The ultimate no-cook appetizer recipe, tomato caprese skewers are made with fresh rosemary stems and served with a pesto dipping sauce.
There is nothing better than a simple caprese salad. But when entertaining, it's not the easiest dish to serve. That's why I love these Tomato Caprese Skewers with Pesto. No need for plates or utensils, it's easy to serve to a large group, or easy to eat as a healthy snack.
- SUNSET Wild Wonders tomatoes: Delicious, sweet, and bite sized, the perfect mix of colors, sizes, shapes, and flavors from all around the world.
- Mozzarella balls: A soft, delicate, somewhat salty tasting cheese. Bocconcini or ciliegine are two sizes that would work well.
- Basil: Fresh, bright, with the perfect balance between sweet and savory.
- Pesto: Usually made with basil, oil, garlic, cheese, and pine nuts, it pairs well with most Italian dishes.
Why Use SUNSET® Tomatoes?
SUNSET® is proud to lead the greenhouse growing industry in sustainability, and was the first to bring it to North America. Greenhouse growing allows for fresh produce all year round, in addition to saving important natural resources like water, making it a super sustainable choice. SUNSET® is also intentional about placing its greenhouses across the US to reduce food miles and ensure quality products reach the store shelves.
SUNSET® offers a wide variety of tomatoes, but I love using their Wild Wonders because it's a variety in one package. You get a wonderful assortment of tomatoes in different sizes, colors, and flavor profiles. If you can't make up your mind about what kind of tomato to use, Wild Wonders solves the problem for you by allowing you to use multiple!
How to Make Tomato Caprese Skewers with Pesto
Start by picking off basil leaves so they're ready to skewer. If you plan on using rosemary stems as your skewers, remove about 75% of the rosemary to make it easy for the other ingredients to slide on.
Next you'll begin making your caprese skewers. Start with a Wild Wonders tomato, followed by a cheese ball, and a basil leaf.
Continue alternating ingredients until you have completed all of your skewers.
Prepare a small bowl of pesto for dipping. I have a delicious basil pesto recipe you could try.
Lay your skewers out on a platter, and serve with the pesto. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can you make pesto without nuts?
You can easily just omit the nuts from any basil pesto recipe. It'll still taste delicious, while having a slightly different texture.
How can I make these dairy free?
You'll want to replace any cheese in the pesto recipe with nutritional yeast. As for the mozzarella balls, you can find plenty of plant-based mozzarella cheeses.
Complimentary Main Dishes
- Spicy Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil
- Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Shrimp
- Grilled Chicken Parmesan
- Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs
- Sautéed Salmon with Tomatoes and White Wine
Whether you plan on sharing or eating them yourself, these Tomato Caprese Skewers with Pesto are a healthy, delicious snack that's sure to please.
No fork required.
Tomato Caprese Skewers with Pesto
- If using rosemary stems as your skewer, carefully remove 75% of the sprigs to form a skewer.
- Working one at a time, carefully thread each skewer with one Wild Wonder tomato, one mozzarella ball, and one piece of basil. Repeat until skewer's full and continue with next skewer until they're all complete.
- To serve, place caprese skewers on a platter with pesto in a small bowl to act as a dipping sauce.
Disclosure: This recipe was developed in partnership with SUNSET®. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible. All thoughts are my own.