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Mar 26, 2022

Mini Caprese Salad Skewers

These mini caprese salad skewers are the perfect little appetizer for an Italian-themed dinner party. This appetizer dish is fresh, easy, elegant, and tasty. 

Mini Caprese Salad Skewers on plates.

If you need a great appetizer for a party, or you need to bring a little dish to a potluck, think about making this dish. These little caprese salad skewers are so easy to make, and they hit the spot without filling up your guests before dinner. 

They're perfect for any time of the year, but especially during the summer when fresh local tomatoes are available or your herb garden is full of fresh basil. 

Mini Caprese Salad Skewers ingredients.

Ingredients in these Mini Caprese Salad Skewers:

Cherry or grape tomatoes: I like to buy the packages with a combination of little tomatoes in different colors. 

Fresh mozzarella cheese: I used fresh mozzarella that I cut into squares, but you could use the little mozzarella pearls that come in a container packed in liquid. Just put the tomato at the bottom of the skewer with the cut side down if you want the skewers to stand up on your platter. 

Fresh basil leaves: Home grown or from the herb section of your grocery store. 

Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vingaigrette: You could sprinkle them both over the skewers or drizzle them on the plate for dipping. 

Salt and pepper: Use a little bit of salt for the tomatoes and sprinkle the pepper lightly into the oil and vinegar. I also sometimes add some crushed red pepper. 

Mini Caprese Salad Skewers laying down on a plate.

They are easy to make in advance.. just keep them covered in the refrigerator and do the drizzle right before serving. 

Plus, they're so poppable!

You could also add a bit of prosciutto or a kalamata olive for an antipasto feel. 

Mini Caprese Salad Skewers on a plate.

Did you know that March 28th is National Something on a Stick Day? Hopefully, this only means food! 

I'm celebrating with these tiny caprese salads on little toothpicks! If you want to celebrate, be sure to check out the recipes on a stick from the Sunday Funday group, hosted by Mayuri's Jakoni

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Something On A Stick:

Mini Caprese Salad Skewers on a plate.

This is an updated post, originally published in December, 2012 and updated in March, 2022. I've added a printable recipe card, new information, and new photos. 

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Mini Caprese Salad Skewers

Mini Caprese Salad Skewers
Yield: 48 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 20 MinTotal time: 20 Min
These mini caprese salad skewers are the perfect little appetizer for an Italian-themed dinner party. This appetizer dish is fresh, easy, elegant, and tasty.


  • 24 grape tomatoes
  • Fleur de sel or Kosher salt
  • One bunch of fresh basil (48 leaves)
  • 8 to 12 ounces of fresh mozzarella, cut into 48 1/2 inch squares
  • Freshly ground pepper (I used a mix of black, pink, green, and white, but black pepper is fine)
  • Finishing quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Finishing quality balsamic vinegar
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. Slice the tomatoes in half widthwise, and sprinkle lightly with the salt.
  2. Cut stems off of the basil leaves.
  3. Add one tomato half, one basil leaf, and one mozzarella square to a small skewer or toothpick.
  4. Set aside on a serving dish and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.
  5. Lightly drizzle the skewers with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with the optional crushed red pepper.

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  1. I've done these and add a drizzle of balsamic reduction over the skewers.

  2. Made these for part of a picnic on a hiking date. They were a hit! Can't wait to make them again!

  3. Karen I am a huge fan of caprese salad and have always wanted to make mini caprese salad skewers. Didn't get any fresh basil leaves, but got some today. So definitely on the menu for this evening.

  4. ONe of my favorite things to serve on a stick.


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