Friday, August 24, 2012

Simple Tomato Mozzarella Appetizer



Having company over? Looking for a healthy lunchbox snack? Too hot to cook? Perhaps you just don't feel like cooking? This simple appetizer is easy enough even for a toddler to assemble. Three ingredients and you're good to go, it's like nature's candy!

It's certainly not a meal, but great as an alternative to a salad, yummy drizzled with some olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. It's fun for toddlers and kids to make and eat, you just have them help themselves. We prefer spinach because basil has too much of a kick for my toddler. For some flavor and balance you could sandwich a tiny basil leaf piece in between the tomato and the mozzarella in addition to the spinach leaf around it. 

Ingredients:

Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
Mozzarella Cheese
Spinach or Basil Leaves
Toothpicks for assembly

Directions: 

1. Please tell me you don't actually need directions for this!
2. Recipes that don't need directions are #1 in my book!
3. Go make some!

If you're expecting company, stock up on the ingredients, you'll need a lot! It's light and healthy, sure doesn't feel like you've stuffed yourself. 


50 comments:

  1. I love that you put them on toothpicks! What a great idea :)

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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  2. That's pretty cool, we are into raw food at this point and this is a good idea..i will just have to figure out about the dairy part, i dont eat dairy but the kids do somewhat.... thanks for sharing

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    1. You're welcome! If you don't eat dairy you could use olives instead or pickles, yum :)

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  3. That's cute. I love finding creative ways to present the food to kids, especially since mine is so picky.

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    1. Mine has picky days sometimes, so this works!

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  4. What a great idea, it sounds so delicious but so simple! And also fun enough that my 3 year old might even eat it! Thank you!

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  5. Those look simple to whip up but yet can be jazzy enough for guests!

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    1. Exactly, I brought it to a get together before :)

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  6. I love this combination.. especially with olive oil.

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    1. You could also make your own dressing with a bit of apple cider vinegar, EVOO, salt, and spices :)

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  7. It actually can be a meal! I just had a caprese sandwich for lunch, which is pretty much that on bread. :) Very popular in the midwest this time of year!

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    1. That sounds delish, thanks for the tip!

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  8. These look delicious! I made something similar that also had olives and was on skewers ... if you ever wanted to expand it a little. I've seen people add cheese tortellini and salami as well ... I am partial to the simplicity of yours though! :)

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    1. I think anything on skewers looks great :)

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  9. This looks so fancy and delish!

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    1. Exactly, it just LOOKS fancy, but isn't :)

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  10. this is so healthy and fresh... i LOVE to make capreses sandawichs out of these ingrediants soo good! then you have a meal!

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    1. Yes, that's a great way to eat the same ingredients as well!

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  11. this looks so yummy and pretty!

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  12. These look absolutely fabulous. My sister is getting married Saturday, so we are hosting a luncheon that day for the families and the bridal party. I may be making these for them! I've been trying to think of a good, easy, finger-food snack, and this seems perfect!

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  13. I love this! It is my kinda recipe. Simple yet very yummy looking. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I love this recipe, i actually love the caprese salad which has basil, lettuce and mozzarella cheese so it's very close to this recipe and my favorite things that are in it are the basil and mozzarella :) Thanks for this great recipe! I'll try it, it's healthy, looks delicious and a great light dinner or lunch idea :)

    liz.ticona@yahoo.com

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  15. This would be a perfect appetizer for a small gathering. And easy too! Thanks for the recipe!

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  16. One of my favorite combinations! Love that you put them on skewers! I would dress them up with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

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  17. These are so pretty and they look really yummy!

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  18. I am always looking for quick & easy recipes. thanks

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  19. I am with you - recipes without directions! Thanks!

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  20. This looks yummy!! I love anything with cheese :)

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  21. Mozzarella and tomatoes are truly best friends! This is a cute appetizer for summer. I really need to garden so I can have plenty of tomatoes in the summer.

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  22. Oh this sounds like a really delicious and awesome recipe! Have you tried drizzling it with some balsamic vinegar? :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Love tomatoes,love mozzarella,and looks very ekegant and simple to make.

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  24. Wow, this sounds sooo good! I can't wait to make this. It looks tasty and healthy:)

    Shandi Naugle

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  25. My cosin made this with fresh basil from her garden for a baby shower. They were amazing, and perfect for an outside summer lunch!

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  26. Going to make these next Sunday for football!

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  27. This looks delicious and I think I may try it out for my next ladies night!

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  28. Yummy! I love grape and cherry tomatoes! I'm definitely going to make this! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  29. These are pretty and quick snacks! I love that you mentioned in another post that the cherry tomatoes are your little one's "candy". :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  30. I totally repinned this. I love Caprese Salad, but don't make it in the winter. These would be the perfect h'ors d'oeuvres for a holiday party...Christmas Colors:) I might do spinach AND basil.

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  31. Love it. SO simple and nutritious!

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  32. What a simple healthy beautiful dish! Great meal for toddlers and everyone else.
    As someone who eats real food (limit the processed food to next to zero!) it's so nice to find other health conscious folks.

    thanks for a great website!

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  33. I love this! So easy, so quick, no baking. I like the basil leaves over the spinach leaves. Fresh mozz. is so good!

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  34. These are super cute and look really yummy!! I will have to try them for our next party because they are so easy!! Thanks!! :)

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  35. These look great. I made longer ones once with bamboo. These are a lot cuter & bite sized. I think I'd rather serve your at a party.

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