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Smith’s Chef Jeff Jackson’s recipe for marinated mozzarella & melon skewers

SALT LAKE CITY — Chef Jeff Jackson with Smith’s showed us how to make a refreshing snack that’ll remind you of summer as the season wraps up — marinated mozzarella and melon skewers.


For the mozzarella & melon

  • 1/3 c. basil pesto
  • 2 c. fresh mozzarella balls
  • 4 c. mixed melon balls
  • 1-2 c. fresh basil leaves

For the vinaigrette                                  

  • ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic or champagne vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. fig preserves/jam
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh mint


  1. In a mixing bowl, toss together the pesto and mozzarella balls.
  2. Make the vinaigrette by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk or use a stick blender to blend. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. Assemble the skewers by alternating the mozzarella, melons, and basil leaves on a skewer.
  4. Arrange on a serving platter and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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