The berries have been on sale for the past little while at the grocery store, so I’ve been on a real berry kick lately. I’m sure you can tell judging by the overwhelming amount of berry posts I’ve been doing over the past few weeks.

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Berries are great. But do you know what’s even better?

Berries combined with little mozzarella pearls and basil on a little wooden skewer.

Adorable. And very classy.

If you can’t tell, I am super excited about this recipe. These little appetizers are beauties. And they’re really light, refreshing and healthy too.

In my opinion, that’s the best type of appetizer there is.

Healthy. Tasty. And pretty.

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I served up these little beauties at an event right before Easter at the grocery store where I work. At first, I’ll admit that I got some strange looks. Like really weird and awkward looks.

Almost like those passing by skeptically looking at the tray out of the corner of their eye were saying, “who puts a berry on a stick with a little white ball and green leafy thing?”

I know. It’s a little weird.

But after clearing up what was actually on the little stick, some customers were brave enough to give the little skewer thingy a shot.

And guess what!?

After giving them a try, the customers couldn’t believe how refreshing they were. The women were all over it, listing off all of the places that they could serve up this gorgeous appetizer.

“For Easter brunch. At the cottage. And even for Grandma Martha’s 85th birthday party.”

And even the men said in a whispering tone that the appetizer was pretty darn good, as they nervously looked around to make sure no one saw them pick up the little pretty berry skewer. Which, of course, would totally ruin their reputation and manliness.

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What I love about this appetizer is that it only requires three simple ingredients. Blackberries (or insert berry of choice). Mozzarella pearls. Fresh basil. Easy peasy!

Berries are wonderful because they are chocked full of fibre and antioxidants and also are one of those fruits that are lower in sugar. The mozzarella pearls offer a dose of protein and calcium. And the basil offers a wonderful refreshing taste. Winning combo for a healthy appetizer.

Try em’ out for your next get together. Everyone will be commenting about how pretty they are!

Berry Caprese Skewers

Yield: 30 Skewers

Ingredients

  • 30 fresh black berries
  • 30 fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 15 fresh basil leaves
  • 30 wooden skewers or toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Wash berries and basil leaves. Tear basil leaves into quarters. Skewer one piece of basil, then a mozzarella pearl, followed by another piece of basil on a wooden skewer or toothpick. End with a blackberry.
  2. Serve & enjoy! If you have any leftovers, store in an airtight container. They’ll last for a few days in the fridge.

Adapted from Butter with a Side of Bread

Nutrition per skewer (based on one blackberry, one mozzarella pearl, 2 pieces of basil)

Servings: 30 • Calories: 12.6   • Fat: 0.6 g • Carbohydrates: 0.9 g • Fibre: 0.5 g • Protein: 0.8 g • Sugar: 0.4 g • Sodium: 5.7 mg • Cholesterol: 2.5 mg

Elysia, XOXO