Caprese Skewers ~ grape tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze served up on a skewer for a delicious no-cook appetizer that’s quick, easy and impressive!

6" caprese skewers with grape tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and balsamic glaze.

Caprese Skewers make the ultimate party appetizer. This crowd-pleaser can be made ahead of time and because they’re on a stick, they’re easy and fun to eat. 

If you’re entertaining family or friends soon, keep them in mind. No cooking involved for this basic version and you (or your guests) won’t be disappointed.

These Caprese Skewers were originally created several years ago due to an overabundance of grape tomatoes from my garden. Since then they’ve turned into a party favorite.

What do I need to make Caprese Skewers?

You’ll need 6″ wooden skewers to start right from the grocery store. Larger, full size kabob sticks will hold too much food for them to be easily eaten as appetizers. 

They’re simple to customize with other fruit and veggies grown locally in your area, still keeping the basic caprese ingredients. Here’s what I used on these skewers:

  • grape tomatoes
  • mini mozzarella balls
  • basil leaves
  • balsamic glaze

What is balsamic glaze?

Balsamic glaze is balsamic vinegar that’s been reduced until it’s the consistency of syrup. Reducing it gives it a sweeter taste and helps it cling better to the skewers. You can buy balsamic glaze in most grocery stores (you may see it called balsamic reduction) in the salad or vinegar area or reduce your own on top of the stove.

If you prefer the tangier flavor, drizzle straight balsamic vinegar without reducing. 

How to make caprese skewers:

Wash the tomatoes and basil and if your tomatoes are on the larger side (like mine), cut them in half. You want everything to be bite size so its easier to eat.

Thread the ingredients onto the skewers alternating them, leaving room at the base to hold them then transfer the skewers to a plate. Drizzle lightly with olive oil, balsamic glaze and a light seasoning of salt then enjoy. 

want to customize these skewers?

The possibilities are endless to customize these skewers. Here are a few ideas:

  • salami
  • prosciutto
  • watermelon (cubed or balled)
  • cantaloupe (cubed or balled)
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • cooked tortellini

You can also add store bought or homemade pesto for dipping or drizzling over the skewers as well. The bright herby pesto flavor really pops with the other ingredients. 

can i make these skewers ahead of time?

Yes – you can definitely make these skewers a day ahead of time. I’ve posted some of my tips for stress-free entertaining before, but the #1 piece of advice is to do as much as you can before guests arrive. That way you can enjoy the party too.

These skewers can be prepped, assembled then refrigerated ahead of time. Just before serving drizzle with olive oil, balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of salt. 

Need more caprese inspiration?

Grilled Peach Caprese

Caprese Sliders

Enjoy!

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6" caprese skewers with grape tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and balsamic glaze.

Caprese Skewers

Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and balsamic glaze on a skewer for a delicious, impressive super easy party appetizer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories

Equipment

  • 6" wooden skewers

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounces grape tomatoes
  • 1 package mini mozzarella balls
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 1 bottle balsamic glaze
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash the tomatoes and basil and if your tomatoes are on the larger side (like mine), cut them in half. You want everything to be bite size so its easier to eat.
  • Wash the tomatoes and basil and if your tomatoes are on the larger side (like mine), cut them in half. You want everything to be bite size so its easier to eat.
  • How to CUSTOMIZE these skewers: salami, prosciutto, watermelon (cubed or balled), cantaloupe (cubed or balled), strawberries, blueberries, cooked tortellini.
Keyword caprese skewers, caprese salad, caprese
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7 Comments

  1. I buy store bought balsamic glaze! It’s just as good and quick. My local store was sampling it one day with a fig appetizer and I’ve never gone back.

  2. What a delicious recipe! Love fruit mixed with cheese and balsamic vinegar. I’ll have to try the store bought glaze….sounds perfect! Pinned. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Mary ~ thank you! I’m always a little reluctant trying a store bought version of things. In this case, I wasn’t disappointed at all. If you try it let me know how you like it. Enjoy your week and hopefully you’re staying cool ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Seriously one of the most beautiful recipes I’ve seen this Summer… love all the ingredients by themselves and especially altogether. If you ever opened up a restaurant one day, I’ll be your biggest fan!!!

    1. Thank you so much JD! That means so much ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ and if I ever do open a restaurant you’ll be one of the first to know! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a good week!