Caprese Salad Skewers

This past weekend I had the great opportunity to help throw a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law! I was in charge of food, so of course I wanted to do something special. I went all “finger” foods—no utensils required! I wish I had remembered to take a picture of the full spread, because it was beautiful. Fruit kebabs, veggie crudités and pita with hummus, lemon bars, cookies, muffins, and two of my specialties: Caprese Skewers and Smoked Salmon on Cucumbers (recipe to come next!)

The Caprese Skewers are really easy and look so pretty. We used these mini pink skewers, since it was a bridal shower, after all, and because they were a little bigger than traditional toothpicks and our tomatoes were so big! You could also use wooden skewers and stack ‘em up!

No real recipe here. Just chop up a block of fresh mozzarella into small cubes, or, if you can find it, buy the little balls of mozzarella for the added “awww, how cute!” factor.  Then chop up some fresh basil into small pieces (or large pieces, if you love basil like me). Then load up your skewers with fresh cherry tomatoes, the mozzarella, and basil. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and voila!

You could also make them into these little “Caprese Bites“, which I did for another party in the past. Use larger cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes. Cut each tomato in half. If using the mozzarella balls, cut each one in half as well. Use small toothpicks and stack the tomatoes, flat side down, with the mozzarella and a basil leaf on top. If done right, they should stand up on their own!

 

 

Up next: Smoked Salmon on Cucumber Bites with Yogurt Dill Sauce!

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