Strawberry appetizers are fun and delicious! When you add lemon, basil and mozzarella to strawberries, you get a beautiful masterpiece. Strawberry Caprese with Lemon and Basil is the essence of summer — on a toothpick.
Inspiration for Strawberry Appetizers
I’ve been tasting strawberries for the past few weeks at my local Farmer’s Market, and they’ve been getting sweeter and sweeter.
Usually I rinse them off and eat them by the dozen. This time though, I bought so many that I decided to have a get together for cocktails and strawberry appetizers.
Isn’t this Strawberry Caprese with Lemon and Basil a gorgeous summer hors d’oeuvre? I’m in love with it.
It can be presented as an bite-sized hors d’oeuvre or plated as first course.
What’s in Strawberry Caprese with Lemon and Basil?
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt, pepper, sugar
The combination of lemon and strawberry with the aromatic basil and mild cheese is over-the-top tasty.
It’s tangy, sweet and of course — a scrumptious bite!
Strawberry Appetizers are Unexpected
I think we usually think of strawberries as being the star of desserts, or perhaps salads.
Where to get the Best Strawberries
I can’t seem to get enough strawberries during the summer months. And even though we can get them from warm places, like Mexico during the cooler months, they’re never as good as they will be peak season, grown close to where you get them.
If you have a good Farmers Market near you, that’s usually going to be the best place to find the sweetest berries.
You should always buy organic strawberries if you’re able to. Here’s why.
I hope you love this Strawberry Caprese with Lemon and Basil as much as I do! And maybe you’ll even have a party filled with strawberry appetizers like I did.
More delicious strawberry appetizers:
- Strawberry Avocado Salsa
- Grilled Strawberry Basil Kebabs
- Minty Lime Strawberry Granita Cups
- Strawberry Chipotle Compote Bacon Meatballs
- Roasted Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini
And more straight up strawberry recipes:
- Strawberry Rosemary Cake
- Strawberry Swirl No-Churn Ice Cream
- Strawberry Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Strawberry appetizers are fun and delicious! When you add lemon, basil and mozzarella to strawberries, you get a beautiful masterpiece. Strawberry Caprese with Lemon and Basil is the essence of summer -- on a toothpick.
- about 2 dozen small to medium sized fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced (see notes)
- zest from 1 medium-sized lemon
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon sugar
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, drained and cut into 2 dozen cubes
- 1 dozen medium-sized fresh strawberries, washed and dried, stems removed
- freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl, combine the basil leaves, lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, salt and sugar.
Add the cubed mozzarella and gently toss to be sure all of the cheese is well coated. Cover with plastic wrap, place in the refrigerator, and marinate for 15 minutes.
While the cheese is marinating, cut the strawberries, horizontally, into ¼ to ½-inch slices. (There will be a handful of "scraps" that you should eat. Right now, while you're cooking. Delicious!)
Remove the marinating cheese from the refrigerator and place 1 dozen of the largest strawberry slices on a serving plate. Place one piece of cheese on top of each strawberry base, being sure to pick up bits of basil and lemon zest with each one. Add a second slice of strawberry on top, followed by another piece of cheese (again, well coated with basil and zest). Now gently stick a toothpick through each stack.
Crack black pepper over the entire plate and serve. (Be generous with the pepper, it adds a nice kick to the sweetness of the berries.)
To thinly slice the basil, pile the leaves on top of each other to form a stack. Roll them up tightly, lengthwise, and then horizontally, cut this roll into thin slices. (This cut is called a chiffonade.)