Bite-Sized Caprese Appetizers

Caprese appetizers from Our Best Bites

So this recipe is hardly reinventing the wheel–if you haven’t eaten it, you’ve almost certainly seen it. But sometimes some things are so good and so seasonally perfect that you just need a little reminder.

In case you can’t keep Sara and me straight, Sara is the one who loves to garden and I am the one who kills plants. I love the idea of a garden, but I just can’t get excited about the maintenance.

My problem is that I love fresh herbs. I love the smell, I love that they attract things like bees and butterflies, I love how cheap they are, especially when buying fresh herbs at the grocery store is ridiculously expensive.

We’re also about to hit peak tomato season for most of the country (it started happening in the South a few weeks ago), so if you have a garden, chances are good that you have more tomatoes and basil than you know what to do with. We’re here to help.

For the skewers, you’re going to need bite-sized tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes), fresh basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella balls. You’ll find them in the deli section of the grocery store and they look like this:

Caprese appetizers from Our Best Bites








Take a toothpick and skewer a tomato…

Caprese appetizers from Our Best Bites

Then add a basil leaf…

Caprese appetizers from Our Best Bites


and a mozzarella ball.

Caprese appetizers from Our Best Bites


Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Caprese appetizers from Our Best Bites

Then you’ll need to make the dressing. You’re going to need balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and fresh garlic.

Caprese appetizers from Our Best Bites















Combine the vinegar and the olive oil…

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and whisk in 1 clove of minced garlic. Drizzle it over the appetizers and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

Caprese appetizers from Our Best Bites


Bite-Sized Caprese Appetizer
Serves 24
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  1. 24 grape tomatoes
  2. 24 fresh mini mozzarella balls
  3. 24 fresh basil leaves
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  6. 1 clove minced garlic
  7. kosher salt
  8. freshly ground black pepper
  9. 24 toothpicks
  1. Place a tomato, basil leaf, and mozzarella ball on each toothpick. Place on a serving plate or tray.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and garlic and drizzle over the appetizers. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. To eat, bite everything off the toothpick all at once.
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  1. We LOVE the tiny mozzarella balls that come in a round package. They’re about the size of a marble. YUM!

  2. costco also has mozzarella balls that are already seasoned that would be tasty here too- but then you wouldn’t be using the fab OBB recipe.

  3. I love that you specified how they are to be eaten. As if we needed to be told to eat them in one delicious bite. 😉

  4. I’ve actually never seen these before…but I don’t get out much. 😉 I love fresh mozzarella and garden tomatoes, so I would love to give these a try. The gorgeous bright colors remind me of the Italian flag!

  5. If you cut the tomatoes in half and put them on the end, you can make all of the items on the toothpick stand up (ie mozzarella, basil, half tomato with cut side down on the table). We love this as an app works great every time!

  6. I just made these on Friday, minus the dressing. I made my own fresh mozzarella, which to me makes all the difference. 🙂 Good stuff, Maynard!

  7. This looks amazing and just in time for party planning for my daughter’s birthday party. These are okay to leave out on the table for a couple of hours, right?

  8. I love these! Can’t wait to make them. I have to tell you I was at Gygi’s in SLC on Saturday picking up some flavored syrups for the Italian sodas you guys posted last week. I really wanted to try the Tiger’s blood, but I couldn’t find any coconut syrup. I finally asked the manager (I think) and he told me they couldn’t keep it in stock. They had just unloaded a pallet and it was already gone. He said “everybody’s making those Dirty Cokes!” It made me laugh cause I knew exactly what he was talking about. And now I really want to try the Dirty Coke…as soon as I can get my hands on some coconut syrup…

  9. The caprese looks delicious and so easy to do! They are the perfect accompaniment to almost any meal and they are not messy, they are easy to eat and perfect for any occasion. We grow our own basil and have another great recipe to use it for. I like the idea shared by Katie about cutting the tomatoes in half – brilliant!

    Thanks for the recipe!


    Rosana Santos Calambichis, President

  10. I just moved to the south from Ohio with my husband! It’s so hot and humid here while back home temps are in the mid 70s and low 50s at night… seriously?! We leased an apt and I was wondering if you (or anyone reading this) has experience with growing fresh herbs in pots indoors? I use them often but I have no idea how to do this. Or if it’s possible. Any advice would help 🙂

  11. Made these the other day for a work party; everyone loved them! Said these little cuties are the perfect bite. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. YUM! I love the fresh herbs in this one. My kids love a similar appetizer we do using string cheese cut into cubes, grape tomatoes, and green olives. Will have to try this with the basil though! Either way, these are festive for the holidays, but fresh & light for summer.

  13. Making these this weekend for a friends 50th birthday celebration 🙂 Easy, quick, and healthy! How can you go wrong?

  14. Great for make ahead simply wrap them well in plastic and set aside the dressing for when you serve, then drizzle. Delicious, Easy, Quick, Healthy and colorful. You can’t go wrong.

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