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Mini Caprese Skewers Recipe (No Cook Vegetarian Appetizer)

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These mini caprese skewers are a fantastic make ahead appetizer – with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and a simple vinegar and oil marinade. This no-cook recipe is ready in just 5 minutes and has only 6 ingredients total, making this a easy dish to bring to a party, BBQ, or cookout!

I make this easy vegetarian appetizer every time we have guests over – and it always goes fast!  It’s great all year long – whether your entertaining in February, July, or December, these mini tomato basil skewers always hit the spot.

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I had some friends over this weekend to watch my all time favorite movie (Hard Ticket to Hawaii anyone?!) and whipped up a batch of these delicious skewers before everyone got to the house. When I say these are my go-to appetizer, I mean I make these every time I have people over. Everyone loves them, they are fancy, and these little vegetarian skewers always go fast.

Not only are these caprese skewers delicious – they are absolutely perfect finger food for guests. We’re always mindful (especially now!) to serve guests with individual snacks instead of communal bowls. Everyone can grab a few of their own skewers, and join the party.

I’ve made a larger version with full-sized skewers, but I find that these bites with mini toothpicks are the perfect amount. Just 1 tomato, a basil leaf, and 1 mozzarella ball are the perfect bite!

These Mini Caprese Skewers Are

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Herby
  • Tangy
  • Easy to Prep
  • Great to Make Ahead
  • Vegetarian & Gluten Free!
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A Great Make-Ahead Avocado Pasta Salad for Entertaining

This mini Caprese skewers recipe is fantastic to make ahead of time for a party, potluck, or gathering. Making this recipe in advance allows you to skip any cooking or prep on the day-of.

This is a great recipe to entertain with, or bring to an event. A crowd-pleaser that everyone is sure to love! Check out my other make ahead meals too.

What’s In These Mini Tomato Basil Skewers?

See the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Cherry Tomatoes – which are the perfect size on these toothpicks!
  • Fresh Basil – I love buying a big package of fresh basil, and using the extra leaves to make my favorite pesto sauce with almonds.
  • Fresh Mozzarella – I used ciliegine mozzarella (which means cherry-sized) the same size as the tomatoes. 
  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar: I use an aged balsamic vinegar because it has a really great flavor and a nice consistency for this recipe!
  • Really Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea salt & black pepper
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How Do I Make These Individual Tomato Basil Skewers?

  1. Wash your tomatoes, drain the mozzarella, and pick the basil leaves from the stem. 
  2. Take a toothpick and skewer a tomato, a basil leaf, and the mozzarella on the bottom (so the mozzarella can marinate). 
  3. Place the mini skewers in a dish with at least a 1-inch lip. Repeat until all the tomatoes/cheese are finished.
  4. Pour the balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the skewers, and add salt and pepper.
  5. Serve immediately, or make up to 24 hours ahead of time.

How To Grow Basil Indoors, All Year!

Fresh basil is one of the key ingredients in this fresh appetizer recipe.

We got this great countertop Aerogarden which is fantastic for growing herbs in the winter.  We actually got it when we lived in a smaller apartment, but even now that we own an acreage we still use it year-round! 

I love growing herbs on my countertop like fresh basil, dill, mint, sage, thyme, parsley, and lemon balm – perfect for this cucumber salad. It uses LED lights and water, so no messy soil needed – you can have fresh herbs at your fingertips any time.

I love picking a few springs of parsley to chop on pastas, adding basil leaves to soups, and tossing some dill in with my pasta salads. It also makes a great gift for anyone who would like fresh herbs… no big kitchen or green thumb required!

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Mini Caprese Skewers

Kelly Jensen
These mini caprese skewers are a fantastic make ahead appetizer – with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and a simple vinegar and oil marinade. This no-cook recipe is ready in just 5 minutes and has only 6 ingredients total, making this a easy dish to bring to a party, BBQ, or cookout!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 12 servings
Calories 167 kcal

Equipment

  • Toothpicks

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces fresh mozzarella balls ciliegine
  • 16 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 4 ounces fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash your tomatoes, drain the mozzarella, and pick the basil leaves from the stem.
  • Take a toothpick and skewer a tomato, a basil leaf, and the mozzarella on the bottom (so the mozzarella can marinate).
  • Place the mini skewers in a dish with at least a 1-inch lip. Repeat until all the tomatoes/cheese are finished.
  • Pour the balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the skewers, and add salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately, or make up to 24 hours ahead of time.

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Nutrition

Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 243mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 939IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 213mgIron: 1mg
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