When you need a party appetizer in a pinch, these easy Italian salad skewers are the perfect recipe! Make a few or make a lot, they’re a handheld version on the classic caprese salad!
Can we all agree that food on a stick tastes better? I don’t know what it is about foods on sticks, but they’re special. As in, every time I make these easy Italian salad skewers, they’re always a hit! Maybe it’s the combination of fresh mozzarella, basil, juicy cherry tomatoes, salty prosciutto, and the sweet bite of the balsamic glaze, but it could also be the novelty of a handheld salad, right?
What I really like about making this crazy easy appetizer is that there’s really minimal cooking involved. There’s absolutely NO cooking involved if you buy your balsamic glaze. But if you already have balsamic vinegar in the house, you’ll be able to make glaze faster than you can get to the store.
Homemade balsamic glaze keeps 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator, so you can use it more than once. It’s an easy way to dress up salads, sliced tomatoes, and all sorts of dishes!
All you need to make Italian salad skewers are a few ingredients from the store, and maybe, if the season is right, your garden! You can find the small fresh mozzarella in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store, in a tub.
Prosciutto usually needs to be sliced at the deli counter depending on where you are. If you’d like, you can substitute a rosemary ham, salami, or skip the meat altogether and keep these vegetarian.
If you plan to purchase your balsamic glaze because you’re in a real time pinch, you’ll find that in the vinegar section. It’s shelf stable before it’s opened, but afterwards you’ll need to keep it refrigerated as you would fresh.
To keep the Italian salad skewers looking their best, I would try to avoid assembling more than a few hours before serving. At most you can stretch to the night before. Anything beyond that and the basil will start to look a little wilted. Keep the skewers in the refrigerator loosely covered with plastic wrap.
I hope you enjoy this easy appetizer recipe for Italian salad skewers! They really are one of my personal go-to options when I’m looking for an no fuss recipe. Perfect for the holidays, a barbecue, potluck, whatever, especially since the flavors are enjoyable year-round!
Easy Italian Salad Skewers
When you need a party appetizer in a pinch, these easy Italian salad skewers are the perfect recipe! Make a few or make a lot, they're a handheld version on the classic caprese salad!
- 16 oz cittiglione fresh mozzarella
- 8 oz cherry tomatoes
- 8 oz prosciutto
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp water
- In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir frequently until the sugar has dissolved and the glaze has reduced to the desired consistency (at least by half). This takes 10-15 minutes.
- Once the glaze has reached almost the desired thickness (it will thicken as it cools), remove from the heat and place in a glass container.
- To make the skewers, wash and pat dry the tomoatoes and basil. Drain the liquid from the fresh mozzarella. Cut each slice of prosciutto in half lengthwise.
- Make the skewers by threading one end of the prosciutto onto the skewer, adding a ball of mozzarella and a bit of basil, running the skewer through the prosciutto again, adding a tomato, the prosciutto, a bit of basil, the last bit of the prosciutto, and finishing off with a ball of mozzarella.
- You may make the skewers a few hours in advance and drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving.
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Sunday 2nd of October 2022
This recipe is delicious. However, I didn’t have screws, so I actually made mine into a salad. And it turned out really good.
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Monday 22nd of May 2017
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Wednesday 2nd of March 2016
Yum! I just love fresh mozzarella. It would be so good combined with all these wonderful flavors!
Wednesday 16th of March 2016
Fresh mozzarella is such a fabulous pairing cheese (if you don't eat it first!) ;)
Thursday 17th of December 2015
Do you have the recipe for you "easy balsamic glaze"? I haven't found a good one in the store yet. Thanks.
Thursday 17th of December 2015
Never mind... I just saw it in the instructions for the glaze. I should get some sleep. LOL Happy holidays!
Tuesday 15th of December 2015
OMG Yes! I have to make these! And I feel ya on the date nights in... when the hubby went to med school we were only living on my salary and it was hard. There were many a nights with a frozen pizza watching a bootleg movie together. Thankfully med school is behind us now!
Friday 18th of December 2015
It's nice to be done with school, isn't it? ;) I love the memories from those "starting out" days, but I'm glad to feel a little more like an adult now (most of the time)