Golden Kiss Melon Caprese with Balsamic Glaze


The word "caprese" refers to something that comes from or is in the style of the Italian island of Capri.  And in the culinary world, it refers to a salad composed of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. (Red, green and white -- like the Italian flag.) 


This tri-colored salad became so popular that it's made all over the world, and these days, new versions are constantly being created, using a variety of colors and ingredients.  And though the melon in this recipe deviates from the red in the Italian flag, it's a perfect match with the soft cheese, fresh basil, and sweet glaze.  It's beautiful and delicious! 


Golden Kiss Melon Caprese Recipe with Balsamic Glaze:


Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes


1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

8 (1/4-inch thick) slices fresh mozzarella cheese (about 3/4-pound)

1 dozen thin slices from 1/2 of a Golden Kiss melon, each slice cut in half

About 4 dozen medium-sized, fresh basil leaves, washed and dried.


1.  Add the vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a strong simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the vinegar has reduced by about half, about 10 minutes. It should have the consistency of syrup. Set aside.


2.  Place a few of the basil leaves in the center of four small serving plates. Then add a slice of mozzarella on top, followed by two of the melon slices.  Repeat this twice.


3.  Drizzle the balsamic glaze over each one and serve.



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