This Grilled Strawberry Kebab Recipe with Basil is a fabulous appetizer that doubles as dessert. It’s sweet, savory and bursts with the essence of summer.
I love this grilled strawberry kebab recipe — while it’s certainly sweet enough for dessert, the fresh basil leaves make it suitable for an appetizer too.
The balsamic glaze gives it a bit of depth — perhaps like a chocolate sauce might.
During the summer strawberries enter the peak of their season.
A perfect strawberry is intoxicating. And grilled strawberries are a fun way to mix things up a little.
Buying Strawberries at the Farmers Market
If it’s convenient, buy your strawberries at your local Farmers Market. They’ll be the best — organic locally sourced and super sweet.
Any produce is best when it hasn’t traveled too far to reach you.
You can find a Farmers Market near you here.
Always walk up and down the market having a sample at each strawberry booth before deciding where to buy. I have a favorite booth at certain markets — and it’s great to develop a relationship with the growers, too. You’ll get a lot of information about your produce this way, and it makes shopping at the market much more fun.
What’s in this recipe?
- balsamic vinegar
Truly, this is a treat than can also be a side for an outdoor barbecue dinner, over ice-cream for dessert, or just as a delightful snack. There’s always a place for grilled strawberries.
Whenever you have it, I hope you enjoy this strawberry kebab recipe as much as I do.
More summer fruit recipes:
- Melon Gazpacho Recipe
- Grilled Chile Lime Watermelon
- Mango-Manchego Basil Salad Recipe
- Fruit Carpaccio with Minty Strawberries
- Avocado Toast Recipes with Mint and Fruit
- Grilled Peaches with Cashel Blue and Honey
This Grilled Strawberry Kebab Recipe with Basil is a fabulous appetizer that doubles as dessert. It's sweet, savory and bursts with the essence of summer.
To clean the strawberries, use a damp paper to wipe each one off. Remove the stems and cut each one in half, lengthwise.
One by one, gently slide each strawberry half onto a metal or wooden skewer (if you're using wooden, soak them in water for about 10 minutes first). Between each strawberry half, slide on one or two basil leaves. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, vinegar, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt. Set aside.
Preheat a stove-top grill or your barbecue and drizzle or brush a bit of grape seed oil onto the flat surface of each strawberry. Once the grill is hot, place the strawberry skewers on it, flat side down. You should hear a sizzling sound -- if you don't the grill is not hot enough. Wait until it is! Grill until each side is marked from the grill, about 30 seconds per side. Place the skewers on a plate and while they're still hot, use a pastry brush to add the glaze to the kebabs. Remove them from the skewers to serve.