By Cassie Johnston
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I seriously adore caprese salad. It is everything I love about good, healthy food—simple, colorful, flavorful, fresh. The only way to improve on a classic like caprese salad? Make it mini and bite-sized!
These caprese sticks are one of my go-to healthy summer snacks. They also make an excellent backyard barbecue appetizer! They take just a few minutes to assemble, and my guests always seem to gobble them up (especially if you can get your hands on some homegrown cherry tomatoes—so much sweet flavor in those babies).
This “recipe” is actually so incredibly easy that I feel a little guilty posting it. But hey, a good snack should be incredibly easy, right? Quite honestly, I could write the entire recipe in one sentence: place a cherry tomato on a toothpick, give it a basil leaf hat, add on a ball of fresh mozzarella, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Boom. Done.
If you’re feeling really fancy, you can drizzle a little bit of good balsamic vinegar and olive oil on top, but that’s only if you’re really in the mood. They absolutely don’t need it.
These little mini balls of fresh mozzarella are probably in the refrigerated deli case at your local supermarket. Many times, they also sell marinated ones that add an even bigger punch of flavor to the sticks!
I like to keep a container of them on hand in the summer so I can make caprese sticks whenever the tomatoes and basil are ready to harvest. Sometimes just a big pile of these sticks is my favorite summertime lunch! Enjoy.
These light and fresh Caprese Sticks are a quick protein-packed snack! They’re colorful, flavorful and ready for summer.
24 long toothpicks
8 ounces fresh Ciliegine mozzarella balls
24 cherry tomatoes (about 1 pint)
12 large basil leaves, cut in half (or 24 small leaves)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Thread a mozzarella ball, basil leaf (cut in half if large), and a cherry tomato onto a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Serve with a drizzle of olive oil or balsamic reduction for an easy and fresh appetizer platter.
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Yummy thanks for sharing!
They are fun! I love fun food. :)
Those tomatoes look so red! Yummy.
There were especially red considering it is February!
We had these Saturday night at my friend Julie’s house! SO YUM!
They definitely make cute little appetizers. And SO easy!
YUMMY! I am going to make some…did you get the cheese at Kroger?
Yes, I did! In the specialty cheese section in the deli/bakery area.
YUM! These look great! And you’re right, they would make great appetizers.I will definitely be putting these on my list of things to try out. Lately I’ve been on a edamame kick.They sell a box of little microwaveable bags at Costco. 150 calories per bag but you get a lot for that(you could easily share with someone) and edamame is really good for you.
What a GREAT idea! I never thought to make ’em up that way. Portable easy to make and would be great snack food at a Super Bowl party! Thanks for sharing!!
No problem! My only recommendation would be to leave the salt off until right before you serve. The salt brings out the delicious juices of the tomatoes, but can make for a messy plate.
These look adorable and yummy can’t wait to try! Great idea for my hubby’s lunch-you could even dip them in balsamic dressing!
These are adorable. Making in near future.
Love these! The problem is I would eat a dozen of them!
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