Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Makes 50 bites (enough for up to 20 people)



1/4 cup olive oil

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

Coarse salt

Freshly ground pepper

24 oz. cherry tomatoes, rinsed and pat dry

Fresh basil, about 20 leaves

16 oz. mozzarella ciliegine (small mozzarella balls), marinated in oil or resting in water

50 toothpicks, cocktail forks or small bamboo skewers



In a small bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a generous pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper. Whisk together and set aside.


Arrange ingredients and a platter for serving. Assemble the bites on a toothpick by starting with one basil leaf, then one cherry tomato, one mozzarella ball, and another basil leaf. Place on the platter and repeat process until no more ingredients remain.


Drizzle bites with the olive oil mixture and sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, to taste.


To transport, cover tightly with plastic wrap and keep away from sun and heat. Can be made up to 1 day in advance; keep refrigerated.