Appetizers, Vegetarian

Caprese Tortellini Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Tortellini Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are the perfect party appetizer! This no-bake appetizer can easily be made in 25 minutes! The combination of tomato and basil along with creamy mozzarella and cheesy tortellini is a perfect bite. It’s full of all the simple Italian flavors we know and love.

Caprese skewers with tortellini are the best appetizer for a party because they can be made ahead of time and are portable (perfect for a potluck!). Plus, everyone loves appetizers on skewers, right?! If you’re looking for more delicious appetizers, try my Cranberry, Prosciutto, and Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini next.

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Caprese tortellini skewers with balsamic glaze on a serving tray.

This cold tortellini appetizer is inspired by a tortellini caprese salad. This salad on a skewer is topped with a sweet and savory balsamic glaze. Your guests will be reaching for seconds.

I especially love that you can serve these tortellini caprese skewers all year round. They are a good cold summer appetizer or holiday party finger food. These skewers are one of my favorite inexpensive cold appetizers for a crowd.

Ingredients needed to make tortellini caprese skewers: cheese tortellini, grape tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves.
Cheese tortellini, mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and fresh basil.
A bottle of Trader Joe's balsamic glaze on a plaster table.
Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients Needed for Caprese Tortellini Skewers:

  • Skewers – These are the skewers I use for this recipe – size 4.7 inches long from Amazon.
  • Tortellini – I use cheese tortellini, but any flavor would be good to use for these tortellini caprese bites.
  • Tomatoes – The size of cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes work best in this recipe.
  • Mozzarella – I like to use small mozzarella balls to make these party skewers. If you can’t find mozzarella in small bite-sized balls, you can cut up a larger ball of mozzarella cheese into cubes to make these tortellini mozzarella skewers.
  • Basil – You will need fresh basil leaves for these tortellini basil skewers.
  • Balsamic glaze – I use Trader Joe’s balsamic glaze to drizzle over these caprese skewers.
  • Olive oil, lemon, salt, & pepper
Cooked and chilled tortellini with tomatoes and mozzarella marinating in olive oil mixture in a medium sized bowl.
Cooked and chilled tortellini with tomatoes and mozzarella marinating in olive oil mixture.

How to Make Caprese Tortellini Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

This easy appetizer on a stick was inspired by a healthy caprese salad. These salad kabobs are a deliciously fun finger food and simple to make for a large gathering.

First, boil water and cook the tortellini according to the package instructions. Once the tortellini are cooked, drain them in a colander and run cold water over them to cool.

Next, in a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add the chilled tortellini, tomatoes, and mozzarella to the bowl. Mix the ingredients together and let them marinate for at least 15 minutes.

Finally, it’s time for the fun part – assemble the caprese tortellini skewers! Add one tomato, basil leaf, tortellini, and mozzarella ball to each skewer. Then place the completed skewers on a platter and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

My favorite part about this easy appetizer is that it can be made ahead of time. I like to make these Caprese Tortellini Skewers with Balsamic Glaze the night before or the morning before a party. If you’re not having a party, no problem, they are also good to meal prep for lunches or snacks for the week.

Tortellini caprese skewers arranged on a platter with a green kitchen towel, tomatoes, and basil in the background.

FAQs

What is a Caprese Salad?

Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad. It’s made of sliced mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil The salad is assembled by overlapping the ingredients on a plate and is traditionally seasoned with salt and olive oil.

What is balsamic glaze?

Balsamic glaze is a reduction of balsamic vinegar and is thicker in consistency. Grocery stores sell premade balsamic glaze, but you can also make it yourself. To make balsamic glaze: simmer balsamic vinegar in a saucepan for about 15 minutes until it’s reduced by half.

One caprese skewer is on a blue plate. Multiple tortellini skewers with balsamic glaze are on a serving tray in the background.
Caprese tortellini skewers with balsamic glaze on a serving tray with tomatoes and basil on the side.

Caprese Tortellini Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Tortellini Skewers with Balsamic Glaze are an easy no-bake appetizer. Caprese skewers with tortellini are always a crowd pleaser.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 18 skewers
Calories 50 kcal

Equipment

  • 18 Skewers
  • Large pot to boil water

Ingredients
  

  • 18 cheese tortellini
  • 18 mozzarella small bite-sized balls
  • 18 grape tomatoes
  • 18 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • drizzle of balsamic glaze as much as desired

Instructions
 

  • Cook tortellini according to the package directions. Drain tortellini in a colander and run cold water over them to cool.
  • Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium size bowl. Add tortellini, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese to the bowl and toss to mix. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  • Add one tomato, basil leaf, tortellini, and mozzarella ball to each skewer. Place the completed skewers on a platter and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve immediately or cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

  • The skewers I use for this recipe are 4.7 inches long from Amazon (linked in post)
  • I only had 18 mozzarella balls, so I could only make 18 Caprese Tortellini Skewers. Simply double or triple the ingredients to make more servings.
Keyword caprese, skewers, tortellini

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  3. Riyah Speaks

    5 stars
    This appetizer looks so yummy and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  4. 5 stars
    These look delicious! Perfect appetizers and I can’t believe how easy they are to make! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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