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Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Skewers recipe

Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Skewers recipe

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A delicious, colourful party nibble that couldn't be simpler to prepare.

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • 20 mini buffalo mozzarella balls
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 100ml (4 fl oz) balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 cocktail sticks

MethodPrep:20min ›Ready in:20min

  1. Using a cocktail stick, secure a piece of tomato, then a piece of basil, then a mozzarella ball and finally another piece of tomato. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Place on a serving dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix the vinegar and oil together in a small bowl to serve as a dipping sauce, or simply drizzle over right before serving.

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Reviews in English (277)

Super easy, super tasty!-22 Apr 2014

Fresh, tasty, beautiful and simple to make - what more could a girl ask for?? x-07 Sep 2011

Have made these for a family party! Lovely, very fresh!-30 Dec 2013

Caprese Skewers

Published: May 25, 2020 · by Elizabeth Waterson · Modified: Jan 26, 2021 · This post may contain affiliate links, which may pay me a small commission for my referral at no extra cost to you! Thank you for supporting Confessions of a Baking Queen!

Easy and delicious these Caprese Skewers are the perfect appetizer for your next party!

A few weeks ago a dear friend left all of us in Orange County to start a fabulous adventure in Zambia for The Peace Corps! We had a fantastic party to send her away with lots of great friends and food.

I made some desserts and also made these scrumptious Caprese skewers. They are SOO easy and SOO delicious! A must make for any party you are throwing.

Some other appetizers I like to take to parties are my sausage rolls, homemade crock pot meatballs, and homemade onion dip.

Let's get to making the Caprese skewers.

Easy Caprese Salad Skewers

When you shopping for the mozzarella balls, try to find the ones that are not tightly vacuum sealed. As you can see in my picture they were smashed looking balls and the Tomato Basil Mozzarella Skewers would look a lot better if the mozzarella was not smushed. You can also add a side of Balsamic Vinegar for dipping as well to add even more flavor.

Caprese Salad Skewers Ingredients:

24 grape or cherry tomatoes

24 small balls fresh mozzarella cheese

One bunch fresh basil leaves

Balsamic Vinegar for drizzle or dipping

Caprese Salad Skewers Directions:

Tear 24 bite-size pieces of the basil.

Place the one tomato, one piece of mozzarella and one piece of basil onto a toothpick.

Do the same with the remainder of the ingredients until they are all gone.

Makes 12 servings (2 “skewers” per serving)

1 SmartPoint on the Weight Watchers FreeStyle Plan

As you can see, this is a perfect easy appetizer, snack, or side dish! Using a low-fat part-skim mozzarella can keep the points low while still giving you the flavor you want. We love serving these as appetizers whenever we have an event or party, but they are also excellent alongside a nice grilled chicken breast or even an Italian salmon dish.

Combine the garlic, salt, pepper flakes, and olive oil in a medium saucepan (or glass bowl if you are microwaving). Cook on medium-low until the garlic is golden. If microwaving, microwave on high until the garlic is golden (about 2 min in my microwave). Be careful not to burn. Cool to room temperature. Add the mozzarella and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, anywhere up to 24 hours.

Put a cherry tomato onto a skewer, wrap a bocconcini in a basil leaf and add to the skewer, making sure the skewer passes through the basil leaf in two places so it remains around the cheese. Then finish with another cherry tomato.

Repeat with the remaining cheese and tomatoes, dividing them up into 3 or 4 portions (the nutritional info is calculated for 4 portions, which is 3 mozzarella balls per person) , save the remaining oil for a dipping sauce and serve with a small bowl of kosher salt.

To modify this you could substitute partial skim milk mozzarella instead of whole milk. I haven't been able to find fresh mozzarella that isn't made from whole milk, so that is what I have used in the calculator. You COULD try this with regular mozzarella, but you will not get the full wonderful effect. If you've never eaten fresh mozzarella you're missing out!

For an even lower fat version, substitute balsamic vinegar with a touch of oil for the oil mixture. Do not marinate as long, as balsamic vinegar is very strong. Keep in mind that balsamic contains sugar, so use sparingly. You could also use your favorite low fat italian dressing. I just prefer the oil mixture.

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

2011 has been a roller coaster of a year for my family and I, one I wish I could have stepped off of before the year began. The year started as a blur, my mind in a complete fog. We buried dad New Year’s Eve and the following months would prove to challenge me in unexpected ways which I’m still dealing with and slowly processing. Mom moved into our “cozy” home, a home my husband and I bought eleven years ago. When we bought this place it was a complete fixer, pink bathroom tile included. It was a seller’s housing market back then and even the dumpiest of homes commanded premium dollars. But we were newly married with a determined vision. Together, we would roll up our sleeves and work on remodeling our house one room every year as our budget allowed. The sweat equity would eventually pay off as years went by. All my cake decorating experience would serve me well when it came to smoothing out drywall puddy. As a contractor friend once told me, if you can frost a cake smooth, smoothing drywall will be a cinch for you.

