Here's my twist on the classic tomato salad. When you skewer perfect, flavorful cherry tomatoes and bite-sized mozzarella bocconcini (little balls) and serve them with spicy Bloody Mary Vinaigrette, you get a salad takeoff that is simple, dramatic, delicious and nearly instant.
½ tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2 Celery Hearts (3 Tbsp, finely diced)
32 Fresh Mozzarella Bocconcini
32 Cherry Tomatoes
½ Cup Bloody Mary Mix
2 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
32 Large Basil Leaves (washed and dried)
8 Wooden Skewers (10-inch)
For The Vinaigrette
In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.
For The Skewers
Thread the mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves on the skewers, alternating them and using 4 of each per skewer. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
For The Salad
Arrange two skewers on each of four salad plates and drizzle the skewers with the vinaigrette. You can also arrange all the skewers on a big platter and pour the vinaigrette into a small bowl for dipping.
Cat's Note: Some Bloody Mary mixes are saltier and spicier than others; be sure to taste before adding any more salt or pepper.
If you're interested in more skewer recipes, check out this Salmon and Scallop Skewer recipe here.