Caprese Skewers

published Jul 2, 2024
Caprese Skewers Recipe

In-season cherry tomatoes, fresh mini mozzarella balls, and sweet basil are skewered and served with a tangy balsamic glaze.

Serves8

Makes18 to 18

Prep15 minutes

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Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Kelli Foster

At a time where practically every ingredient is available year-round, there’s still some produce that I devour every summer. Tomatoes are at the very top of that list, because no winter tomato could ever hope to compare to a summer tomato’s vibrant color and juicy flavor. For me, summer always starts with tomato toast and moves rapidly on to tomato salad, tomato pie, and tomato sauce (we’ve got you covered if you need even more ideas for using fresh summer tomatoes).

Caprese salad is a must on my summer tomato bucket list, and here’s a fresh idea on how to serve this summer classic at summer parties: Instead of serving the tomatoes and mozzarella sliced, thread bite-sized tomatoes, ciliegine or cherry-sized mozzarella balls, and fragrant basil onto skewers. These party-perfect picks are a fun way to serve the freshest flavors of the season. 

Why You’ll Love It

  • It still has all the elements of a classic caprese salad. If you usually serve caprese salad in the traditional manner made with thick slices of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and sweet basil, you’ll love this recipe. All of the same elements are stacked on appetizer picks and drizzled with balsamic glaze.
  • Caprese skewers are so simple to make. This five-ingredient appetizer requires no cooking. And it’s easy for helpers of almost any age to assemble the skewers.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Kelli Foster

Key Ingredients in Caprese Skewers

  • Tomatoes: Cherry and grape tomatoes are bursting with sweet summer flavor. If your tomatoes are large, assemble the skewers with just one tomato and basil leaf.
  • Fresh mozzarella: Look for ciliegine or cherry-sized balls of fresh mozzarella cheese, which are the perfect size. Mozzarella pearls are too small, while bocconcini are too large.
  • Basil leaves: Pick medium-sized leaves, folding them in half if large.
  • Balsamic glaze: It’s easy to make your own balsamic glaze, but store-bought is fine here too. 

How to Make Caprese Skewers

  1. Assemble the skewers. Thread a cherry or grape tomato, basil leaf, cherry-sized fresh mozzarella ball, another basil leaf, and tomato onto each 4-inch skewer.
  2. Garnish the skewers. Drizzle the skewers with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze, and season with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt.

Helpful Swaps

You can use marinated cherry-sized fresh mozzarella balls (ciliegine) in place of the unmarinated variety. Instead of drizzling with plain extra-virgin olive oil, use the marinade to add even more flavor to the final skewers.

Grape and cherry tomatoes can be used interchangeably in this recipe, and while red tomatoes are most common, I recommend using the freshest tomatoes of any color.

Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: Kelli Foster

Storage and Make-Ahead Tips 

You can assemble the skewers up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerate. Just note that the tomatoes taste best when kept at room temperature and the basil may wilt slightly. Wait until ready to serve before drizzling with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze. 

What to Serve with Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers Recipe

In-season cherry tomatoes, fresh mini mozzarella balls, and sweet basil are skewered and served with a tangy balsamic glaze.

Prep time 15 minutes

Makes 18 to 18

Serves 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 16 to 18 (4-inch)

    wooden skewers

  • 1 pint

    cherry or grape tomatoes

  • 1 (12-ounce) container

    miniature cherry-sized fresh mozzarella balls (ciliegine)

  • 1 bunch

    fresh basil leaves (about 36 leaves)

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

  • Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Thread the following onto 16 to 18 (4-inch) wooden skewers, threading in the following order for each one: 1 tomato, 1 fresh basil leaf (folded in half if large), 1 miniature fresh mozzarella ball, 1 fresh basil leaf, and 1 tomato. Arrange the skewers on a serving platter. Drizzle lightly with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze, then season with kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

Recipe Notes

Ingredient substitutions: If using marinated mozzarella, drizzle the skewers with the mozzarella marinade instead of the extra-virgin olive oil if desired.

Make ahead: The skewers can be assembled up to 24 hours ahead and refrigerated. The basil may wilt slightly. Drizzle with the oil and balsamic glaze right before serving.

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.