Summer entertaining is so much more interesting with these vibrant Classic Caprese Skewers! A simple party appetizer, consisting of just 4 ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella balls, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Despite the modest recipe, these fabulous skewers really brighten up and add a wonderful depth of color to any table.
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Classic Caprese Skewers
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.
I don’t know what it is about mini foods, or food on skewers, but I absolutely love making them to serve at parties or gatherings!
These Caprese skewers are super easy to make, including the balsamic glaze that is drizzled over the top.
The cherry tomatoes, mini mozzarella balls, and basil are all components of the Italian Caprese Salad but on mini skewers, and in easy to eat, bitesize form – perfect for cocktail parties!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.
It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, and pepper, as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen already. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.
- Protein – Red and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Basil.
- Dairy – Mini Mozzarella Balls (Ciliegine)
- Small Wooden Skewers – about 6″/15cm long.
- Balsamic Vinegar
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More Recipes Using Mozzarella
One of the hero ingredients in this dish is mozzarella, so here are some more recipes using the same:
- Roasted Artichoke Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Balsamic Mozzarella Stuffed Grape Tomatoes
- Strawberry Caprese Skewers Appetizer
More Appetizer Recipes
Looking for more party appetizers to make? Check these recipes out next:
- Deluxe Deviled Eggs Are Always A Crowd-Pleaser!
- Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken Wings
- Garlic Parmesan Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Dip
- The warm balsamic glaze will start to melt the cheese on contact. If possible, avoid dripping the glaze onto the cheese while drizzling it onto the skewers.
How Do I Make Classic Caprese Skewers?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
- 16 (6”/15cm) wooden skewers
- 16 red cherry or grape tomatoes
- 16 yellow cherry or grape tomatoes
- 32 medium fresh basil leaves, washed and patted dry
- 16 Ciliegine (mini-Mozzarella balls)
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp high-quality extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle, optional
- Thread a red tomato onto a wooden skewer. Next, fold one basil leaf in half, dark side facing out, and add it to the skewer. Add one mini-Mozzarella ball, followed by another folded basil leaf, and one yellow cherry or grape tomato, in order.
- Repeat Step 1 with the remaining tomatoes, basil, and Mozzarella until you have 16 completed skewers. Arrange on a serving platter and set aside.
- To prepare the glaze, add balsamic vinegar to a small sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vinegar is reduced to about 1/3 of its original volume, approximately 8-10 minutes.
- Remove glaze from heat and cool for several minutes. Drizzle the glaze over the skewers, along with some extra virgin olive oil, if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Tip: The warm balsamic glaze will start to melt the cheese on contact. If possible, avoid dripping the glaze onto the cheese while drizzling it onto the skewers.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Full Meal
You’ve made the appetizer, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to make a full meal for a dinner party or special occasion:
- Soup: Hearty Minestrone Soup with Arugula
- Salad: Roasted Artichoke Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Main Dish: Grilled Tuna Steaks with Preserved Lemon Gremolata
- Side Dish: 15-Minute Grilled Marinated Asparagus with Italian Gremolata
- Beverage: Cucumber Cantaloupe Mint Fizz
- Dessert: Instant Pot Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries & Blueberries
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy – please feel free to check them out too.