These Caprese Skewers are the perfect bite-sized appetizer, combining marinated mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes and fresh basil, finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
This Caprese Skewers Recipe is a delightful fusion of the classic Italian salad transformed into a handheld delicacy. These Mini Caprese Skewers are not only a simple appetizer but also a big hit at parties, especially during the summer months when tomatoes are at their peak season.
With simple ingredients like grape tomatoes, marinated mozzarella balls and fresh basil leaves, this Caprese Skewers appetizer is both visually appealing and loaded with fresh flavors. The juicy cherry tomatoes paired with creamy mozzarella balls are the perfect size for finger food, while the aromatic basil brings an additional layer of sophistication.
This recipe for Caprese Skewers is made even more delectable with a balsamic drizzle, enhancing the tangy and sweet notes of the ingredients. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or looking for quick appetizers for an unexpected gathering, these Caprese Salad Skewers will surely impress.
- Ingredients and equipment
- By the Numbers: How to Make Caprese Skewers
- Tips for Making the Best Mini Caprese Skewers
- Caprese Skewers
- More Gluten Free Snacks and Appetizers
Ingredients and equipment
- 12 ounces of marinated fresh mozzarella
- 12 ounces of grape tomatoes
- Fresh basil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Serving platter
By the Numbers: How to Make Caprese Skewers
Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to learn how to make this caprese salad skewers appetizer recipe.
Step 1: Cut Mozzarella
Carefully cut all 12 ounces of the mozzarella fresca balls in half. There are usually about 12-15 mozzarella balls in a container, so you should have about 24-30 halves.
Step 2: Wrap Basil Around Tomato and Cheese
Wrap a large basil leaf around a grape tomato and a mozzarella ball half, with the flat side of the cheese facing down. This will give the skewers stability to stand up on the plate. If you plan on laying them flat, the direction of the cheese doesn’t matter much.
Step 3: Stick Toothpick Through Caprese Ingredients
Stick a toothpick through the basil, tomato and mozzarella. Repeat until your plate is full. You should end up with about 24 appetizers.
Step 4: Drizzle Balsamic Over Skewers
Drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the caprese skewers and plate to give your delicious mini appetizers some extra flavor.
Tips for Making the Best Mini Caprese Skewers
Answers to all of your questions about making mini caprese salad skewers, including tips, variations and substitution ideas.
Use different types of tomatoes
While grape tomatoes are recommended, sweet cherry tomatoes or yellow tomatoes can also be used to add variety.
Tips for the best flavor
For the best flavor, ensure that you choose juicy tomatoes and good olive oil-marinated mozzarella balls from your local grocery store.
For extra seasoning, add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning, sea salt and black pepper to enhance the flavor of these delicious appetizers. I Iike to use my homemade Italian seasoning.
Balsamic glaze option
While a quick drizzle of balsamic vinegar is great, you can elevate the dish with a homemade balsamic glaze made in a small saucepan with a cup of balsamic vinegar and some brown sugar or maple syrup.
I personally like to use toothpicks as little skewers for these mini appetizers. You can also use bamboo skewers to ensure that each piece of mozzarella and tomato is securely held together.
Ways to serve
One idea for serving these mini caprese skewers is to set them on their own platter or on a platter with other Italian appetizers like Antipasto Skewers. They are also a great addition to a cheese board or charcuterie board.
Make it a main course
You can create a larger version of this dish with bigger skewers, larger pieces of mozzarella, and baby tomatoes, turning them into Caprese kabobs perfect for a main course. Adding prosciutto and/or tortellini will make them more filling as well.
For a vegan alternative, you can substitute the mozzarella with vegan cheese balls, though it will alter the taste and texture.
Storing caprese skewers
If you wish to make ahead Caprese Skewers, store them in an airtight container or wrap them in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
More easy appetizers
- Caprese Stuffed Mushrooms
- Baked Brie with Jam
- Instant Pot Hummus
- Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
- Spinach Dip
- 12 ounces marinated fresh mozzarella
- 12 ounces grape tomatoes
- 30 leaves fresh basil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Cutting Board
- Serving platter
- Cut the mozzarella fresca balls in half.
- Wrap a large basil leaf around a grape tomato and a mozzarella ball half, with the flat side facing down.
- Stick a toothpick through the basil, tomato and mozzarella. Repeat until your plate is full.
- Drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the caprese skewers and plate.