I love appetizer potlucks. You can throw together something quickly and you don't have commit to a big cooking expedition (or cooking at all!) That is exactly how I discovered this amazing flavor combination.
My friend brought a version of this appetizer to my house and I seriously fell in love with it. This Caprese salad skewer with balsamic reduction is by far, my latest and greatest favorite appetizer. Okay, I admit that it's been almost 2 years since that appetizer potluck, but it takes a lot to impress me when it comes to appetizers and I have made this one every single time I've needed an appetizer in the last two years. That says a lot! It's quick, easy, vegetarian, gluten-free and you can make it ahead or right before your event, if you only have a short time to spare.
Healthy New Year's eve appetizer
We often have an appetizer extravaganza on New Year's eve and we try to keep it healthy. This recipe will definitely be joining the ranks this year. So, if you are looking for a New Year's eve party appetizer, especially if you are following Weight Watchers, this one is perfect, clocking in at 3 weight watchers smart points for 2 skewers! You don't have to wait until New Years Day to enact your healthy eating resolution -this appetizer will help you start of the New Year right!
I make mine a little different from how my friend made it when she introduced it into my life 🙂 My Caprese Salad skewer is on a toothpick and uses grape tomatoes, cut in half (or cherry tomatoes). I also slice the mozzarella any old way - I don't do it in circles or perfect symmetrical squares - it's completely fuss-free. I made these this summer for an appetizer at a small family get together and they were a huge hit!
Speaking of fuss-free
It's the 11th hour here (day before we leave for Christmas holidays) and I didn't have time for my usual fancy photos, so in keeping with the no-fuss theme, (what it's really all about right now, at this stage of the game anyway), the second photo is a quick shot I took of these Caprese salad skewers on my Mom's old skool crystal serving tray when I made them last summer.
These tomato, basil, mozzarella skewers, drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction are healthy, low calorie, weight watchers friendly and won't leave you overdrawn at the calorie bank.
So, if you are looking for a fantastic quick, healthy and easy appetizer, try this one! AND if you love this flavour combination as much as I do, give my 5 Ingredient Caprese Sheet Pan Chicken Breast a try. This delicious and healthy appetizer was the inspiration behind this tasty Sheet Pan chicken breast recipe.
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Caprese Salad Skewers Appetizer
- 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
- ½ pound fresh mozzarella cheese cut into cubes
- 2 -28 g pkg fresh basil
- 2 tsp reduced balsamic vinegar glaze (approximately) drizzled
- Slice grape tomatoes in half. Poke toothpick/skewer through tomato half (flat side down) * if you are using cherry tomatoes, don't slice in half - use cherry tomatoes on each end
- Slice mozzarella into squares. Add small square of mozzarella to skewer.
- Fold piece of basil and add to skewer.
- Add second ½ of tomato, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction /glaze