Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers
Yield: Six Servings

Ingredients
2 Tbsp.      Greek Taverna Blend
2 Tbsp.      Water
2 Tbsp.      Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp.      Honey
1/4 Cup     Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup     Olive Oil

As Needed     6 Inch Skewers
1 Pint              Cherry Tomatoes
1 Bunch          Basil – Torn into 1 Inch Pieces
1 Log               Fresh Mozzarella – Sliced & Cut into Cubes
As Needed     Cracked Black Pepper

Procedure
1. Mix the Greek Taverna Blend and water together in a mixing bowl.
2. Mix in the Dijon mustard, honey and balsamic vinegar.
3. Whisk well.
4. While whisking, slowly add the oil until combined.
5. Set the dressing aside.
6. Prepare the skewers by adding a cube of fresh mozzarella, followed by a basil leaf, followed by a cherry tomato.
7. Drizzle a little of the balsamic vinaigrette over the the skewers.
8. Top with some fresh cracked black pepper.

Farmer’s Market Salad with Balsamic Greek Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 Servings

It’s Farmer’s Market season and there are many good finds to be found.  Strawberries, raspberries, many assortments of lettuces, wildflower honey, and even farm stand cheeses.  Find a market close to you and enjoy the extraordinary selection of produce and other goods.

Greek Balsamic Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette Ingredients
2 Tbsp.       Hartz Greek Taverna Blend
2 Tbsp.       Water
1 Tbsp.       Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp.       Honey
1/4 Cup      Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup      Olive Oil

Vinaigrette Procedure
1. In a small bowl combine the Greek Taverna Blend with the water.  Set aside for a couple of minutes.
2. In a blender add the spice and water mixture, Dijon, honey, and balsamic vinegar.
3. Place the lid on the blender and turn on high.
4. While the blender is still running slowly add the oil through the center of the lid to emulsify the dressing.

Salad Ingredients
8 Cups     Fresh Lettuce (Such as Arugula, Lola Rosa, Bib, and / or Mixed Greens)
1/2 Cup   Toasted Pine Nuts
1 Pint       Fresh Strawberries (Such as Hoods) – Quartered
1/2 Pint   Fresh Raspberries
1/2 Cup    Diced Fresh Mango
1/2 Cup    Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese

Salad Procedure
1. Toss the lettuce with some of the vinaigrette.
2. Top with the pine nuts, strawberries, raspberries, mango, and Gorgonzola cheese.
3. Serve and enjoy.

Note
* Add grilled chicken dusted with Hartz Moroccan Moorish Blend for a more substantial salad.