Simple Caprese Salad Skewers


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These tasty Caprese Salad Skewers are a quick and easy appetizer to make in minutes! Juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, fresh basil, and homemade balsamic glaze make a simple, yet impressive party food!

Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil on small wooden skewers are drizzled with balsamic glaze and served on a white platter. //

Simple and delicious appetizers like these fresh, fun Caprese Salad Skewers are always on my favorites list for entertaining! They are quick and easy, are made with just a few ingredients, and take less than 15 minutes to make! Whether I’m serving these at a large party or a casual cookout with friends, I know that my guests will love these appetizers! And even though they only take minutes to make, I love that I can prep them ahead to make entertaining even easier!

How to Make Caprese Salad Skewers

These caprese salad skewers give you a fresh and interesting way to serve the much-loved caprese salad. They come together in minutes and can also be made ahead. Here’s how to make them.


Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

Caprese salad appetizer ingredients of fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, bamboo skewers, mozzarella balls and a container of homemade balsamic glaze on a stone countertop //

To make these salad skewers, you will need:

  • cherry tomatoes – Can also use grape tomatoes or a small, snacking salad tomato. Make sure ripe, but not overly so that they are firm.
  • mozzarella balls – you can also cut a block of mozzarella into small cubes
  • basil – fresh, whole basil leaves
  • balsamic glaze – Use my homemade recipe or your favorite store-bought
  • salt and pepper – I use kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 4 inch bamboo skewers
Baking sheet layerred with parchment holds bamboo skewered small tomatoes, mozzarella and basil //

Step-by-Step Instructions

Prep. Start by preparing a parchment lined baking sheet if making ahead of a serving tray if serving immediately.

Assemble. Place cherry/grape tomato on end of skewer, then carefully skewer one tip of a basil leaf, followed by piece of mozzarella, followed by the other tip of the basil leaf. Follow with a second tomato.

Refrigerate or Place on Platter. If making ahead, place lid on baking sheet or wrap airtight and place in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just right before serving, drizzle with balsamic glaze as directed and serve.

Serve. When ready to serve, plate them on a large platter and then drizzle them with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with salt and pepper. They are stunning on a large white serving platter. And I advise you to always make a few more than you think you’ll need, because they go fast!

A white serving dish holds wooden party skewers layered with alternating small tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil leaves. All are drizzled with balsamic glaze. //

Party-planning tip

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the skewers on as they are assembled, withholding the balsamic glaze. If you have baking sheets with lids, they can be stacked in the refrigerator. If you don’t have lids, separate the layers of skewers with sheets of parchment, then wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator.

Caprese Salad Skewers served on a white dish //

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does caprese mean?

Caprese is Italian for “Insalata Caprese” and is a classic Italian salad made with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, olive oil and salt and pepper.

What can be used if you don’t have fresh basil?

You can use fresh baby spinach, even though it will be delicious, it won’t have the same aromatic qualities of basil.

Here’s my Caprese Salad Skewers Recipe. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Simple Caprese Salad Skewers

5 from 1 vote
These tasty Caprese Salad Skewers are a quick and easy appetizer to make in minutes! Juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, fresh basil, and homemade balsamic glaze make a simple, yet impressive party food!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings



  • 48 grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 24 balls mozzarella cheese
  • 24 fresh basil leaves
  • balsamic glaze
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper


  • Place 1 grape tomato on end of skewer. Carefully skewer one tip of the basil leaf onto the skewer followed by the mozzarella cheese and then the other end of the basil leaf. Add a second tomato onto the end of the skewer and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet if making ahead or a serving tray if serving immediately.
  • Repeat until all skewers have been assembled. 
  • When ready to serve, drizzle Caprese Salad Skewers with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with salt and pepper.


Make-Ahead Instructions:
Assemble Caprese Salad Skewers without adding balsamic glaze and salt and pepper. Store in the refrigerator on a parchment-lined baking sheet wrapped with plastic wrap or another airtight container for up to 3 days.
For serving, transfer to a serving platter and drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. 


Serving: 2skewers | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 148mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 15.7mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011.

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  1. Bob Wall says:

    Why is my first thought, “How can I grill or smoke these?”

  2. Elise Johnson says:

    Caprese Skewers! What a great idea, Robin! and perfect for the this weekend, too! Thanks!

  3. Elizabeth of AsianinAmericamag says:

    Terrific idea for those delicious summer tomatoes ! I love it ! Thanks for sharing!