Here’s a healthy snack idea that’s fun to make, and tasty to eat. And it comes on a stick. I’m not sure why food that’s on a stick is better than food that’s not, but in my experience, it’s practically a law of nature.
First, make the dipping sauce. Mix together in a bowl:
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- Cherry tomatoes – cut in half
- Fresh mozzarella balls (or fresh mozzarella cut into 1-inch chunks)
- Fresh basil leaves – torn into bite-size pieces
Poke the ingredients onto toothpicks. On each toothpick, put half a tomato, a piece of cheese, a piece of basil, and another tomato half.
This is a kid’s version of the tomato-mozzarella-basil Caprese Salad that is a favorite of adults. We were introduced to these yummy snacks at the Witte Museum in San Antonio. The museum has a children’s area called The Treehouse, and in the basement of The Treehouse is a demonstration kitchen.
They were almost done with this demonstration when we headed downstairs, and we missed most of it, but we were there for the free samples at the end. My daughter went back for three. The demonstrator was delighted to give my daughter as many samples as she wanted. I was delighted to see that my daughter really loved a snack that was so healthy. To be fair, I suspect part of the appeal was that it came on a stick. Doesn’t really matter. I asked for the recipe, and was delighted that it was so simple.
We made them ourselves when we got home, and my daughter loved them just as much this time as she did at the museum. In fact, in addition to eating a bunch of the snacks, she documented her own demonstration, and posted it using the Instructables app, which is cool enough that it gets it’s own blog entry soon.
I hope you love this snack as much as we do. Do you have a favorite snack that you like to make and eat? If so, I’d love it if you would share it in the comments.