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Zucchini Caprese Sliders

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 sliders
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Ingredients

2 large zucchini

2 tablespoons olive oil 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 ounces fresh mozzarella 

2 Roma tomatoes 

1/2 cup mayonnaise 

3 tablespoons prepared pesto 

2 splashes red wine vinegar 

12 large fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish 

Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Directions

Special equipment:
grill pan
  1. Heat a grill pan or grill over medium heat.
  2. Slice each zucchini on the diagonal into 12 slices (24 slices total). Brush one side of each zucchini slice with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Working in 2 batches, place them oil-side down on the grill pan and cook for 2 minutes. Flip each slice and continue grilling until they have grill marks but are still somewhat firm, about 1 minute. Set aside to cool.
  3. Slice the mozzarella into 6 slices, then cut each slice in half. Slice each tomato into 6 slices crosswise (12 slices total).
  4. To make the dressing: Combine the mayonnaise, pesto and vinegar in a small bowl and stir together until well combined.
  5. To assemble the sliders: Top a slice of grilled zucchini with 1 teaspoon of the dressing. Arrange one of the half-slices of mozzarella on the dressed zucchini slice so that it fits the zucchini. Arrange a slice of tomato on top, followed by a basil leaf. Spread a teaspoon of the dressing on a new slice of zucchini and top the stack as if building a sandwich. Secure the slider with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining ingredients until you have 12 sliders.
  6. Arrange the sliders on a platter, drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish the platter with more basil.