Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil skewers

What do you take to a summer picnic, especially when it’s too hot to cook? These tomato, watermelon, & basil skewers, of course! They are so easy and delicious, and they are devoured in minutes whenever I take them to a party! Enjoy!

Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil skewers
Adapted from “Giada’s Kitchen: New Italian Favorites”
Serves 8 (2 skewers per serving)

1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar (or 1/2 cup regular balsamic vinegar, reduced to 1/4 cup)
1 small seedless watermelon (need about 1/2 of the melon to make cubes)
48 small basil leaves (or torn larger leaves)
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
olive oil (in a misto or simliar product)
coarse kosher salt

Equipment: 16 6-inch wood skewers

1. If using regular balsamic vinegar, add 1/2 cup vinegar to small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, and reduce liquid by 1/2. Set aside to cool.

2. Cube watermelon into 1.5 inch cubes. Assemble the skewers by pushing a basil leaf to the end of one skewer. Then skewer a cube of melon, then a tomato half. Continue with another watermelon cube, basil leaf, and tomato half, ending with a basil leaf. Repeat to make 15 more skewers.

3. Spritz the skewers with olive oil (from a misto), then drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 31.5
Total Fat: 0.5 g
Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 41.0 mg
Potassium: 138.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 6.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g
Sugars: 5.4 g
Protein: 0.6 g


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