Caprese on a Stick—the perfect party bite!

This is the ultimate, easy-to-eat-and-prepare party bite! And healthy too!

Caprese on a Stick from OrnaBakes

I found other versions of these online, but they all alternate a full tomato with a full mozzarella ball. I combine the two so that all the flavors pop in your mouth in each bite. I also use marinated mozzarella balls, which are more flavorful than the plain mozzarella balls (cieglini).


Gourmet Blends Traditional and Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegars are my absolute fav! They’re closer to a balsamic reduction in taste and consistency than a plain balsamic vinegar.

Gourmet Blends Pomegranate Balsamic


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If you don’t want to splurge on the Gourmet Blends vinegars, Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze is a delicious and more affordable option.

Trader Joe's Balsamic Glaze


My mother-in-law recently brought me a beautiful basil plant, and now that’s the only way I buy basil. It stays fresh and smells great (though hubby does complain that it smells “green”) and seeing it inspires me to make dishes with fresh basil.

Vinegars in glass bottles


I usually keep my vinegars and olive oil in easy-pour bottles, but for this recipe I use plastic squeeze bottles to control the drizzle.

Plastic bottles for drizzling

Honey tomatoes are sweet and delicious and the beautiful yellow adds color to the dish. If you can’t find them just use all grape or cherry tomatoes.

Make Ahead Tips

Wash and dry tomatoes and put back in plastic container lined with a paper towel; saves you from cleaning another bowl.

Tomatoes back in containers

Do not refrigerate your tomatoes! Slice just before assembling and serving.

The mozzarella balls can be sliced the day before.

Don’t forget to taste your food to check seasoning before putting it out! (QC = Quality Control)

Caprese on a Stick
Yields 24
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
62 calories
9 g
7 g
2 g
3 g
1 g
82 g
69 g
8 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62
Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 7mg
Sodium 69mg
Total Carbohydrates 9g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 12 honey tomatoes (Trader Joe's, Costco)
  2. 12 grape or cherry tomatoes
  3. marinated mozzarella balls (Trader Joe's, Costco)
  4. 24 small fresh basil leaves, or 12 medium leaves, halved
  5. Gourmet Blends Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar (See Fav Food Find) or Trader Joe's Balsamic Glaze
  6. good olive oil
  7. table salt
  8. freshly cracked black pepper
  9. shredded iceberg lettuce for serving, optional
  10. fancy wooden toothpicks
  1. Drain mozzarella balls in a colander; slice in half, across the width, with a sharp knife.
  2. Slice all tomatoes in half across the equator.
  3. Pair one tomato half with one cheese half and stick toothpick through the middle, cheese side first.
  4. Follow with a folded basil leaf.
  5. Repeat with another tomato and cheese ball, cheese side first.
  6. Lay them down on a round plate with the top end of the toothpick on the outer edge of the plate, so when you drizzle you don't get it over the part guests will hold.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Drizzle all over with balsamic glaze and olive oil, avoiding the top end of the toothpick.
  9. Lay sticks on serving plate covered with shredded lettuce.

Author: Orna

Orna Purkin is the creator of OrnaBakes—where healthy meets yummy. As a former Weight Watchers Leader and Ambassador, her passion is to inspire others with her healthy recipes, favorite food finds, and weight-loss tips — with the odd confession here and there!

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  1. The best. They looked great and tasted even better.

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    • Thank you Ellen! So happy you guys joined us! xoxo

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  2. Really delicious. I could have eaten the plate full. Thanks!!!

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    • Thank you so much dear Carol! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment!! xoxo

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  3. As a new follower, I had a feeling I would find just the thing for a last-minute potluck lunch item somewhere in your archives. These were perfect. Thanks 🙂

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    • Glad you enjoyed them Cindy – this is one of my favorite recipes! Thanks for reminding me about it. 🙂

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