Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Caprese salad is one of my absolute favorite dishes, and one that really epitomizes summer, in my opinion. It’s good every which way – splayed out on a plate, piled high, or in these little bites, smothered with the lovely marriage of a good-quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Fresh, juicy, colorful and flavorful… what’s not to love?

Not to mention, it can help make you friends!

I brought this bountiful plate to a happy hour gathering in our new neighborhood last Friday, where we met so many welcoming, friendly people (If you’re reading, hey neighbors!) while enjoying a lot of delicious dishes and drinks. I was paying more attention to our new friends than the food, but before I knew it, these bites were gone! Not only were they easy and quick to put together, but everyone seemed to enjoy them, too. Drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and assembled in 20 minutes, this was a simple, scrumptious little appetizer that will appeal to anyone!

In the future, I think I’ll add some proscuitto or sun dried tomatoes to the bites, but I think you’d agree they’re super delicious just as is. Try them the next time you have pals over or need to bring a fancy but non-fussy appetizer to the table!

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Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Yield: Makes 50 bites

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

Coarse salt

Freshly ground pepper

24 oz. cherry tomatoes, rinsed and pat dry

Fresh basil, about 20 leaves

16 oz. mozzarella ciliegine (small mozzarella balls), marinated in oil or resting in water

50 toothpicks, cocktail forks or small bamboo skewers

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a generous pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper. Whisk together and set aside.

Arrange ingredients and a platter for serving. Assemble the bites on a toothpick by starting with one basil leaf, then one cherry tomato, one mozzarella ball, and another basil leaf. Place on the platter and repeat process until no more ingredients remain.

Drizzle bites with the olive oil mixture and sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

To transport, cover tightly with plastic wrap and keep away from sun and heat. Can be made up to 1 day in advance; keep refrigerated.

Enjoy!

      

64 Responses to “Mini Caprese Salad Bites”

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — June 21, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    What a fabulous idea! I am sure the neighbors loved your salad and you!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — June 21, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Beautiful! These looks so summery and delicious!

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    meeshiesmom — June 21, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    I’ve made caprese salad this way before too! It’s perfect for a gathering! I’m so glad you are enjoying your new home!
    Karen

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    StephenC — June 21, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    We are huge fans of caprese. Your version looks marvelous.

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    savoringtoday.com — June 21, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Love caprese salad, what a lovely way to serve it!

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    Anonymous — June 21, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Isn’t this adapted from Matt Armendariz’s new book “On a Stick”?

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    Jenn — June 21, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    You can come to my neighborhood any day!! :)
    Love this idea…they look beautiful!

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    Angie's Recipes — June 21, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    What a colourful and delicious salad!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — June 21, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    Anonymous – No, his recipe is slightly different and includes sun dried tomato. Not every recipe on a skewer should be attributed to him just because of his book.

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    yummychunklet — June 21, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    How absolutely delicious does this look! I love Caprese salad in any form. Kudos!

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    brandi — June 21, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    i love this idea!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — June 21, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    What a perfect thing to bring to a picnic this summer. They’re so pretty and I love all those flavors together. I’m happy you’re settling into your new neighborhood. I think you’d be the kind of neighbor everyone would want, just based on the great food I’ve seen you post on here. :)

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    marla — June 21, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    Georgia, it is wonderful to hear you have been welcomed to your new neighborhood. These caprese sticks look wonderful. Great for summer parties and I would love some tucked inside my fridge for snacks too. Glad to see you again friend :)

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    eatgood4life.blogspot.com — June 21, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    This is my kind of dish. To begin with I love any kind of salad, but now with the summer almost here who wants to get in the kitchen and cook/bake anything? that would be me :-) Anyhow, love the color, arrangement and ingredients used in this salad!!

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) — June 21, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    What fantastic colors. This just sings summer.

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    Pam — June 21, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    I love serving these for appetizers… they are beautiful and delicious!

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    Greg — June 21, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    I love caprese salad any way you serve it. That said I LOVE the way you serve it. It’s like a salad, so pretty on the plate.

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — June 21, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    These are so pretty! Perfect for a summer buffet :)

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    Andrea @ From the Bookshelf — June 21, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    These look absolutely delightful! Love the salad anytime and this is so much fun and so pretty!

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    Roxana GreenGirl — June 21, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    These skewer salads are perfect for friend gatherings.
    Love the combo of fresh cheese, tomatoes and basil. Yummy!
    Thanks for sharing Georgia :)

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — June 21, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    I love the idea of making them easy to eat at a party by putting them on toothpicks! Fabulous thinking!

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    Kari — June 21, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    I will definitely be making these! You have the best photos on your site – like opening a magazine!

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    Emily Malloy — June 21, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    This is lovely!

    I adore your food photography. I wish I had your eye!

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    warmvanillasugar — June 21, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

    These are absolutely adorable! Love this idea!

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    Melissa @IWasBornToCook — June 21, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    I love doing caprese this way – it makes it so easy for people to eat, and it’s just as delicious!

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    Paula @ Cookware Cooking — June 21, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    What an excellent way to serve this delightful dish up! Snack and finger food all in one. My Italian husband loves caprese and will definitely want this.

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    Kelly — June 21, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    What a lovely blog! I make a similar salad but I like the presentation here in ‘nibble’ form with the toothpicks – very fun!

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    thefooddoctor — June 21, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    This looks amazing!
    summer on a plate!
    I love the picture!

