Last summer, we remodeled our deck and added a great outdoor entertaining area. Once it was done, we had a little party (of course). I wanted to use our new grill as much as possible, including wanting a great idea for a grilled salad. I was thumbing through a bunch of recipes and found this Grilled Green Tomatoes Caprese Salad from Food Lion Magazine (Summer Grilling Edition). I added some yellow tomatoes for color, but other than that, I kept the recipe the same.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min plus one hour to marinate; Cook Time – 10 minutes
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. white balsamic vinegar
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
2 medium size green tomatoes, cut into 1/4 in. thick slices
2 medium size yellow tomatoes, cut into 1/4 in. thick clices
1 16 oz. package sliced fresh mozzarella cheese (you can find it at Costco)
Fresh ground pepper
1/3 c. thinly sliced fresh basil (see how to chop basil)
Preparing Grilled Green Tomatoes Caprese Salad:
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large plastic zipper freezer bag; add tomatoes, seal and shake gently to coat. Chill for one hour in refrigerator. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove tomatoes from bag, reserving the marinade. Grill the tomatoes, covered with grill lid about 3-4 minutes per side until grill marks appear. Arrange alternating slices of warm tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a large, shallow platter. Drizzle with reserved marinade. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle basil for color!
Please do no throw in red tomatoes for color. They are too watery and will fall apart on the grill. Orange tomatoes are fine, just more expensive!