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Strawberry Caprese with Lemon and Basil

Valentina K. Wein
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.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Marinating Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizers and Hors d'Oeuvres
Cuisine Italian, American
Servings 4
Calories 161 kcal


  • 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
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, drained and cut into 2 dozen cubes
  • 1 dozen medium to large-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 and salt.
  • 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.)
Keywords summer dinner party, party food
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