I have a very hard time choosing when it comes to food. Anyone else with me? I go to a restaurant, and there they are…five different entrees that all look divine. Oh so hard to choose! It’s a real problem.
And so the whole “food board” concept is pretty lovely to me. My absolute favorite meal is a platter laid out with beautiful cheeses, meats and all the good stuff. Asparagus Caprese Salad Board is one of those lovelies!
Fresh mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, arugula and roasted asparagus just laid out with a little lemon and balsamic to finish it off. If you want to really take it over the top, use fresh burrata cheese and our homemade croutons. Y.U.M.
Boards are THE BEST party food because they’re simple. Most don’t even require any cooking. Just arrange ALL the yummy goods on some pretty platters and BAM. You’ve got a party! Or just dinner for the fam.
Asparagus Caprese Salad Board. For people like me who just can’t choooooose.
- 8-10 asparagus spears
- 2 cups tomatoes (cherry, roma or other)
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 6 cups arugula
- 2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into rounds or cubes
- 1 cup roasted red peppers
- 1-2 avocados
- Fresh basil
- Balsamic dressing (Here is the link to our recipe or you can use a favorite store-bought)
- Zest of one or more lemons, optional
- Homemade croutons, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Toss asparagus spears with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes, until slightly soft.
- If desired, toss tomatoes with oil, salt and pepper and roast as well for about 20 minutes. (You can also just serve tomatoes raw, if you want to skip this step.)
- Arrange cooked asparagus, tomatoes, arugula, mozzarella, peppers and avocado on board or platter.
- Salt and pepper everything.
- Garnish with basil and serve with balsamic dressing.
- If desired, sprinkle with lemon zest and serve with croutons. (See our recipe for EASY homemade croutons in notes below.)
*To make homemade croutons, cut a French or Italian loaf into cubes. Toss with extra-virgin olive oil until well-coated. Salt and pepper to taste, and add Italian seasoning or another favorite spice blend if desired. Roast in a 400-degree oven for about 10-15 minutes, until cubes are well-toasted. Watch carefully so they don't burn! These will last for a week or more in an airtight container kept at room temp.