Mini Caprese Bites on a Warm Summer Night

These Mini Caprese Bites are the perfect warm summer night appetizer!

I’m so glad that hospitality is not always about me opening up my home, and that I also have very hospitable friends.

Last week my friend invited some moms and daughters to her beautiful back yard on a warm summer’s night. I think we were having such a good time, we lost track of time!

The next morning when I woke up, I counted the hours that we were together – seven hours! We started at 5:30 and left after midnight. And I think our daughters had a bit of fun, too. :)

(Photo taken by my Abby)

If you’re a reluctant entertainer, remember sometimes the easiest thing to do is to have everyone bring an appetizer or salad. Especially if you’re entertaining women, they are perfectly content with a meal like this.

We had melon wrapped in prosciutto, homemade salsa and chips, bacon wrapped chestnuts, bread bowl filled with amazing spinach dip, and a sweet strawberry green salad. Yes, my friends are fantastic cooks!

Since our cherry tomatoes are in fully ripe right now, I knew right away what I’d be bringing when I said “yes” to the invitation.

Mini Caprese Bites on a Stick. Light and easy. The essence of summer.

When’s the last time you invited girlfriends over for a light meal?


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Mini Caprese Bites

Prep Time10 mins
Servings: 8


  • 16 ripe grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 16 fresh mozzarella balls or chunks about the same size of the tomato
  • 16 basil leaves
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper


  • Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes. Pierce the tomatoes with the toothpicks and lay them out on a plate.
  • Fold the basil leaf in half and push it onto each tomato, on the toothpick.
  • Next, push the chunk of mozzarella onto the toothpick, under the basil leaf.
  • Place each Caprese Bite onto a platter.
  • Whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning together.
  • Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the tomatoes and serve!

12 comments on “Mini Caprese Bites on a Warm Summer Night”

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  2. Served these yesterday for a bridal shower, they were wonderful. I love Caprese!

  3. I LOVE this! Such an easy app to bring to someone’s house…and so pretty! Those girls crack me up…oh to be YOUNG again :)

  4. YUMMY! I just bought some fresh mozzarella and some goat cheese because next tuesday we are having a friend and her daughter over for grilled pizza!!! YUMMY!!

  5. What a GREAT idea!! Last week end we made Caprese salads for our Bar B Que, with heirloom tomatoes, they were delicious!!! But cutting enough tomatoes and mozzerella to make 35 was quite a job~~ Now this week we are invited to friends (Tami Jones Partida’s) for appetizers and drinks, what a great new way to offer a health appetizer!!!!! Thanks Sandy you are the go to gal!!

    Curtis & Sherrie

  6. Gosh, I have no idea – never? ;) But it’s a great idea. And those girls are so beautiful – each of them has their own personality just by the way they’re standing and their expressions. That is a great, great photo.

  7. The faces on those girls have me peeing my pants with laughter!

  8. Oh, yum. I love, love, love Caprese salad. I never would have thought to adapt that recipe into an easy and elegant finger food! These look delicious!

    I love that Charlie’s Angels photo of the girls. Aren’t they all beautiful?

  9. Easy and elegant! I’ll have to try this!

  10. Instead of drizzling with dressing, I roll the mozarella balls in homemade pesto before putting everything on a toothpick. Left-over pesto can be served on the side for dipping (Caprese or French baguette).

  11. great healthy appetizers that kids love!

  12. Sounds like a wonderful evening. I love all of the appetizer ideas (will definitely file those away). I’d love to do this next month when it’s a bit cooler here and moms are settled into the new school year. Right now it’s hot and crazy!

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