Easy Italian Salad Skewers

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The holidays can be so hectic, and I feel like I look for easy, no fuss, flavorful meals at this time of year more than any other. This recipe though, goes back almost a decade to when the Godfather and I were broke college sweethearts, then broke newlyweds and grad students. Date nights out were something we only enjoyed once in a while, so we planned many date nights in instead! We would cook dinner together, or if we were too tired, keep things simple and buy pizza then make a salad to pair.

This recipe is inspired by one of those date nights! We would often purchase California Pizza Kitchen thin crust pizzas. We didn’t live near a CPK restaurant, and the varieties were fun! Our favorites were the Thai Chicken Pizza and the Sicilian; you can imagine who preferred which. 😉 We were out running errands one day and started getting hungry. Instead of going out, especially since we had just gone grocery shopping the day before, we popped into Walmart and grabbed a thin crust Sicilian pizza out of the frozen section, then headed home to make one of our “date night in” meals for lunch!

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Here’s where you find the CPK products in the frozen pizza aisle.

While the pizza baked, I made a quick balsamic reduction and put together these beautiful easy italian salad skewers. They were the perfect pairing for the pizza! So flavorful, and the prosciutto and basil complimented the flavors of the pizza toppings so well. No wonder we never missed eating out when we were first married!

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You can buy balsamic glaze, but it’s very easy to make at home, and it keeps 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator, so you can use it more than once. It’s an easy way to dress up salads, sliced tomatoes, and all sorts of dishes! Make a double batch, put half in a pretty bottle, and you even have a great gift. That’s how we make the holiday’s even easier! 😉

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Easy Italian Salad Skewers

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18 -20 skewers
Author Goodie Godmother

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cittiglione fresh mozzarella
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 8 oz prosciutto
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir frequently until the sugar has dissolved and the glaze has reduced to the desired consistency (at least by half). This takes 10-15 minutes.
  2. Once the glaze has reached almost the desired thickness (it will thicken as it cools), remove from the heat and place in a glass container.
  3. To make the skewers, wash and pat dry the tomoatoes and basil. Drain the liquid from the fresh mozzarella. Cut each slice of prosciutto in half lengthwise.
  4. Make the skewers by threading one end of the prosciutto onto the skewer, adding a ball of mozzarella and a bit of basil, running the skewer through the prosciutto again, adding a tomato, the prosciutto, a bit of basil, the last bit of the prosciutto, and finishing off with a ball of mozzarella.
  5. You may make the skewers a few hours in advance and drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving.

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9 Comments on Easy Italian Salad Skewers

  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast
    March 2, 2016 at 4:42 pm (1 year ago)

    Yum! I just love fresh mozzarella. It would be so good combined with all these wonderful flavors!

    Reply
    • The Godmother
      March 16, 2016 at 10:44 pm (1 year ago)

      Fresh mozzarella is such a fabulous pairing cheese (if you don’t eat it first!) 😉

      Reply
  2. Rosanne
    December 17, 2015 at 2:24 am (2 years ago)

    Do you have the recipe for you “easy balsamic glaze”? I haven’t found a good one in the store yet. Thanks.

    Reply
    • Rosanne
      December 17, 2015 at 2:27 am (2 years ago)

      Never mind… I just saw it in the instructions for the glaze. I should get some sleep. LOL Happy holidays!

      Reply
      • The Godmother
        December 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm (2 years ago)

        HA! Not a problem! Happy holidays!

        Reply
  3. Jennifer
    December 15, 2015 at 5:01 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG Yes! I have to make these! And I feel ya on the date nights in… when the hubby went to med school we were only living on my salary and it was hard. There were many a nights with a frozen pizza watching a bootleg movie together. Thankfully med school is behind us now!

    Reply
    • The Godmother
      December 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

      It’s nice to be done with school, isn’t it? 😉 I love the memories from those “starting out” days, but I’m glad to feel a little more like an adult now (most of the time)

      Reply
  4. Erin
    December 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! What perfect little skewers of deliciousness. Do you think this recipe would be any good without the prosciutto? The hubs and daughter is a vegetarian much to my chagrin.

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    • The Godmother
      December 11, 2015 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Totally! The basil, tomato, and mozzarella blend with the glaze so beautifully you won’t miss the prosciutto at all.

      Reply

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