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Colorful Caprese Appetizer Tray

Whether you are having a backyard BBQ party or serving a holiday dinner, this Caprese appetizer tray is going to make your life much easier because it’s so simple and quick to assemble. All you need are a few ingredients that are usually used for a Caprese salad such as tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, olives, fresh basil, and a good quality balsamic vinegar.

A top view of the caprese appetizer tray with the red and yellow cherry tomatoes, olives, small mozzarella cheese balls, and basil leaves arranged on a cheese board.

Disclaimer: the cheese board I used for this appetizer tray was provided free of charge by SlatePlate.

To assemble the appetizer tray, you will need a large cheese board or a platter. I used a SlatePlate cheese board which is perfect because it’s absolutely beautiful and very easy to clean.

First, assemble the Caprese bites. Just thread the cheese balls and tomatoes on the skewers or toothpicks and sprinkle them with chopped basil leaves and balsamic vinegar (make sure that the balsamic vinegar is thick in consistency).

A side-view of the small mozzarella cheese balls and cherry tomatoes arranged on toothpicks.

Once you are done assembling the Caprese bites, arrange the rest of the ingredients on the cheese board. You can also add some healthy crackers and hummus to this appetizer tray.

A deconstructed Caprese salad is also a great addition to a picnic basket. Just put the ingredients into separate containers and take them with you to enjoy in the park or garden.

If you are looking for more delicious healthy appetizer recipes, check out this Roasted Eggplant and Feta Dip, this Vegetarian Stuffed Tomatoes, this Peach Salsa.

A top-view of small mozzarella cheese balls and cherry tomatoes arranged on toothpicks.

Caprese Appetizer Tray

Colorful Caprese Appetizer Tray

Yield: 6 portions
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Caprese inspired appetizer tray is colorful, healthy, and very easy to assemble. Based on the classic flavor combinations, it will for sure please even picky guests.


  • 2 cups mini bocconcini or mozzarella cheese balls
  • 3 cups red and yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup olives
  • a few basil leaves, chopped
  • good quality balsamic vinegar (has to be thick in consistency and not runny)

For the mini Caprese bites:

  • toothpicks or bamboo skewers

You will also need:

  • Appetizer tray or platter


For the mini Caprese bites:

  1. If you are using bamboo skewers, shorten them to the desired length. Depending on the length of the skewer or toothpick, thread one or two cherry tomato alternating with one or two cheese balls.
  2. Arrange the Caprese bites on the appetizer tray and sprinkle them with the balsamic vinegar and chopped basil leaves.

For the appetizer tray:

  1. Arrange the olives and the rest of the cheese and tomatoes on the tray. Decorate with basil leaves.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 portions Serving Size 1 of 6 portions
Amount Per Serving Calories 171Total Fat 12.6gSaturated Fat 6.3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5.6gCholesterol 33.2mgSodium 490.6mgCarbohydrates 6.7gFiber 2gSugar 3.1gProtein 9.1g

Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.

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