Caprese Salad Skewers
A quick and easy appetizer, Caprese Salad Skewers are ready in a flash. Juicy tomatoes, mozzarella balls and fresh basil are drizzled with a balsamic syrup for a fresh bite of summer flavor all year long.
Summer may be coming to an end earlier than I like but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy my favorite summer flavors all year long.
I’m a huge fan of the Caprese Salad with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella drizzled with a light basil pesto vinaigrette but those tomatoes are not so stellar come the winter months.
That’s when I grab containers of cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes because they tend to hold the sweet summer juiciness of summer all year. And they’re perfect in these Caprese Salad Skewers because of their perfect bite-size packaging!
Plus, they’re single serve so they’re great for gatherings big or small eliminating the extra hands grabbing at handfuls of chips and dip. These easy Caprese Skewers are, also, super easy to make!
Caprese Salad, or Tomato Mozzarella Salad, is a simple side dish made of juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. Typically, it’s seasoned simply with salt and pepper, a caprese salad recipe can include several twists to make it special.
On the regular, we simply slice tomatoes and fresh mozzarella then arrange on a platter with some basil leaves drizzled with a bit of olive oil. But when I’m feeding a crowd, I like to mix things up and use smaller tomatoes so you can eat them with just one bite.
To make things party ready, I simply thread all the ingredients for a Tomato Caprese Salad on a skewer so guests can just grab and go. It’s a great addition to a tailgate, a holiday party or a simple backyard picnic with friends.
HISTORY OF CAPRESE SALAD
Insalata Caprese, or Caprese Salad, as this salad iscalled in Italy, originated on the island of Capri, just south of the coast of Naples. The name translates to “salad of Capri”.
It’s a super healthy side dish you can enjoy guilt-free because the tomatoes are loaded with vitamins K and C, potassium, folate and antioxidants like lycopene.
HOW TO MAKE THEM
It’s so simple and quick to make Caprese Skewers, here’s how you do it:
Wash the tomatoes and pat them dry.
Thread a tomato, a mozzarella ball and a piece of basil on a skewer. Repeat with another row of ingredients if there’s room on your skewer.
Arrange your Caprese Salad Skewers on a platter.
Drizzle with balsamic glaze or Basil Pesto Vinaigrette.
How easy is that? I like to use these Marinated Mozzarella Balls for extra flavor and then, if guests don’t want the balsamic drizzle, I can just serve it on the side for dipping but still have a ton of flavor in the skewers.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CAPRESE SKEWERS
What’s even better about these Caprese Skewers is they can be made in advance so entertaining is a breeze!
Caprese Salad Skewers
- bamboo skewers
- 24 grape tomatoes
- 24 marinated mozzarella balls
- 12 whole basil leaves
- 1/4 cup balsamic glaze
- 1/4 cup basil pesto
- Wash the tomatoes and pat dry.
- Thread one tomato on a bamboo skewer. Then, thread one mozzarella ball, a basil leaf folded in half, followed by another piece of mozzarella and a tomato. You can make any pattern you want, this is just how I make them.
- Repeat with the remaining skewers.
- Arrange the caprese skewers on a platter and drizzle with the balsamic glaze.
- Serve with basil pesto for dipping.