If you’re a fan of Caprese salad, you’re going to love these easy Caprese Bites with Balsamic Drizzle. And if you’re not familiar with the Caprese salad, let me fill you in. Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad that layers together thick slices of fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. Some top it with extra-virgin olive oil, but that is not required. I love this salad in the summer when the tomatoes and basil are fresh from the garden.
Just as good, is when I have lots of cherry or grape tomatoes available. Since I can’t layer them with slices of mozzarella very easily, I simply cut the fresh mozzarella balls into smaller pieces or use a smaller size. I cut the cherry tomatoes in half and wrapped a fresh basil leaf around both. And instead of oil, I top these Caprese bites with a little balsamic drizzle.
The flavors all blend together perfectly – sweet cherry tomatoes, mild and creamy mozzarella, and the wonderful flavor of fresh basil. And the balsamic drizzle adds just a touch of tanginess. They disappear as soon as they are passed around the table. Too quick. It seems you always want just one more bite, one more taste. Seriously, these Caprese Bites are the best summer appetizer!
So if you have fresh tomatoes and fresh basil, use them now. Savor these healthy, fresh flavors of summer. They don’t last long. Put out a plate of these Caprese Bites and watch them disappear.
What makes this a healthy appetizer?
For starters, you’ve got tomatoes which are low in calories but packed full of nutrients like Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Mozzarella cheese adds a touch of good quality protein. And fresh basil adds in some Vitamin K. When you package all this in a delicious, low-calorie appetizer, you have a winner.
Can I make Caprese Bites dairy-free?
Yes! Simply use your favorite fresh non-dairy cheese, like goat cheese. Just choose one that’s softer, like fresh mozzarella.
Caprese Bites with Balsamic Drizzle
- 1 pint Cherry or grape tomatoes **See Note
- 2 handful Fresh basil
- 8 oz. Fresh mozzarella balls
- 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
- Wash tomatoes and basil and set on clean paper towels to dry. Slice mozzarella balls into 3 or 4 slices each. Cut tomatoes in half. ** (see note)
- Poke one end of a larger basil leaf with a toothpick, slide on a tomato half and a slice of the mozzarella ball. Wrap the tomato and mozzarella with basil by poking the other end of the basil leaf with the toothpick.
- Set each skewer on a plate and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
**Note: If your cherry or grape tomatoes are on the small side leave them whole instead of cutting in half.
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