Caprese Skewers

Peaches add a surprising sweet twist to these cute Caprese skewers. Fresh and flavorful, they're an easy appetizer that's a guaranteed party hit!

Caprese skewers

These little Caprese skewers are one of my favorite party appetizers. They fit all my party criteria: they’re simple, seasonal bites that can be made at least a few hours ahead of time, and they’re really flavorful and fun. Each one starts with classic Caprese salad ingredients: tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. Then, I add two unconventional twists. First, I finish each skewer with a piece of diced peach. Peaches, basil, and tomatoes are one of my favorite summer combinations (see here or here). The peaches offer a surprising sweet contrast to the tangy tomatoes, and they taste divine with the aromatic basil.

Then, right before serving, I drizzle the skewers in a spicy jalapeño lime oil. It gives the skewers an exciting spicy kick, but if you or your guests don’t like spicy food, don’t worry. These Caprese skewers are just as good with salt, pepper, olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Caprese Salad Skewers Tips

  • Eat them in one bite. The trick to these Caprese skewers is getting everything in one bite – the creamy mozzarella, the fresh basil, the tangy tomato, and juicy peach. When you’re at the grocery store or farmers market, look for cherry or grape tomatoes that are on the small side, as well as little Ciliegne mozzarella balls.
  • Season generously. A lot of the seasoning will slide off the skewers, so don’t hold back! They taste best when you go heavy on the oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Fold the basil. If you’re working with large basil leaves, I recommend folding each one in half, so the skewer passes through it twice. That way, it’ll be a similar size to the other ingredients on the skewer, and you’ll still get to enjoy the entire basil leaf.

Caprese salad skewers

Caprese Skewers Recipe Variations

I love this Caprese skewers recipe as written, but there are so many tasty ways to change it up! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Keep it classic. Skip the peaches, and make the skewers with traditional Caprese salad ingredients: cherry tomatoes, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella.
  • Switch the dressing. Replace the jalapeño-lime oil with my easy lemon vinaigrette or the balsamic reduction from this recipe. Alternatively, serve the skewers with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Try another fruit. Instead of peaches, add strawberries or nectarines to these Caprese salad skewers.
  • Or skip the tomatoes! Replace the tomatoes with additional peaches or a different summer fruit like blackberries or strawberries.
  • Make them vegan. Replace the mini mozzarella balls with diced avocado. It should be ripe, but still slightly firm, so that it doesn’t fall off the skewers.

Let me know what variations you try!

More Favorite Appetizer Recipes

If you love these Caprese skewers, try one of these fun appetizer recipes next:

Caprese Skewers

rate this recipe:
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 30 mins
These easy Caprese skewers are a crowd-pleasing party appetizer! You can assemble the skewers up to 4 hours in advance, but wait to season them until right before serving.

Ingredients

Jalapeño-Lime Oil

  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice or agave nectar

For the Skewers

  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Mini mozzarella balls
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Peaches, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Make the jalapeño-lime oil: Over an open flame, grill the jalapeño until blackened all over. Wrap in foil for 10 minutes to steam and soften. Slice the roasted jalapeño in half. In a small bowl, combine the halved jalapeño, the olive oil, garlic, lime juice, and orange juice or agave. Let the oil steep at room temperature for 30 minutes. Remove and discard the jalapeño and garlic.
  • Assemble the skewers: Assemble each skewer with a cherry tomato, mini mozzarella ball, basil leaf, and chunk of peach. You can do this step up to 4 hours in advance. Chill the skewers until you're ready to serve.
  • Right before serving, drizzle the skewers with a generous amount of the oil, and season them with salt and pepper.

 

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    • jeanine
      08.15.2013

      me too, they make things so pretty 🙂

  1. This jalapeno lime oil looks to die for, and is a combo of two of my favorite ingredients. Great quick party app too, lovin’ it!

    • jeanine
      08.15.2013

      thanks, I’ve been told recently that I should branch out from my normal lemon-olive oil combo, the lime was nice and summery!

  2. Crista from peacelovequinoa.com
    08.13.2013

    why am i not eating these right now?? i have a bunch of little tomatoes in the garden and tomorrow i’ll pick up some peaches. thanks for the inspiration 🙂 xox

    • jeanine
      08.15.2013

      thanks! It was the total inspiration for the party, i’m in love with it 🙂

  3. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com
    08.13.2013

    These guys sound super easy and super delicious! Definitely perfect for a party on a long, sultry afternoon. 🙂

  4. I was so in on this app even before I saw the jalapeno lime oil. That plate and your runner are so adorable, I’m sure these were a hit at the party!

  5. Christina from delacasa.wordpress.com
    08.14.2013

    What gorgeous photos – and cute dress! Getting photos of food to be served at parties is always way harder than I anticipate. The last thing I think of when I have guests knocking on the door! I do wonder if you redid these for the photo, judging by the basil comment 😛 Look forward to getting my hands on fresh mozerella to try these.

    • jeanine
      08.15.2013

      good eye! Yes, it was definitely hard to prep for a party and for photos 🙁 . These were so quick to make, it was just as easy to do it again… especially so I could add the basil!

  6. Meena from masalaart.wordpress.com
    08.16.2013

    So pretty! Like peachy caprese salad on a stick 🙂 I like your outfit too!

    • jeanine
      08.16.2013

      thanks! yep, it’s a good salad without the sticks too 🙂

  7. Ashley from edibleperspective.com
    08.16.2013

    Such a lovely addition!! Love the oil drizzle on top!

  8. violet from seaoflovespells,com
    02.08.2015

    Wow what a great fresh way to make a healthy snack. im glad I found this site some really fun food ideas. ty

  9. Stella
    06.25.2015

    hi! i love your food pictures so much~ can you kindly share where you got this beautiful plate from? (:

    • jeanine
      06.26.2015

      thanks Stella! It’s vintage, I got it from someone on Etsy a few years ago…

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