Caprese Salad Skewers Recipe

Caprese Salad Skewers Recipe
Staff Writer
caprese skewers

Molly Aronica

caprese skewers

Caprese salad is about as classic and simple as a dish can get, which is why presenting it in a less-than-expected way can add an extra special touch. Layering the essential elements — fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil — on toothpicks looks great and also makes it easy for your guests to grab the perfect bite. 

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For the skewers:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (or any other small variety, such as grape tomatoes)
  • Fresh basil leaves (try to find a bunch with smaller leaves)
  • ½ pound small fresh mozzarella balls (also known as bocconcini)
  • Toothpicks

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


For the skewers:

Carefully pierce one end of a tomato with a toothpick and slide it down to the opposite end, making sure not to burst the tomato. Add a basil leaf to the skewer, followed by a ball of mozzarella — there should be about ¼-inch of space left on each end of the toothpick. Repeat the skewer assembly until all of the salad ingredients are used. Arrange them on a serving plate or bowl and set aside. 

For the vinaigrette:

Add the mustard to a small bowl then add the olive oil in a steady stream, whisking until the mustard and oil are well combined. Whisk in the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately alongside the caprese skewers. 

Caprese Salad Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Caprese Salad Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.