Mini Caprese skewers are the easiest appetizer ever! Tiny balls of fresh mozzarella, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh basil get paired with pesto or a balsamic glaze for an elegant starter you won’t be able to get enough of. Make this handheld Caprese salad for your next gathering.
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If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know I am obsessed with Caprese everything. I can’t think of a salad I love more. It’s so classic- sweet tomatoes, fragrant basil and creamy mozzarella. Yes, please. Times a million.
These little Caprese skewers take all those flavors of Caprese salad and put them together into an embarrassingly easy appetizer that will make you feel so classy when you serve them. At least that’s how I felt when these made an appearance at my wedding. But it could have been the dress.
Nah… definitely the food.
Ingredients for Caprese Skewers
The ingredients you need for these caprese skewers is super short!
- Fresh mozzarella. Instead of using the large balls of fresh mozzarella for this, go with the smaller balls. You can buy a ball of smaller balls in the cheese case at the grocery store or you can buy a container of them also in the cheese case. Either is fine.
- Basil leaves. Fresh basil leaves are one of the main flavors of Caprese salad. Don’t substitute dried basil here. Find fresh basil in the produce section at the grocery store or grow your own.
- Cherry or grape tomatoes. You can find sweet cherry or grape tomatoes year round.
- Dipping sauce or drizzle. Dip always makes things more delicious. These Caprese bites are equally delightful with a side of pesto or a drizzle of balsamic reduction.
Aside from the food ingredients, you also need toothpicks to put these little beauties together. Plain ones are fine or you can use any kind of fancy ones your little heart desires.
How to Make Caprese Skewers
This appetizer recipe is very simple! To make it:
- Skewer the tomatoes, basil and mozzarella onto a toothpick.
- Sprinkle with a touch of salt and pepper.
- Serve with pesto or a balsamic reduction.
That’s it! Easy peasy!
Balsamic Reduction to Drizzle
Balsamic reduction just sounds fancy, but it’s actually very beginner friendly. To make it, add about a quarter cup of balsamic and 2 tablespoons of honey to a small sauce pan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. As it cooks, the balsamic vinegar will reduce and thicken. You will know it’s done when the vinegar coats the back of a spoon. Once it reaches that point, remove it from the heat.
Other Caprese Recipes
Caprese everything is my love language. Check out these other delish takes on Caprese salad.
There’s fried mozzarella Caprese, which might be my favorite take on Caprese ever with breaded fried cheese and fresh heirloom tomatoes.
For another fun appetizer, Caprese cups stuff diced tomatoes, basil and mozzarella into puff pastry cups.
Looking for a stunning Caprese entree? This shrimp Caprese salad is my favorite summer meal.
For a heartier salad, Caprese panzanella combines all the classic flavors of the salads with pieces of crusty bread.
Not into hearty? This Caprese zoodle bowl is pretty much summer meal goals.
And for an elegant low carb appetizer, these Caprese shrimp bites I did for my friend Kim at Low Carb Maven are delicious.
And definitely check out The Best Shrimp Caprese Pasta
Or check out these caprese skewers with meat aka Elegant and Easy Prosciutto Caprese Skewers
And for a switch from balsamic try this Easy Pesto Caprese Salad (Italian Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil Salad)
For a decadent and elegant take, swap the mozzarella for burrata with The Best Burrata Caprese SaladPrint
- 16 cherry or grape tomatoes
- 8 ounces of mini mozzarella balls
- 16 basil leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- pesto or balsamic reduction
For balsamic reduction
- 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbs honey
Cut the mozzarella into manageable bite sized pieces. Skewer the tomatoes, basil and mozzarella on a toothpick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve with pesto or balsamic reduction.
To make balsamic reduction add the balsamic vinegar and honey to a small saucepan over low to medium low heat. Cook until the mix comes to a simmer and reduces and thickens. The mix is done when it coats the back of a spoon.
- Category: appetizer
- Cuisine: American, Italian
Keywords: caprese skewers, caprese bites