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

This recipe pairs well with a light white wine.

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