Slowly but surely our ugly, dumpy home started to transform into something beautiful and permanent. We gutted rooms, opened up walls, designed our kitchen, and added finishing touches like crown molding throughout the house. The process in which our home turned into a butterfly from a lowly caterpillar has been a remarkable journey of perseverance and celebration. This has been the only home my three children have ever known and our plans were to stay here until they were old enough to move out on their own. But sometimes life circumstances have a pesky way of changing plans.

After dad’s death mom came to live with us. At first it felt like we were hosting a guest. But her extended stay became a reality check that our “cozy” home with one bathroom suddenly has become too cozy. Three adults plus three children plus one bathroom equals a lot of waiting and conflict. Over the years Rob and I discussed pushing our home back and expanding our house. Although this option would address the bathroom issue, it did not make sense from other perspectives, especially from a financial point of view. Over the years I would “window shop” homes online to see if any homes peaked our interest within our price range. It would take a special home to tempt us to leave ours. Last month I spotted a beautiful home which caught my eye. I forwarded the link to my husband who laughed the whole thing off. We had been through this song and dance before with two other homes in the last few years. He gave me his typical response, “Oh ya, that’s a nice home. What’s for dinner?” But I insisted, we, at the very least call our realtor to go take a look. So we went to look at this house without any real seriousness to it other than to satisfy my curiosity. The home was as beautiful as I thought it would be with plenty of space for a growing family including mom. This made my husband very nervous. I think he was secretly hoping I would walk through this home and that would be the end of our discussion. But this wasn’t the case. The next thing I knew we were signing real estate forms making an official offer which was accepted by the seller. The following week our current house went on the market and we received a full price offer the same day it listed. Pricing to sell really does work despite the current (depressing) Seattle real estate market.

So we’re moving – Rob, the kids, mom, and me. Our new home is not very far from where we live now except we will live closer to our daughters’ school. We close right before school starts and we are busy packing our belongings, de-cluttering items, and savoring our last few weeks in this home we’ve come to love along with our amazing neighbors. In fact, it is bittersweet we leave our neighborhood solely based on our neighbors and the strong sense of community we’ve been a part of for over a decade. They will be a wonderful unexpected gift to the new owners of our house and have a special place in our hearts forever.

In the mean time, I’ve been doing less cooking around here. We’ve been trying to keep our house clean and I’ve been preparing really quick and easy dishes to keep me sane through this process. Although it has been a little quiet around here on Savory Sweet Life, once we move into our new home I promise I’ll get to posting more regularly. In the mean time, here is a recipe for Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad. I’ve been enjoying this salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is something about ripe cherry tomotoes and mini “pearl” mozzerella balls I have found to be irrisistable. Add slivers of fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper, and this salad represents the essence of summer. Enjoy!

Tomato mozzarella skewers

super easy and delicious summer party snack

  • Author:Gabi Rupp
  • Prep Time: 6
  • Total Time: 6 minutes


  • 24 fresh mozzarella balls
  • 48 cherry tomatoes
  • 24 basil leaves
  • 24 toothpicks
  • some salt and pepper
  • balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • extra virgin olive oil (optional)


  1. Slide one tomato on the stick, add a mozzarella ball and finish with a basil leaf.
  2. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Arrange on a round plate and put the remaining vegetables in the middle.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (optional)


Tip: Right before serving, drizzle a bit of Balsamic vinegar and/or olive oil over the finger food

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Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Skewers

6 people for tapas
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Category: Vegetarian

125 g (5 oz) small mozzarella balls
200 g (7 oz) cherry tomatoes
basil, fresh
toothpicks or wooden skewers

1. Rinse the cherry tomatoes and cut them in half.
2. Place a small mozzarella ball in-between the two tomato halves.
3. Put a small wooden skewer/toothpick or similar through the tomato and mozzarella.
4. Finally put a leaf of fresh basil on the skewer.

