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The summer heat calls for light meal options. Try out our delicious and unique caprese salad recipes for your next meal-in, or gathering with family and friends! These dishes can be made in a matter of minutes, and are sure to be a fan favorite: 

(Hint: All of these ingredients can be found in our store, too!)

The traditional Caprese Salad:

  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Burrata or fresh mozzarella
  • Cracked pepper
  • Acetum blaze glaze, drizzled
  • Add either: Fresh basil, truffle salt and extra virgin olive oil -or- Villa Russo homemade pesto, drizzled onto salad
  • Serve with French Bread, sliced or crostini

 

Caprese di Frutta:

  • Peaches, sliced
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Burrata or fresh mozzarella pearls
  • Cracked pepper
  • BLiS Tahitian Vanilla Infused Fleur de Sel sea salt
  • Acetum blaze glaze, drizzled
  • Fresh basil
  • Extra virgin olive oil

 

Spiedini Caprese:

  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Fresh mozzarella pearls
  • Fresh basil
  • Truffle salt, lightly sprinkled
  • Acetum blaze glaze, drizzled
  • Skewers
  • Optional: Villa Russo homemade wine & cheese sausage

 

Pasta Caprese:

  • Farfalle pasta
  • Portobello mushrooms, sautéed in Riesling or Pinot Grigio, olive oil and onions
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Burrata or fresh mozzarella
  • Cracked pepper
  • Acetum blaze glaze
  • Add either: Fresh basil, truffle salt and extra virgin olive oil -or- Villa Russo homemade pesto, drizzled onto salad

Cooking Instructions:

  • Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  • In a food processor combine the first 6 ingredients and process until smooth. This is the pesto sauce. 
  • Combine the cooked pasta with the pesto, tomatoes and mozzarella. Serve chilled.

 

Caprese Pizza:

  • Villa Russo traditional pizza dough
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Burrata or fresh mozzarella
  • Cracked pepper
  • Acetum blaze glaze, drizzled
  • Roasted garlic cloves
  • Add either: Fresh basil, truffle salt and light extra virgin olive oil -or- Villa Russo homemade pesto, drizzled or used as base sauce

Our expert wino, Dave Russo, also recommends pairing these fresh salads with a glass of (2015) Stefano Massone Massera, Gavi, wine. Russo says, “This is a gorgeous, textured white; laced with perfumed apricots, peaches, mint and flowers. This soft, caressing Gavi shows wonderful finesse in a soft, generous style that has a nice mineral-like finish.”

For more delicious food and drink recipes, visit our blog page. For updates on our expansion to downtown Grand Rapids, visit: russosgr.com/downtown.