Treat yourself to these yummy Caprese Skewers! This delicious appetizer is a fun, bite-sized twist on the classic Italian Salad. They're perfect for summer parties and so easy to make!
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I love entertaining, but it can be lot of work. And when you throw my tiny kitchen into the mix, and things get even more complicated. So I gravitate toward party recipes that are simple, but still completely delicious ... like these amazing Caprese Salad Skewers!
You are going to love these Tomato Basil Mozzarella Skewers! They have all the amazing flavor of your favorite classic Italian Salad Salad ... the fragrant tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and the fresh basil ... total perfection!
Best of all, these mouthwatering Caprese Skewers take minutes to make, and there's no cooking required. Plus let's be honest: doesn't everything taste better when it's been skewered?
This recipe also make a wonderfully light summer meal, too ... perfect for those days when it's too hot to cook. I may even have eaten a few for breakfast this morning!
Are you hungry yet? Then keep reading for all the delicious details!
This crave-worthy appetizer is perfect for easy entertaining! Here's what you'll need to make them:
- Tomatoes - You can use either grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes to make the skewers. I like to use grape tomatoes, because they pretty much always taste great.
- Mozzarella - Look for mini fresh mozzarella balls (also called ciliegine) for this recipe. They should be about the same size as your tomatoes.
- Basil - Don't skip the fresh basil! It adds tons of flavor.
- Olive Oil - You'll drizzle the sticks with extra virgin olive oil. The oil adds a little richness and helps bring all the flavors together ... if you have a fancy bottle of olive oil, this is the perfect time to use it!
- Salt + Pepper - The recipe is seasoned simply with just salt and pepper. I recommend using using kosher salt, although Maldon Sea Salt Flakes would also work great.
- Balsamic (Optional) - Give these Caprese Bites a gourmet twist by drizzling them with balsamic glaze just before serving!
You'll Also Need
You'll also need some skewers, about six inches long. I used these bamboo skewers, and they worked great!
How to Make Caprese Skewers
Making this wonderful summer appetizer couldn't be easier! You'll find a detailed recipe card below, but here's an overview of the steps:
- Thread a mozzarella ball on the skewer. Press it down to one end so you have room to add the other ingredients.
- Skewer a basil leaf. Fold a basil leaf in half, then slide it onto the skewer next to the mozzarella. Tip: I was short on basil when photographing the recipe, so I scattered it on top ... feel free to do the same if you don't have enough.
- Slide on a tomato. Add a tomato onto the skewer after the basil.
- Add another basil leaf. Follow the tomato with another basil leaf.
- Repeat. Next, you'll add another mozzarella ball, followed by another basil leaf, and ending with a tomato.
- Drizzle with olive oil and season. After you've threaded all the ingredients together, drizzle the skewers with a little extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. If you'd like to use a balsamic glaze, add that now, too.
And that's all there is to it ... your mini Caprese Skewers are ready to eat! Wasn't that easy!
These Tomato Mozzarella Skewers are super easy to customize! Here are some ideas to inspire you:
- Pesto - Instead of using fresh basil, drizzle the sticks with Basil Pesto.
- Olives - Add some olives (kalamatas would work great) for an extra pop of briny, salty flavor.
- Veggies - For an extra healthy snack, add other veggies to the skewers, like cucumbers or sweet peppers (fresh or roasted).
- Fruit - Replace one of the tomatoes with a peach chunk for a sweet-savory twist. Melon, such as cantaloupe or watermelon, would be tasty, too.
- Tortellini - Thread on cooked tortellini for a more filling appetizer. Make sure to cool the pasta before assembling, and do not to overcook it (or it may fall apart).
You can assemble skewers the morning of your party, then drizzle them with olive oil (and balsamic, if using) and season with salt and pepper just before serving.
If you have leftovers, store the Caprese Kabobs in an airtight container. They'll stay fresh for a day or two, although the basil may not last that long.
If you enjoyed this yummy Caprese Appetizer, then check out these other tomato basil recipes, too!
- Caprese Pizza
- Burrata Caprese Salad
- Tomato Basil Pasta
- Four Cheese Crock Pot Lasagna
- Tomato Basil Soup
- Fresh Tomato Sauce (or this Homemade Marinara Sauce)
- Tomato, Feta, and Basil Pie
- Tomato Basil Fried Rice
- Caprese Freekeh Salad
Searching for something else? You can find more Appetizer Recipes here!
Caprese Salad Skewers
- Thread a mozzarella ball on a skewer, followed by a basil leaf (folded in half, if necessary), then a grape tomato, and finally another basil leaf. Repeat layers one time, ending with a tomato.
- Place skewers on a tray, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt.
- Drizzle with balsamic glaze, if using.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!