Does your calendar fill up with summer BBQs and gatherings like mine does?! We make it a point to have our friends over so the kiddos can play and we usually end up doing a pitch in BBQ or meal. Of course, we have our regular rotation of burgers and hot dogs and we also love a good taco party, but we’ve been invited to a few parties where we were asked to bring an appetizer. I was trying to think of something that was wasn’t too rich and heavy so that people would want to enjoy it in the heat.
One of my favorite salads to order at a restaurant is a caprese salad. It is so light and fresh! (Side note: If you grow a garden 1/2 of your ingredients could be free) I was thinking about how to make a caprese salad into a finger food and came up with this fun idea.
1 container cherry tomatoes
1 ball mozzarella cheese
1 package basil
1 container balsamic vinaigrette glaze (like the one below)
The first thing I like to do is prep my ingredients by cutting them so I can have an assembly line to add everything to the toothpicks easily. First, cut your cherry tomato’s in half. Take your mozzarella cheese and cut into small cubes. The basil can be ripped into small sections (no knife needed).
To start the assembly line hold one end of the toothpick and put 1/2 cherry tomato (flat/cut side down) and slide to top. Next layer the mozzarella cube, then basil, and lastly, put the other half of the cherry tomato with the flat/cut side down so you can stand it up on the platter.
Last by not least, drizzle the balsamic glaze over the platter. You don’t have to be very particular with the glaze and it helps if you let some balsamic rest on the platter for extra dipping as well!
I guarantee everyone will love this healthy summer appetizer at your next party! Let me know if you have any other ideas for summer appetizers in the comments.