Berry Caprese Bruschetta

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Berry Caprese Bruschetta is a perfect

summer appetizer with berries in season. . .

Perfectly Patriotic too with the red, white & blue

from the strawberries, mozzarella and blueberries!

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I adapted Southern Living’s recipe for Strawberry Caprese Salad to celebrate the Red, White and Blueberry! The addition of the blueberries adds a little sweetness and color just in time for your July 4th celebration.

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Quick and easy to throw together with an hour or two of chilling time to allow the flavors to meld.

Slice and grill or toast a baguette and serve with a bowl of your berry-mozzarella medley and let your guests help themselves!

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Ingredients

3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 small garlic clove, minced (I omitted and used a garlic pepper seasoning blend instead)
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 (8-oz.) tub fresh perline “pearl-size” mozzarella cheese balls
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 cups fresh blueberries

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Preparation

Whisk together white balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, brown sugar, salt, and freshly ground pepper in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth.

Add 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil and mozzarella cheese balls; toss to coat. Cover and chill 2 hours. (I was impatient and hungry and only chilled mine an hour :)

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Stir in strawberries; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with toasted French bread baguette slices.

Garnish with additional thinly sliced fresh basil.

You can find the original recipe from Southern Living here.

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  32 comments for “Berry Caprese Bruschetta

  1. June 21, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Oh, this looks wonderful and the only thing that would make this better is a good cuppa coffee!!! Take Care and God Bless :-) Kenny T

  2. June 21, 2013 at 7:58 am

    This looks like a great lakeside treat, Mary. And the presentation is lovely, too! Thanks for sharing. I need to get caught-up on my Southern Living reading! I haven’t read a magazine in a month.

    xo,
    RJ

  3. June 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I will do this for our family beach trip. Thank you for ideas. I like your cute towel and napkins. Also cute mini flags.

  4. June 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

    i have never seen those pearls, they certainly are perfect for this berry trio! i love all those flavors melded together, another stellar day at home is where the boat is :-)

  5. Kim
    June 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Oh, that looks really good. Never heard of this combination.

  6. June 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful! A combination I have not thought of but being I am a crostini fanatic, this I must try. Thanks!

  7. Peggy thal
    June 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Looks fresh, colorful and delicious ! Perfect for 4th of July. I will have to try it for my guests. Thank you.

  8. Franki
    June 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    DEEEELISH!! franki

  9. June 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I think I could just eat a bowl of that, Mary, and be happy! I’ve never bought the little mozzarella balls, but they’re the perfect touch.

  10. June 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    This is so refreshing and colorful…Perfect for the upcoming picnic season! Our local KTA supermarket carries the little mozzarella balls (both plain or marinated in pesto!) – I have used the pesto ones in the past served on bamboo skewers with ripe grape tomatoes and basil leaves in between.

  11. June 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Oh Mary, You have such a creative hand in your food presentation. Everything looks so delicious and patriotic. We’ve been eating a lot of fresh fruit this spring and I am going to try your recipes. Great post.
    Happy Summer!

  12. June 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Mary,

    I love your pretty post today. :) I especially like your table runner (or maybe placemat?) and napkins; they’re so patriotic! This recipe looks gorgeous and sounds delicious. I love caprese salad, berries, and bruschetta, so what’s not to love here? :-D

    Thanks for sharing Mary, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend by the lake. Happy Summer to you!

    Denise

  13. June 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    The baby mozzarella is adorable Mary! I’d love one (or two…) of these with a nice cool drink over-looking the water! Have one for me-okay??? Happy Weekend:@)

  14. June 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I absolutely love the cheesey caprese part. As is becoming entirely too usual, I’m pinning this. I think I need to start a board called ” The Boat is Where the Food Is.”.

  15. June 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Mary, what a beautiful bruschetta. I’m so used to the original and I’m ready for something a little different. I bet the fresh mozzarella tastes delicious with the berries. LOVE IT!

  16. June 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    It looks so pretty, the way you presented it, Mary!
    Our blueberries aren’t that sweet…I always have to add something to them or they make ya’ pucker!

    Thanks for sharing a very different take on an old standby.

  17. Rattlebridge Farm
    June 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Your bruschetta deserves a five-star salute! Beautiful, fresh, and peppy, the perfect touch for July 4th weekend. Looking forward to Pistoulet!

  18. June 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    What a fabulous take on another type of Caprese salad…Looks so wonderfully refreshing and a great dish for the 4th!…Your presentation is always spectacular!!

  19. July 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I love this…pretty and yummy! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!…hugs…Debbie

  20. July 8, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Congrats, your recipe is being featured in a Blueberry Round up. I will also be pinning and tweeting it this week too.

  21. June 11, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Looks delicious. I hope to see you at My Dream Canvas :)

  22. May 14, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Mary, Three cheers for your red, white and blue berry caprese! This looks beautiful and sounds delicious. My family will love it and I’m definitely making it for our Memorial Day picnic! Linda

  23. sign4baby
    May 19, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    My mouth is watering thinking about the combination of flavors in your berry caprese! You’re incredibly creative and now that I’ve poked around some, I’m subscribed to your emails ; ) Looking forward to more of your inspirations!

Thanks for your comments~ they make my day :)

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