Polenta Caprese

California Olive Committee
  • Yield: 4 servings


2cups low-sodium chicken broth
2/3cup polenta
1cup California Black Ripe Olives, wedged
1 1/2cups (8-ounces) cherry tomatoes, halved
1 (4-ounce) cup fresh mozzarella cheese, diced 1/2-inch
1/2 (1/2-ounce) cup basil leaves, torn
2tablespoons olive oil
2teaspoons red wine vinegar
Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper


  1. Bring broth to a boil in a small saucepan. Whisk in polenta, turn heat down to a low simmer and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and mix in 1/2 cup of olives. Pour onto a lightly greased baking sheet and form into a 7 x 8-inch rectangle. Top with a piece of plastic wrap and set aside to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. While polenta is setting, combine tomatoes, mozzarella, basil leaves and remaining olives in a large mixing bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and red wine vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Remove plastic wrap and cut polenta into 4 rectangles. Heat remaining olive oil in a large sauté pan or non-stick griddle over medium-high heat. Place polenta slices in pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden. Place cooked polenta onto serving plates and top with salad mixture.

Recipe courtesy of the California Olive Committee