Caprese Skewers


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These fun and flavorful caprese skewers are just what you need at your next party. Mini skewers are threaded with juicy tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a classic caprese touch.

Caprese skewers on a white plate

No summer dinner party is complete without a giant caprese salad. It’s simple, fresh, and the layers of juicy tomatoes and creamy mozzarella is a personal favorite of mine (especially in my avocado caprese salad). But when I want my guests to enjoy these flavors in bite sized form – these caprese skewers are always a hit!

They’re super fun and always look festive on a platter. Plus, they only take a few minutes to make – you can even make them ahead of time! So if you know you’ve got a hungry crowd, I’d double the recipe. These always disappear fast!

Ingredients for caprese skewers on a table.

What You’ll Need For Caprese Skewers

Caprese salads are all about using fresh summer ingredients. And with tomatoes and basil in peak season, I recommend grabbing the highest quality you can find. It makes all the difference!

  • Tomatoes: Both cherry or grape tomatoes will work here. But if you want a juicier tomato bite and a perfectly round shape, cherry tomatoes are best.
  • Mozzarella Balls: Since you want the mozzarella balls about the same size as the tomatoes, look for containers of ciliegine mozzarella balls. And for a little extra flavor, buy the marinated ones!
  • Basil Leaves: Any size basil leaves work, but if you’re using large leaves just fold them in half as you thread them on.
  • Balsamic Glaze: Making a homemade balsamic glaze is a cinch, but you can also use a store-bought version.

Once you’ve got all your ingredients, make sure to grab a pack of wooden skewers! You should be able to find them at your local market on online.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Making caprese skewers on a table

How To Make Caprese Skewers

Once you’ve got all your ingredients, assembly comes super easy. Here’s how to make them.

  • Assemble the skewers. You can honestly assemble in any combination. But I like to start with a cherry tomato, followed by a basil leaf, mozzarella ball, another basil leaf, and lastly another tomato.
  • Drizzle on the good stuff. Right before serving, drizzle the skewers with balsamic glaze and you’re ready to go!

A quick tip: if you’re making your own balsamic glaze make sure to reduce it for a bit longer, so that it’s extra thick. Otherwise, the glaze will slide right off the tomatoes and mozzarella balls.

The Best Make Ahead Appetizer

On a time crunch? Make these caprese skewers up to four hours in advance and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

And if you’ve got leftovers (which I highly doubt you will), they will keep for up to 2-3 days in the fridge.

A white plate of caprese skewers next to a napkin.

More Easy, Bite Sized Appetizers

You can honestly never have too many bite sized appetizer recipes up your sleeve. And these ones are classic crowd favorites!

If you make these caprese skewers, let me know how they turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

A plate of caprese skewers with basil leaves

Caprese Skewers

4.91 from 10 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


These flavorful caprese skewers are the perfect appetizer for your next party! They're threaded with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 6 ounces (16 balls) mini mozzarella balls
  • 32 basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic glaze


  • Thread a cherry tomato on each skewer followed by a basil leaf, a mozzarella ball, a basil leaf, and another tomato.
    Threading caprese skewers on a wooden stick
  • Arrange the skewers on a plate and drizzle with the balsamic glaze.
    A plate with caprese skewers drizzled with balsamic glaze


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Caprese Appetizer, Caprese Skewers
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Hi Lisa, so simple and delicious. I made these after I bought the fancy bamboo skewers on my beach vacation this year. I just love the balsamic glaze on these. Thank you.5 stars

  2. Lisa, You rocked! The family dashed to empty them every time I followed your recipes.
    Can you tell me where you bought the skewers?

    Yours looked nice. I find some on Amazon or Whole Food. They are ugly.
    Thanks for your advice.5 stars

    1. Happy to hear everyone enjoyed this recipe! You can find them linked in the post within where I am describing the ingredients :)

  3. I’ve been making these for years as appetizers & taking them to parties.  However, I use tomatoes cut in half, a Kalamata or black olive, half a mozzarella ball, and basil. I drizzle olive oil and add a pinch of Italian herbs over them.  I also mix both small red and yellow tomatoes for a decorative look. The reason for halving the cheese and tomato is so that guests can easily eat bitesize rather than too big a bite at one time.  Tomatoes can gush out all over if you try to eat them whole. They also won’t need to use utensils to cut to a smaller size. They’re just as attractive on a nice toothpick when cut in half. 4 stars

  4. Oh my goodness! These are perfect for any get together and look so delicious! Everyone is going to love these! Excited to make these with my daughter!5 stars

  5. Oh what fun little skewers! They have all of my favorite flavors. Definitely the perfect summertime appetizer. 5 stars