Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Fast and Fun Meals
by Fast and Fun Meals
14 servings
20 min

Are you a busy mom juggling work, kids, and the never-ending list of tasks that make up family life? If so, quick and delicious meals are essential for keeping your sanity! Enter mini caprese salad bites.

This easy appetizer is crowd-pleasing approved (even picky eaters will love it!), requires minimal ingredients from the grocery store, and can be ready in just 20 minutes.

In this blog post, we’ll give you all the tips you need to whip up these tasty treats in no time – so take a few minutes for yourself today to check out our recipe for mini salad caprese bites!

mini caprese salad appetizer

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What does Caprese taste like?

Caprese is a Mediterranean-style dish that is full of flavor. It typically consists of mozzarella cheese slices, vine-ripened tomatoes, and fresh, fragrant basil leaves. The flavors blend together perfectly for a taste that is both sweet and savory.

Additionally, caprese salad bites make for a great appetizer. Just cut small slices of cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese balls and top them with fresh basil. The mini bites are perfect for parties as they are easy to make and so delicious!

You can find more easy bite size appetizer recipes in this post 25 Creative Appetizers With Puff Pastry and 17 Caprese Appetizers.

Ingredients in mini Caprese salad bites

Mini Caprese salad bites are the perfect mini treats for any occasion! They only require cherry tomatoes, mini pastry shells, fresh mozzarella balls, some basil leaves, and a splash of balsamic vinaigrette.

Mini Caprese salad bites ingredients
Mini Caprese salad bites with pastry shells
Caprese salad bites on parchment paper

With such simple ingredients and minimal preparation required, these mini bites make a delicious snack or an attractive appetizer.

Important notes for mini Caprese salad bites recipe

This recipe uses pastry shells, but you can also use pie shells you might need to add more mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes to fill up the crust.

mini caprese salad bites platter

Whether served at a party or just as a treat for yourself, Caprese salad bites will provide the same level of satisfaction in both their taste and presentation.

Are Caprese and mozzarella the same?

For many, Caprese and mozzarella may sound like they are the same thing, but it is essential to understand that they are, in fact, two different ingredients. The classic Italian Caprese dish consists of fresh slices of mozzarella cheese layered with tomatoes and basil.

Caprese dishes often include a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. These delicious mini salad bites will make your meal complete!

Mozzarella cheese on the other hand—also a central part of an authentic Italian diet—are balls or cylinders of curd cheese made from water buffalo or cow’s milk. Mozzarella can also be made into slices and blocks for pizza topping.

More salad bites and appetizers to try

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, there are lots of delicious mini appetizers and bites you can make that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Plus, the mini size makes them much easier to snack on. Perfect for an outdoor party or sprawling buffet table, these appetizer bites ideas will quickly become a mainstay in your snack selection!

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Recipe details
  • 14  servings
  • Prep time: 7 Minutes Cook time: 13 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 7 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 14 Mini Pastry or Pie Shells*
  • 14 Mini Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • 14 Basil Leaves
  • 7 tsp Balsamic Vinaigrette

1. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half.2. Place a fresh mozzarella ball into each shell or crust.3. Then add a cherry tomato half & a basil leaf.4. Drizzle with 1/2 tsp of balsamic vinaigrette.
  • This recipe is based on using mini pastry shells. If using mini pie crusts you may have to use more mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes to fill up your crust.
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  • Col24256625 Col24256625 on May 04, 2023

    I have made these before for a party. Very pretty, but too messy to eat since they aren't a one bite appetizer. Would be better to cut up the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and mix as a salad and put in the cups, but still think would be messy.