- Food: Caprese Skewers
- Writer: Nicolas Wilson
- Content-Type: Food Blog
Summer appetizers like these Caprese skewers are so much fun! They’re light, delicious, and fresh, with a tangy balsamic glaze on top.
At this time of year, I enjoy how many various varieties are available – some are spherical and yellow, while others are rectangular and speckled with red.
Purple, orange, and green are among the others. I can never resist bringing home some of each of these shapes and colors when I see them at the farmer’s market or grocery store.
They’re simply stunning (and delicious, too!). You can toss them into a salad, put them on pizza, or use them in pasta like the one I mentioned earlier, but making these Caprese skewers is probably the easiest choice.
They’re quite simple to cook, and since they’re so straightforward, you can truly appreciate the peak-season tomatoes. Serve them as an appetizer or a quick healthy snack at your next get-together. You’ll enjoy them in either case.
Ingredients for Caprese Skewers
These Caprese skewers are a bite-sized version of an Italian Caprese salad that relies on three essential ingredients:
- Cherry tomatoes — If possible, use a variety of colors.
- Fresh basil — Its peppery, fragrant flavor complements the sweet tomatoes perfectly.
- Fresh mozzarella balls — Look for ciliegine mozzarella (also known as cherry-sized mozzarella). They should be approximately the same size as your cherry tomatoes.
Drizzle the skewers with good olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper before serving. Finish with a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar for a tart finish.
On small wooden skewers, thread the tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella balls.
Two cherry tomatoes and one mozzarella ball per skewer, with basil leaves placed in between, are my favorite combination. Fold your basil leaves in half as you skewer them if they are large.
Season with salt and pepper, then drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve.
Recipe Suggestions for Caprese Skewers
- Make sure you’re using high-quality ingredients. When it comes to crafting a basic meal, the quality of your ingredients is crucial. These Caprese skewers are best made in the summer when tomatoes and basil are both in season. Obtain them from a local grower (or even your garden!) if possible.
- Make them on the day of the event. When the basil is still vivid and fresh, these Caprese salad skewers are at their best. If you’re making these ahead of time for a party, you can put them together up to 4 hours ahead of time and store them in the fridge. Just before serving, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.
- Have fun with it. Tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil are a terrific combo but don’t be afraid to experiment. Replace some of the tomatoes with strawberries or sliced peaches, and the basil with fresh mint. Let me know what you come up with!
|15-minute prep time|
These skewers of Caprese salad are a great summer appetizer! At your next party or get-together, they’ll be gone in no time.
- 24 cherry tomatoes
- 12 mini mozzarella balls
- 24 basil leaves
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- Balsamic reduction, for drizzling
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- On small skewers, thread the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic reduction.