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    Lynda @ TasteFood — June 21, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    These are so pretty. Food always tastes better on a stick!

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    Angela — June 22, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    So stinkin’ cute! I love it.

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    In Katrina's Kitchen — June 22, 2011 @ 2:27 am

    I am completely in love with this!

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    Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen — June 22, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    Wow! This is gorgeous!! My husband would love this since he was in Italy for 2 years on a mission. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Reese@SeasonwithSpice — June 22, 2011 @ 3:32 am

    Hi Georgia,

    Glad to have found your beautiful space. Love your presentation on this refreshing summery salad. Proscuitto would be a wonderful addition. May be some roasted pine nuts too?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — June 22, 2011 @ 3:37 am

    Hi Reese, thanks for stopping by! To me, roasted pine nuts seem too small to pierce with a toothpick, but if it worked, I think it would taste wonderful!

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    Victor — June 22, 2011 @ 4:29 am

    I didn’t know there was a specific name for this appetizer. What a lovely and colorful picture!

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    Maria — June 22, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    This looks so beautiful! Love the flavours!

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    Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen — June 22, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    This looks SO beautiful!! Cherry tomatoes are so pretty and delicious :)

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    Oui, Chef — June 22, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    What a great platter to bring to a BBQ, would have loved to have brought this to the opening of our beach club last weekend.

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    wendyweekendgourmet — June 22, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    These are so pretty, Georgia! I made something similar for a dinner party a couple of weeks ago, and they were a huge hit. So simple to assemble a day ahead…and lots of eye appeal!!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — June 22, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Caprese salad is one of my all-time favorite salads also! I love this ‘grab and enjoy’ version. There’s nothing that says summer better than this salad. I’m hoping for a nice cherry tomato crop later this summer to make this with my own tomatoes!

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    Linda — June 22, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    Caprese salad is always a hit and this is an awesome presentation! I like that it can be easily picked up which will be perfect for summer parties!

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    The Slow Roasted Italian — June 22, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    I adore caprese salad! Your salad bites look amazing!

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    Dana @TheSundaySweet — June 22, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    YUM! Caprese salad is one of my favorites too! How’s the new house coming along?

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    Amy J. and Tiffanie A. — June 22, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    Such a great looking presentation! I always just throw this in a bowl for dinner parties but I will have to try the tooth picks!! THanks for sharing!

    We just started following your blog! We will def. be repeat visitors!!

    Love,

    http://chickswholovetoeat.blogspot.com/

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    Stephanie — June 22, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    I’ve seen caprese salad done a ton of ways, but this is by far my favorite. It’s portable, cute and delicious. And PERFECT for BBQs or other get-togethers. Love!

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    Shawnda — June 22, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    Add prosciutto for sure! The saltiness is perfect.

    And I bet your neighbors are excited that the new people make good food :)

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    sweetlife — June 23, 2011 @ 1:53 am

    your settled in, how great!! loving Texas? It has been very, very, very, hot lately, so these cuties would be gone in seconds!! Glad you are loving your dream home, so excited to see all your new recipes from your Texas kitchen!!

    sweetlife

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    Jennifurla — June 23, 2011 @ 3:13 am

    gorgeous and refreshing dish!

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    briarrose — June 23, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    Fantastic idea for a nibble. Beautiful and tasty.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — June 23, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    I could eat these all day long! The perfect summer appetizer in my mind :)

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — June 23, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    This is lovely. I adore simple yet elegant eats!

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    Val — June 23, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    I love these a 1000 times over. My favorite combo, ever.

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — June 23, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    ahh yess, I have seen these at potlucks before and they are one of my favorites!! :) Thanks for reminding me about these little treats!

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    Lauren's Latest — June 23, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    These look easy, fresh and delicious! Perfect for summer!

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    sweetcarolinescooking.com — June 23, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    I love caprese salads as well. Gorgeous presentation and photo!

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    Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane — June 24, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Haha, who doesn’t love caprese, and making more friends too! I’ll bring this to the next barbecue a friend will be holding!

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    danasfoodforthought — June 24, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    Ooh yummy! Caprese salad is a favorite of mine…and this bite sized version looks adorable! Great appetizer idea!

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    Tracy — June 24, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    These are so cute and perfect for a summer gathering! I definitely want to give them a try at our next bbq!

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    Betty @ scrambled henfruit — June 26, 2011 @ 4:19 am

    Georgia, these are gorgeous! I love the colors and the artistic way you’ve arranged the skewers on your platter. Glad you’re settling in to your new neighborhood! :)

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    Angie Sansom — June 27, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Wow I will certainly be trying this out, nice to do something different that looks great. Thank you for the recipe.

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    Heavenly Housewife — June 27, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    What an absolutely perfect summer snack!
    *kisses* HH

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    amy grace — June 29, 2011 @ 1:51 am

    This is a great idea! Perfect summer appetizer or dish for a get together! Love it!

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    Marla — June 29, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    These caprese bites are so fun! Loving all food on a stick these days.
    It is vegetarian week at Get Grillin’ we would love if you submitted up to any 3 recipes (they don’t have to be grilled) to our link up. This one would be perfect!
    This week we have a ManPans giveaway. http://su.pr/3GCtXU
    xxoo

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    Magic of Spice — June 29, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

    I love these as a mini version…Caprese is also a favorite of mine :) Gorgeous!

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