What Are Caprese Skewers?
These caprese skewers are the best salad ever, made on sticks! They make for the perfect appetizer for any party, and are so easily portable as well.
If every salad is as delicious as these caprese salad sticks, everyone will be happily eating salad every day!
Caprese Salad Recipe
The traditional Caprese salad uses sweet and juicy cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes, mini mozzarella balls, and fresh Italian basil leaves.
Then, you drizzle on extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and top with salt and ground black pepper.
To sum up, the recipe is so easy and with no cooking involved. You can prepare these sticks in 10 minutes!
Ingredients for Caprese Skewers
Caprese skewers call for the simple ingredients below:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Grape tomatoes
- Mini mozzarella balls, cherry size
- Fresh Italian basil leaves
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt and ground black pepper
The Origin of Caprese
Called Insalata Caprese in Italian, its name literally translates to salad of Capri, so it is thought to be originated from the island.
The colors of Italian flag are represented in this dish: green, white and red, just like Pizza Margherita.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Pronounce Caprese Salad?
In English, “caprese” is pronounced /kəˈpɹeɪzi/ (or kuh-PRAY-zee).
Can You Grill Caprese Skewers?
Yes, you can certainly grill the skewers if you like. Brush the skewers with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
For the best result, grill for quick 30 seconds, then turn over and grill the other side until slightly charred. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar after grilling.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 76 calories per serving.
What to Serve with This Recipe?
Serve this dish with protein or main dish. For a healthy meal or party/entertaining, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 12 fresh mozzarella balls, 1/3 oz. cherry size (BelGioioso All-Natural Cheese Fresh Mozzarella Ciliegine)
- 12 large fresh basil leaves
- 12 grape tomatoes
- extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- Thread 1 cherry tomato, 2 mozzarella balls, 2 basil leaves and 1 grape tomato on a wooden or bamboo skewer or toothpick. Repeat to make the remaining skewers.
- Arrange the skewers on a platter and drizzle with the olive oil, follow by balsamic vinegar. Season generously with salt and pepper and serve. The skewers may be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 hours; serve chilled or at room temperature.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast Series, Small Plates, by Brigit Binns (Oxmoor House, 2007).
Serving Size12 skewers
Amount Per Serving Calories 76Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 10mgSodium 23mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 5g