This Caprese Wreath makes the most colorful festive appetizer, sure to be a hit at your holiday party.
Caprese Wreath Holiday Appetizer
We are big fans of the classic caprese salad, and this is such a fun way to serve it up: in the shape of a holiday wreath. A basic caprese salad is just fresh mozzarella cheese, ripe tomatoes and fresh basil leaves with a little balsamic glaze and olive oil. We have a simple Caprese salad version with lettuce or a Caprese pasta salad that we love too! If you are heading to a party, this caprese appetizer is so easy and so beautiful!
How to Propagate Basil:
For the fresh basil leaves, I bought a live basil plant (found in the produce section of my local grocery store) for $4. After I picked so many leaves off of it for this, it was looking really sad, so I cut out the naked stems and stuck them in a small glass of water. After a few weeks, all of these stems will start to grow roots and I can plant them in small pots. Did you know that basil does this? It’s one of my favorite things to do with fresh herbs! If you don’t have access to fresh basil because it’s winter time, these live plants are a great way to go.
We used extra long toothpicks for this, but you can use regular toothpicks. The extra long toothpicks are a little more fancy and they help keep your fingers clean when eating and dipping.
For the balsamic glaze: We love this balsamic glaze from Trader Joes, it’s so good! You can also make your own balsamic glaze…here’s an easy recipe for a good balsamic glaze.
How to make a Caprese Wreath for the holidays?
- Rinse and dry the grape tomatoes.
- Set up an assembly line with the wooden toothpicks, grape tomatoes, basil leaves and mozzarella balls.
- Skewer the tomato first, basil leaf second and finally the mozzarella ball. Repeat until you have filled your round platter creating a Caprese wreath.
- Finish with a drizzle of the balsamic glaze right before serving and or add a small bowl of the balsamic glaze into the center of the wreath for dipping. You can serve with salt and pepper on the side for extra seasoning if desired.
Make a festive Caprese Wreath for a delicious and colorful holiday appetizer.
- 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
- 20 ounces fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini size)
- 24 ounces grape tomatoes grape or cherry tomatoes
- balsamic glaze store bought or see easy recipe
To make the skewers:
- 1 package extra long tooth picks
Rinse and dry the tomatoes.
Set up an assembly line with the wooden toothpicks, grape tomatoes, basil leaves and mozzarella balls.
Skewer the tomato first, basil leaf second and finally the mozzarella ball. Repeat this step until you have filled your round platter creating a full caprese wreath.
Finish with a drizzle of the balsamic glaze right before serving OR add a small bowl of the balsamic glaze into the center of the wreath for dipping.
You can serve with salt and pepper on the side for extra seasoning if desired.
We added a few extra basil leaves around the edge of the serving plate for a decorative touch.
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We served this up at a family party, and everyone LOVED it!
A reader shared a photo on Pinterest under this pin. I loved the cute way she serve it up, she added pepperoni rounds and she made a bell pepper look like a bow for the wreath. So clever!