With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of the summer (hooray!), I鈥檓 sure a lot of you will be planning parties, picnics, barbecues and anything else that involves sitting in the sunshine sipping summer cocktails and nibbling on tasty party food. These caprese tortellini skewers are just the thing! They鈥檙e easy to make in advance and the herby dressing really brings them to life. Easy, healthy, tasty and pretty 鈥 what more could you want in a summer snack?

Caprese tortellini skewers

Ingredients:

Makes approximately 15 skewers

鈥 2 1/2 cups tortellini

鈥 1 bunch fresh basil

鈥 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (I used olive oil with peppercorns)

鈥 pinch salt

鈥 pinch black pepper

鈥 2 cups cherry tomatoes

鈥 2 balls fresh mozzarella, cut into chunks

*You鈥檒l also need approximately 15 wooden skewers.

Caprese tortellini skewers

Instructions:

1. Boil the tortellini according to the instructions on the packet (usually around 4 minutes). When it鈥檚 cooked al dente, drain it and rinse with cold water. Set aside to cool completely.

2. Add about half of the fresh basil to a mini food processor, along with the olive oil and some salt and pepper. Blitz to form the basil dressing.

3. Assemble the skewers with the cooled tortellini, cherry tomatoes, chunks of mozzarella and folded basil leaves. Serve drizzled with the basil dressing.

Boil the tortellini according to the instructions on the packet (usually around four minutes). I used spinach and ricotta tortellini, but you can use whatever flavor you prefer. When the tortellini is cooked al dente, drain it and rinse with cold water. Set aside to cool completely.

Caprese tortellini skewers
Caprese tortellini skewers

Add about half of the fresh basil to a mini food processor along with the olive oil and some salt and pepper. Blitz to form the basil dressing.

Caprese tortellini skewers

Assemble the skewers with the cooled tortellini, cherry tomatoes, chunks of mozzarella and folded basil leaves. Drizzle with the basil dressing just before serving.

Caprese tortellini skewers

These caprese tortellini skewers are so easy to make, and they are fresh and flavorful 鈥 especially if enjoyed in the sunshine!

Caprese tortellini skewers

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