I brought a few things home from our Europe trip a few years ago (and again this past week)… a few extra lbs, some shoes, and a major love for Melon Caprese Skewers!
There are a few constants while in any country in Europe during the summer months – I always have an Aperol Sprtiz before dinner. We get pizza and gelato at least twice a day. And a melon and prosciutto appetizer always appears at dinner. It’s the perfect combo of salty and sweet and I’ve been making these Melon Caprese Skewers on repeat since coming home.
Seeing as how summer is upon us, and it’s all about entertaining, I turned our favorite appetizer into a bite sized snack that you can make, bring, serve, devour all summer long. 3 kinds of melon, honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon skewered with fresh mozzarella and salty prosciutto and then drizzled with basil vinaigrette. What more could you ask for? These Melon Caprese Skewers are beyond simple!
Use a melon scooper or a small ice cream scoop to form the melon balls and then you’re ready to go! Or skip the skewers and just make a really killer melon ball and mozzarella salad with a drizzle of the vinaigrette!
What you’ll need:
Melon Caprese Skewers
- 1/2 cup Basil Vinaigrette (recipe below)
- 1 small cantaloupe scooped into balls
- 1 small honeydew scooped into balls
- 1 small seedless watermelon scooped into balls
- 20 fresh water-packed mozzarella balls drained
- 10 thin slices prosciutto cut in half lengthwise, gathered into ruffle
- Small wooden skewers about 4-6 inches long
- Maldon sea salt
- Freshly cracked black pepper
For the basil vinaigrette
- 1 shallot roughly chopped
- 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves stems removed (about 4 ounces)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Thread an assortment of the ingredients on the skewer – melon ball, basil leaf, mozzarella ball, ruffled prosciutto etc.
- Arrange skewers on platter. Drizzle with basil vinaigrette and sprinkle with maldon sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking
Yum! What a great summer snack!
OMG. This is such a cute idea! I love this healthy, delicious appetizer! Even kids will love this!
Yes indeed why not get the kids to make them, even better!
So So cute! Love this idea!
These are perfect for so many entertaining purposes.
These skewers are perfect for every entertaining event!!
these are SO pretty Gaby- love them!
What a nice, cool and refreshing summer treat!
This sounds yummy! I would like to make this for a progressive dinner. It sounds like something I can make ahead and keep fresh for an hour or two before it is our turn. Any suggestions? Thank you for the great idea! -Lori
yes, making it an hour or so ahead of time is perfect!
I’d like to serve these as an appetizer at an upcoming wedding. Do you think that the melons could be scooped ahead of time and possibly frozen to reduce the amount of prep time the day of? Thanks!
They could certainly be scooped ahead of time but freezing them won’t work. Melon is funny like that!
YUM! These skewers are bursting with summer flavors!
Perfect summer snack!
Great inviting photos ! Thank you so much !
These look almost too beautiful to eat!!! Perfect for a nice summer evening!
Can you tell me how many skewers does this make?
depends on the size of your skewer!! Usually 15-20
I forgot the shallot for the vinaigrette. I am wondering if i need to redo?????
you could just add it in later! or skip it! either or
Oh my – summer goodness on the way!!! These are so pretty and will be delicious!
So colorful and full of flavor! The perfect summer appetizer!
My favorite summer treat!
How do you make the Basil vinaigrette?
I served this with Korean BBQ and potato salad. It was an absolute hit and everyone asked for the recipe. I plan on making it on a regular basis in the summer time, even my kids loved it!
Simple yet a crowd pleaser !!
I found this recipe on the blog created by the EnglishRoom and it looked delicious. The recipe says it serves ten and I was wondering how many skewers this allowed per person. Thank you.
really depends on the size of your skewer! I usually do 2-3 per person