Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Grilled Cheese Crouton Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette


Have you ever wondered what makes a grilled cheese sandwich so delicious? Could it be the rich buttery taste of the bread? Maybe the creaminess of the melted mozzarella cheese? Or, could it be the crispy texture of the formation of the bread into toast? Maybe even add a splash of color and a bolt of bold flavor with a creamy pesto spread. Let's just say it is all of the above.

Now, pair that delicious grilled cheese sandwich with a pesto vinaigrette, cherry tomatoes and transform the sandwich into croutons. You now have a different spin on an Italian Caprese salad, which is traditionally compiled of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil. Check, Check and.... Check.

Grilled Cheese Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette
What You'll Need:

4 slices Wheat Bread or Spelt Bread
Butter for pan
Pesto Sauce
1 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
Grape Tomatoes
6 slices Mozzarella Cheese
Salt & Pepper

Directions:
Place 1 tsp. butter in hot pan and swirl around to melt
In the meantime, spread pesto on 2 slices of bread
Place 3 slices of mozzarella cheese on 1 slice of bread and place other slice of bread (pesto side down) on mozzarella
Place on pan and press down with spatula, cooking for a few minutes on each side, making sure not to burn.
Make 1 more sandwich
In the meantime, cut in half a few handfuls of grape tomatoes and toss in bowl
Mix together 1 tbsp pesto with 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and whisk together with fork and add to bowl
Cut up sandwiches into small, bite size pieces and add to bowl
Add a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper
Combine ingredients and serve

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