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Seasonal Skewers

August 25, 2009

Hopefully yesterday’s post, Nutritioulicious Cocktail Parties, got you in the mood to do some cooking or throw a party yourself! As I mentioned, it’s important to have a variety of hors d’oeuvres to serve in order to give your guests nutritional balance. And to make these nutritional bites delicious, it’s great to use seasonal ingredients when possible. Luckily, summer is a great season to throw a party! There is so much fresh, flavorful produce around, and it can really inspire you to make unique pairings, like these Watermelon-Feta-Tomato Skewers with Aged Balsamic.

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I’ll never forget the first time I had watermelon, tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar combined. It was at a NY City restaurant week lunch about 5 years ago, and it caught my eye right away because I love watermelon. The flavor combination was incredible. I decided to recreate this experience with bite sized hors d’oeuvres for the party using our CSA cherry tomatoes and basil.

These skewers are very simple to make, as you can see below. I have not included amounts for the ingredients because it all depends on how many people you are having over. You can get a general sense of size from the picture above.

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon, diced
  • Feta cheese, cut into cubes
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Basil, torn into small pieces
  • Aged balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. Using sturdy toothpicks or half a kebab, skewer watermelon, feta, tomato halves, and basil.
  2. Once all the skewers are made and plated, drizzle aged balsamic on top and serve.

Once again, this is a light and refreshing addition to the menu, that provides your guests with balanced nutrition: protein and healthy fat from the feta, and vitamins and minerals from the watermelon, tomatoes, and basil.

What’s your favorite seasonal hors d’oeuvres or appetizer?

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    1. Absolutely! For the most part any cheese that you like will work, but I’d suggest goat cheese, mozzarella, or blue cheese for the best flavor combination. Enjoy!