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Mini Caprese Skewers

My Mini Caprese Skewers are a perfectly delicious appetizer!You'll simply skewer marinated mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, and you'redone.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Finished mini caprese skewers on a white plate.

These Mini Caprese Skewers are a unique and creative appetizer for your next party! These little one-bite appetizers are easy to make. You’ll simply assemble the marinated fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, and you’re good to go. They’re also great with cocktails before dinner.

Looking for a quick and easy appetizer for a late summer party? Then I have the answer for you with this gem of a recipe using the fresh, summery flavors of a classic Caprese salad.

Finished mini caprese skewers on a white plate.

This caprese on skewers recipe is a mini appetizer consisting of one perfect little bite with all the elements of the classic salad.

Assembling these room temp appetizers is really simple. Mix the marinade and add the mozzarella. When you’re ready to serve your Mini Caprese Skewers, assemble the tomatoes, cheese, and basil on a pick or skewer and pass the plate around to your guests!

🥘 About the Ingredients


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  • Cherry Tomatoes – If you grow your own, use them! But you’ll find lovely ones in your grocery store’s produce section.
  • BocconciniThese are simply small fresh mozzarella balls. I find them in the cheese case of my store’s deli department. They do vary in size so choose what you like. You may need to cut larger ones in half. They’re also available in a smaller size called mozzarella “pearls.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves – There really isn’t a substitute for fresh basil. Its flavor is what makes this appetizer special. It’s typically available year round in most grocery stores.
  • Olive Oil – Because it will be eaten without cooking and is a major component of the recipe, I recommend using a good quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • Parsley, Chives, Salt, and Black PepperThese are the seasonings that flavor the marinade for the bocconcini. Use fresh herbs if possible. If you need to substitute dried, remember that dried herbs substitute at 1/3 the amount of fresh (ex: 1 teaspoon dried parsley = 3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) of chopped fresh parsley).

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🔪 How to Make Mini Caprese Skewers


Mozzarella balls marinating in a yellow bowl.
  1. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, chives, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the mozzarella and toss well to coat. Cover and set aside for at least one hour.
Prepared cherry tomatoes and basil leaves on a cutting board.
  1. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Tear the basil leaves in half.

Gorgeous Caprese Salad Kitchen Wall Art from Etsy

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Caprese Salad Recipe Poster Kitchen Wall Art

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Assembling the caprese skewers on a white plate.
  1. Using toothpicks or short wooden skewers, place one half of a tomato, a piece of basil leaf, a mozzarella ball, and finish with the second tomato half.
  2. Serve at room temperature.
Finished mini caprese skewers on a white plate.

🙋🏻‍♀️ Can I Make These Ahead?


The mini caprese bites may be made up to 24 hours in advance. Be sure to remove them from the refrigerator at least one hour before serving. 

❗ Recipe Tips and Variations


  • Use multicolored cherry tomatoes for a beautiful caprese salad skewers.
  • Drizzle the finished skewers lightly with balsamic vinegar.
  • Choose tomatoes that are about the same size as the mozzarella balls so that the finished skewers look more balanced.
  • If a big bite of fresh basil doesn’t seem appealing, slice the basil very finely and add it to the mozzarella marinade.
  • Swap out the basil for baby spinach leaves.
  • Try replacing some of the cherry tomatoes with strawberries or cubes of fresh peaches.

❓ Questions About Caprese Skewers


What is Caprese Salad?

Caprese Salad is a simple, classic recipe from the Mediterranean region. It contains mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, and olive oil well seasoned with salt and cracked black pepper. Some versions include a balsamic glaze drizzled over the top.

Can I use different cheeses for this recipe?

Sure can! These skewers are delicious with marinated feta in place of the mozzarella. Cubed Cheddar cheese would also be delicious.

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Finished mini caprese skewers on a white plate.

Mini Caprese Skewers

My Mini Caprese Skewers are a perfectly delicious appetizer!You'll simply skewer marinated mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, and you'redone.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 20 bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls) or make pieces from a large mozzarella ball
  • 20 cherry tomatoes
  • 20 basil leaves

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the parsley, chives, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the mozzarella and toss well to coat. Cover and set aside for at least one hour.
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Tear the basil leaves in half.
  • Using toothpicks or short wooden skewers, place one half of a tomato, a piece of basil leaf, a mozzarella ball, and finish with the second tomato half.
  • Serve at room temperature.

Notes

May be made up to 24 hours in advance. Be sure to remove from the refrigerator at least one hour before serving. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on July 1, 2009. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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  1. That’s so cute. These are perfect little appetizers. I can eat that whole thing and be totally content for the day.

  2. Isn’t fresh mozza just so good? And room temp is so right. You can really taste the flavors that way. Very elegant presentation too!