Bite-Sized Caprese Appetizers

Tomato, basil, and mozzarella, drizzled with a garlic, oil, and vinegar. This Bite-Sized Caprese Appetizers 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.

Ingredient Notes

  • Skewers – Toothpicks work great here. If you’re feeling fancy, most stores carry extra long toothpicks with ornate tops and other small skewers on the
  • Tomatoes – Cherry, grape, sun-gold, etc.- any variety of bite-sized tomato works great here, including the ones that come in a variety pack with multiple colors.
  • Basil – You may find fresh basil sold by the other refrigerated herbs, but most often it is sold as a living plant and stocked near the tomatoes.
  • Mozzarella – For this recipe you’re going to look for the small, fresh mozzarella balls. They are sometimes sold in little packs of 3 for snacking, or in a tub. You’ll find them in the deli section of the grocery store and they usually look like this (look for mozzarella packed only in water, no extra ingredients like seasoning and herbs):

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How to Make Bite-Sized Caprese Appetizers

  1. Take a toothpick and skewer a tomato…

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  2. Then add a basil leaf…

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  3. And then a mozzarella ball. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

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  4. Then you’ll need to make the dressing. You’re going to combine balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh garlic.

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  5. Drizzle the dressing over the appetizers and sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

Serving Suggestions

Planning a party? Here are some other great appetizers that would complement these Caprese bites, as well as some other options with a similar flavor profile:


  • How far in advance can I make these appetizers? These come together so quickly that they usually aren’t hard to make close to serving time, but if you’ve got your hands full with more complicated dishes these can definitely be prepped up to 24 hours in advance. For best results, store assembled skewers in a single layer on a paper towel-lined tray to catch any moisture from the tomatoes, and covered in plastic wrap. Drizzle dressing and salt and pepper on right before serving.
  • How long can these appetizers sit out for guests? As a general rule, cheese can be safely left out of the refrigerator for up to two hours, but the texture of the mozzarella might decline the longer it’s left out. If you are serving these outside on a warm day, consider laying the tray on a bed of ice to keep them cool. And honestly, they are so tasty that they probably won’t be sitting there very long, anyway!

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Bite-Sized Caprese Appetizers

  • Author: Our Best Bites
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 appetizers
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: No cook


Tomato, basil, and mozzarella, drizzled with a garlic, oil, and vinegar. An excellent, easy appetizer for any occasion requiring finger food.


24 grape tomatoes
24 fresh mini mozzarella balls
24 fresh basil leaves
1  1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1  1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove minced garlic
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
24 toothpicks


Place a tomato, basil leaf, and mozzarella ball on each toothpick. Place on a serving plate or tray.

Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and garlic and drizzle over the appetizers. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

To eat, bite everything off the toothpick all at once.


  • Serving Size: 24

Keywords: Appetizers, tomatoes, basil, garden tomatoes, garden herbs, Caprese





  1. 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?

    1. Yes, I’ve made them and you could leave out for a while. I use the balsamic glaze raspberry flavor instead making the olive oil concoction. Just drizzle olive over them the glaze

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  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. 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.

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