Caprese Salad Bites is an idea I came up from as I was picking tomatoes from my garden. I thought I was so clever, until I explored the internet later and discovered it has been done. Maybe I’m not so clever after all. A funny story about my little tomatoes is that I kept looking at them in the garden from afar, waiting for them to turn a bright red color. I waited and waited. No bright red tomatoes. Finally, I went closer to check the tag we left in the dirt. They are “sun gold” tomatoes. They’re suppose to stay an orange color. The pictures actually turned out more red then the tomatoes look in person. As I discovered that a bunch of sun gold tomatoes were actually ready, I began picking. Bummer that there were a lot of missed opportunities with a lot of tomatoes that had fallen to the ground. It was lunch time. I was hungry. I began to consider what I was going to do with a bunch of mini tomatoes, and I thought of caprese salad. After all, as you saw from my pesto recipe post, I have tons of basil too. It only made sense. The last thing I needed was the mozzarella. I didn’t have any on hand…or did I? String cheese. Right? That’s mozzarella. Oh sure, you could make these with a more quality mozzarella cut up nicely. However, you can also just make it work with what you have on hand. These caprese salad bites became part of my lunch that day. Yummy! They would be a fabulous appetizer at any party or get together. It is a simple, tasty and healthy bite.
Here are my beautiful “sun gold” tomatoes. Yup, that’s what they’re called. They are a wonderful little tomato. My daughter, Abigail, loves to eat them straight off the vine. When I buy cherry tomatoes, she’ll eat half the package in a sitting.
Like I said, I had string cheese on hand, so that is what I used for my mozzarella.
It’s easy to stack these guys up once you have all the ingredients ready.
I poured some balsamic vinegar and olive oil together. You can serve these bites with the balsamic-olive oil dip or you can drizzle this mixture over the caprese bites.
Who can turn away this healthy, colorful bite of deliciousness?