Caprese Salad – Christmas Appetizer

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Caprese salad is a super simple salad made of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. I usually think of it as a summer salad, when tomatoes are in season where I live.

But, this is the Christmas version—formed into a candy cane design for a fun and festive take on this classic salad.

Related: Find more holiday appetizer ideas in our archive.

Caprese Salad Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes – the more flavorful and fresh the better
  • Fresh Mozzarella – I like to slice this myself to get the thickness I prefer
  • Basil – The leaves can stay whole or you can chop them up to sprinkle over the salad
  • Olive Oil & Salt – to drizzle and sprinkle over the top before serving

Tips for Making Caprese Salad:

  • Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella a similar thickness for a uniform serving look.
  • You can still achieve this candy cane look even if you choose to chop the items into cubes or smaller pieces.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle on a little flaky sea salt just before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

Although this salad is great on its own, here are some things you might want to serve it with:


Caprese Salad – Christmas Appetizer

tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad styled like a candy cane
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword caprese salad, salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 19kcal


  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • 1 log mozzarella cheese
  • 6-8 leaves basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • flaky sea salt


  • Wash and slice the tomatoes into thin pieces, removing any steam areas as needed.
  • Slice the mozzarella into thin or thick pieces depending on your preference.
  • Leave the basil leaves whole or chop into small pieces.
  • Arrange the ingredients in a candy cane design.
  • Drizzle with oil and sprinkle on sea salt before serving.


Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 0.04g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.02mg

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