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    Appetizer Pesto Salad Kebabs

    Appetizer Pesto Salad Kebabs. Photo by Zurie

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    5 mins

    Zurie's Note:

    A great summery appetizer! We enjoyed a similar salad as a light lunch at the restaurant of a wine farm near Robertson the Western Cape Province, and ever since I've been imitating it. Of course small soft mozzarella balls (bocconcini) are preferable, as is home-made pesto, but let's face it, these real deli goodies are not always available. I used a good bottled pesto and ordinary mozzarella. You can use shallots in place of the small (pickling type) onions. This is great with a glass of chilled dry white wine and some still-warm home-made bread!

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    • 8 white pearl onions, small, the type used for pickling (or use shallots)
    • 4 -8 slices ham, best quality (like Parma or Black Forest ham)
    • 12 bite-size fresh mozzarella cheese balls (or 12 mozzarella squares, or bocconcini balls)
    • 12 grape tomatoes (also called small plum tomatoes)
    • 2 -3 tablespoons pesto sauce
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil (if necessary, see directions)
    • 1 cup arugula (or use any lettuce mixture, tightly packed)
    • 2 tablespoons vinaigrette dressing
    • concentrated balsamic vinegar (optional)


    1. 1
      You'll need 4 - 6 thin kebab sticks.
    2. 2
      Peel the onions, rinse well, and boil for 5 minutes. (More than that. and they tend to disintegrate). Rinse again under cold water and leave to cool somewhat. They don't have to be cold when you use them.
    3. 3
      Prepare the mozzarella -- draining and drying, or cutting into neat chunks.
    4. 4
      Rinse and dry the small tomatoes.
    5. 5
      Put the cooled onions, the mozzarella pieces and the tomatoes in a small bowl. If your pesto is quite thick, mix in the olive oil to thin. Gently fold in the pesto with a spoon to coat the cheese, onions and small tomatoes.
    6. 6
      Arrange either arugula lettuce leaves on plates. Drizzle each little heap with some vinaigrette.
    7. 7
      Put on each skewer tomatoes, pieces of mozzarella, folded ham slices and onions. (See photo's -- use as it suits you). For delicate presentation, use fewer ingredients on a skewer. For a side dish at a BBQ, use longer skewers and more ingredients.
    8. 8
      Arrange the skewers on the salad leaves.
    9. 9
      Drizzle some thick balsamic on the plate. Serve with extra vinaigrette.
    10. 10
      Can be served as a side salad, starter, or with wine and bread as a healthy light lunch.
    11. 11
      **When taking the photograph I did not have ham, and fried some bacon, but it's not as delicate as a very good ham.

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    Nutritional Facts for Appetizer Pesto Salad Kebabs

    Serving Size: 1 (307 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1008.7
    Calories from Fat 651
    Total Fat 72.3 g
    Saturated Fat 36.1 g
    Cholesterol 201.9 mg
    Sodium 1619.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 31.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.1 g
    Sugars 15.4 g
    Protein 60.2 g

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