These mini caprese skewers are a tasty low carb appetizer. They can also be served as a snack or as a side dish. They are a great option to bring to a summer potluck.
Today I’m sharing the recipe for these super easy Mini Caprese Skewers. There are so many reasons these skewers are perfect for summer eating. First, there is no cooking so your kitchen stays nice and cool. Also, you can get the freshest tomatoes and basil during the summer months that come together for amazing flavors. You can make them ahead of time by assembling the skewers and keeping them in the refrigerator until ready to be served. Simply take them out and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and enjoy!
Origin of Caprese
Caprese (pronounced kuh·pray·zay) is an Italian word describing a salad of fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil. Traditional Caprese Salad is usually served on a platter with alternating slices of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, basil leaves either whole of chiffonade cut, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. These skewers have all the same ingredients but turns this fresh, delicious salad into a snackable finger food.
Things you’ll need
Ingredients for Mini Caprese Skewers
Cherry Tomatoes vs Grape Tomatoes
You may be wondering if grape tomatoes can be used instead of cherry tomatoes for this recipe, and they are interchangeable for use in many recipes. However, you may have a preference for which one you choose based on the recipe.
What’s the difference anyway? Well, cherry tomatoes are round (like cherries) have thin skins, and are sweet and juicy. They squirt in your mouth when you bite into them. Grape tomatoes are smaller, oblong shaped (like grapes) with a thicker skin. They are meatier and less sweet but tend to last longer than cherry tomatoes.
The cherry tomatoes will be easier to get onto the skewers with their thinner skins, but the robust flavors of the other ingredients in this “salad on a stick” will stand up to the heartier grape tomatoes. So, it’s really just personal preference.
How to Make Mini Caprese Skewers
Wash and dry cherry tomatoes and basil leaves.
Slide a mozzarella ball onto a 4 inch to 6 inch toothpick skewer. Accordion fold a basil leaf and slide onto the skewer. Next add a cherry tomato followed by another mozzarella ball.
Arrange the skewers on a platter and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately.
To make them ahead of time, completely assemble and arrange on a platter but do not drizzle with balsamic vinegar until ready to serve. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
Tips & Tricks
- Use the freshest ingredients available for these skewers, especially the tomatoes and basil.
- If you cannot find small mozzarella balls, get a fresh mozzarella block and cut into pieces.
- Mini Caprese Skewers are great option to take to a summer potluck for a lighter side option instead of the usual potato salad or baked beans.
- They are low carb and keto-friendly.
- These skewers can be served as a snack, appetizer, or side dish.
- Make them heartier by adding a filled pasta such as tortellini to each skewer. Cook the tortellini, toss in a pesto sauce, and add onto the skewer.
What to serve with Caprese Skewers?
Mini Caprese Skewers make a great side for pasta dishes or food cooked on the grill. Here are some options:
Mini Caprese Skewers
- 24 Mozzarella pearls
- 6 Basil leaves
- 12 Cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 12 Skewer toothpicks
- Wash and dry cherry tomatoes and basil leaves.
- Slide a mozzarella ball onto a skewer. Accordion fold a basil leaf and slide onto the skewer. Next add a cherry tomato followed by another mozzarella ball.
- Arrange the skewers on a platter and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately.
- To make them ahead of time, completely assemble and arrange on a platter but do not drizzle with balsamic vinegar until ready to serve. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
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