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At this time of year, there’s one flavor combo that wins over every other. With seasonal tomatoes and basil, plus fresh mozzarella, you can’t beat a good Caprese salad in the middle of the summer. That is, until you try Caprese salad skewers with pesto and bacon.
To begin with, low carb tomato basil recipes are pretty big around here. I make them every chance I get! From Caprese stuffed avocado to Caprese crustless quiche to Caprese hasselback chicken, there are lots of reasons to celebrate tomato and basil season. (In fact, I love it so much that I occasionally make those recipes even at other times of year.)
It turns out, adding basil pesto and bacon to the combination of Caprese flavors makes them even better. Once you try this version of Caprese salad skewers, you’ll see what I mean.
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There are two simple things that make this Caprese salad skewers recipe even better. First of all, it’s food on a stick. Pretty much everything is better on a stick!
The second, and more important, reason is BACON. Obviously. Bacon makes everything better, like in this Mexican deviled egg recipe. Still, I was surprised at how perfectly it paired with the other flavors.
Adding bacon to take these tomato basil skewers over the top was fitting today, because it marks the second week of Bacon Month! If you’re wondering what that is, I’m sharing low carb bacon recipes on four Wednesdays this August, along with a group of other bloggers.
Check out the zucchini noodle salad with bacon and tomatoes from last week if you missed it – or if you want to make it again. 😉
Caprese salad skewers make the perfect cold low carb appetizer to make ahead. Being able to prep as much as possible in advance takes the stress out of hosting people at your house! That’s awesome anytime of year, but during the summer? It’s the best.
You can assemble the Caprese skewers entirely beforehand, if you want. Alternatively, for the freshest results, do almost everything ahead, except drizzle with pesto right before serving.
To make the bacon for this recipe with minimal effort, try this method for baking bacon from Low Carb Yum.
You’ll want to make these Caprese salad skewers if you’re wondering what to do with all your fresh basil this summer! You can use up a lot of it this way, if you need to, because the recipe uses fresh basil leaves and basil pesto. Why not make your own basil pesto as part of these little appetizers?
If you’d rather take the easy route and use a store bought basil pesto, that works, too. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone. 😉 And your Caprese skewers will still be amazing.
Caprese Salad Skewers with Pesto & Bacon (Tomato Basil Skewers):
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Caprese Salad Skewers with Pesto & Bacon (Tomato Basil Skewers)
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- Skewer the tomatoes, bacon pieces, fresh basil, and mozzarella balls onto the toothpicks, in that order. (You can fold any larger basil pieces as needed.)
- In a small bowl, whisk together the pesto and olive oil. If it's still thick, thin out with more oil.
- Drizzle the pesto over the skewers. Top with fresh ground pepper.
Serving size: 3 skewers
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
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