Tomato & Mozzarella Caprese Skewers

  • shellfish-free
  • kidney-friendly
  • fish-free
  • alcohol-free
  • vegetarian
  • peanut-free
  • pork-free
  • pescatarian
  • sugar-conscious
  • gluten-free
  • wheat-free
  • soy-free
  • egg-free
  • red-meat-free
  • low-carb
  • Calories 137
  • Fat 10.1 g (15.6%)
  • Saturated 4.3 g (21.3%)
  • Carbs 4.7 g (1.6%)
  • Fiber 1.3 g (5.2%)
  • Sugars 2.6 g
  • Protein 7.5 g (14.9%)
  • Sodium 297.8 mg (12.4%)


ciliegine (cherry-sized) mozzarella

Flaky salt and freshly ground black pepper


Wash and dry the tomatoes. Fold a large basil leaf around the tomato, then spear on a 4-inch-long skewer or toothpick. Add a mozzarella ball to the toothpick. Repeat.

If desired, whisk the pesto with enough olive oil to form a thin sauce, and drizzle over the skewers. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over them.

Recipe Notes

You will probably have some leftover tomatoes you can get creative and add a second tomato to each skewer if you want a bigger bite.

If the mozzarella balls are marinated in herbs and oil, as my Costco-sourced mozzarella was when I made these for a wedding, skip the pesto entirely.

These can be made up to 24 hours ahead and stored in the refrigerator. The basil does wilt a little, but they still look fine.

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Mozzarella & Tomato Caprese Skewers (Gluten-Free)

A new recurring event that I am participating in is a Farmer’s Market Virtual Supper with a group of food bloggers in the San Francisco Bay Area. We divided up into two groups, each creating a meal that you can make for your friends and family.

The members of each group are assigned a course, we choose what we will make and share it with you and each participant’s readers. This virtual supper menu can be made with ingredients found at our local farmer’s market. It is fun to stretch our own culinary creativity and see what our friends come up with!

Perfectly ripe cherry tomatoes

This month I was assigned the appetizer course. There are so many tempting things in the market that it was hard to pick just one to share with you. With all the beautiful tomatoes showing up, I couldn’t resist showcasing them for this supper. There is no better way to let them shine than combining them with fresh basil and mozzarella cheese. Simple, fresh, and delicious, it is my favorite flavor combination.

Traditional Caprese salad is usually served with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella sliced and studded with basils leaves and drizzled with a light vinaigrette. To make this easier to serve for a buffet, I decided to turn the ingredients into skewers that are really fun to eat and simple to manage if you are having a party where people will be eating off plates on their laps.

Fresh basil is the perfect accompaniment to the tomatoes and mozzarella!

While the typical salad is drizzled with vinaigrette, which would be challenging with skewers, so I decided to lightly marinate the ingredients instead. A few minutes soaking in the vinaigrette will add tremendous flavor to the mozzarella and tomatoes. I used a dressing made with balsamic vinegar that added a yellow color to the mozzarella. If you want to keep them whiter, use lemon juice or light vinegar instead of the balsamic.

The skewers I used are called “picks” and are about 5-inches long. They make any foods more festive! You can use a simpler version with a twisted top if you prefer. If you can’t find the fancy ones, regular bamboo skewers will work just fine.

Bocconcini are tiny balls of fresh mozzarella

All the farmers’ markets will have tomatoes and basil this time of the year, but if yours does not have a cheese vendor, you can buy the bocconcini at your local grocer. Bocconcini are miniature fresh mozzarella balls. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s usually keep them in stock. If you can only find the large balls of fresh mozzarella, you can cut those into small bite-sized pieces and use those in place of the bocconcini.

This is one of the simplest appetizers to put together, and one that all your guests will love. While tomatoes are at the peak of their season in the heat of summer, make these skewers for your barbecues, dinner parties, or family reunions. They make a stunning addition to a buffet table or being passed at the table. And if you have children at the party, they will love how everything is just their size!

Make sure you check out all the recipes from the other members of the team for a beautiful full summer supper menu!

Members of this Farmer’s Market Virtual Supper group and their shared recipes:



Warm Green Bean and Tomato Salad by Renee Chatham, Creative Mama, Messy House

Side Dish

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower by Marlene Baird, Nosh My Way



Marinated cheese picks up color from the balsamic dressing

The second group has also posted. Here are their beautiful recipes for another delightful Farmer’s Market Supper!

Entree: Eggplant Pesto Parmesan Casserole by The Wimpy Vegetarian

Side Dish: Summertime Vegetarian Stir-Fry by Peanut Butter and Peppers

Dessert: Peachy Keen Ice Cream Sandwiches by Fork and Swoon

Gluten-Free Tips:

This dish is naturally gluten-free, but as always check the labels or ask the merchant to be sure there aren’t any hidden gluten ingredients in anything.

Watch the video: συνταγή: Πικάντικα σουβλάκια κοτόπουλου με σως ντομάτας (January 2022).