A great way to serve tomato mozzarella salad. Great presentation; always a hit! You can find the bite-sized mozzarella ('Bocconcini') at most supermarkets. If they are on the larger side, cut them in half.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Using a toothpick, spear a half of a tomato, a leaf of basil, a mozzarella ball, and another half of a tomato. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

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  • Place on a serving dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix the vinegar and oil together in a small bowl to serve as a dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts

224.8 calories; 9.4 g protein; 5.4 g carbohydrates; 39.3 mg cholesterol; 151.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2007
Sooo goooood!! I literally JUST posted this recipe on here as well after finding a similar one a different site. I brought these last night to a picnic and they were a hit! There were none left and I made about 50 of them! I bought everything from Trader Joes-a pack of basil, sweet cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella balls that came in a container with an olive oil/herb marinade. I assembled these like this picture and since the balls were already in a marinade I just spooned a tiny bit of the marinade left in the container over the entire plate! Then I sprinkled a tiny bit of salt and cracked pepper. Also, I used the rest of the basil to cover the plate before arranging these. It's a beautiful presentation! A must have for parties, picnics, wherever!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2011
Very pretty! However the cheese started drying out very quickly after I set the tray out. It tasted much better when I started making them than when they actually were eaten just about an hour later. Read More
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384 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 84
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2007
Sooo goooood!! I literally JUST posted this recipe on here as well after finding a similar one a different site. I brought these last night to a picnic and they were a hit! There were none left and I made about 50 of them! I bought everything from Trader Joes-a pack of basil, sweet cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella balls that came in a container with an olive oil/herb marinade. I assembled these like this picture and since the balls were already in a marinade I just spooned a tiny bit of the marinade left in the container over the entire plate! Then I sprinkled a tiny bit of salt and cracked pepper. Also, I used the rest of the basil to cover the plate before arranging these. It's a beautiful presentation! A must have for parties, picnics, wherever!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2007
Sooo goooood!! I literally JUST posted this recipe on here as well after finding a similar one a different site. I brought these last night to a picnic and they were a hit! There were none left and I made about 50 of them! I bought everything from Trader Joes-a pack of basil, sweet cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella balls that came in a container with an olive oil/herb marinade. I assembled these like this picture and since the balls were already in a marinade I just spooned a tiny bit of the marinade left in the container over the entire plate! Then I sprinkled a tiny bit of salt and cracked pepper. Also, I used the rest of the basil to cover the plate before arranging these. It's a beautiful presentation! A must have for parties, picnics, wherever!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/06/2007
I used Ciliegine Mozzarella (the smallest fresh mozzarella balls) but I wish I had been more concerned w/ the quality of the mozzarella instead of the size. The brand I chose was completely flavorless. I can halve a bigger ball but it's hard to add flavor to flavorless mozzarella.;o) Like so many reviewers I used the vinegar & oil as a marinade instead of as a dip. Don't skimp on the salt! I think next time I'll either put a little bowl of salt out to roll the tomatoes in or I'll serve the bites on a bed of kosher salt. Great appetizer for a fettucine alfredo dinner...thanks! SiNsGirl's pic is superb so I saved myself the embarassment of posting a pic. LOL Great job SiNsGirl! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2007
If you only use 1/2 grape tomato basil leaf & 1/2 mozzarella ball on a toothpick you have a 1 bite snack! Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2009
I use grape tomatoes and mozzarella balls approximately the same size and cut both in half placing them on a toothpick starting with 1/2 tomato piece of basil mozzarella basil and tomato place them on serving dish....then I make an olive tapenade and drizzle that over the tomato mozzarella bites.....delicious!tapenade recipe is as follows:1/4 cup chopped pitted kalmata olives 1/2 cup xtra v. OO 1/4 tsp minced garlic 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper pinch dried oregano..mix all in a mini blender and pulse until blended..drizzle over tomato bites....now it is a 5 star!! this tapenade freezes well for future use! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2007
I served these at an appetizer party and everyone thought they were really cute and tasty. Instead of using the balsamic vinegar as a dip I drizzled it on top of the bites with some zesty italian dressing and dried herbs. Turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2007
Very easy to make I had my daughter put them together. I did purchase the fresh mozzarella in the dairy section and cut it into 1/2 in cubes the fresh mozzarella mini balls were a little pricey. I also just purchased a bottle balsalmic vinagrette and marinated the bites in that. Tasted like bruchetta without the bread! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2007
I too used the oil and vinegar as a marinade and found these to be a very easy tasty appetizer. Since I don't like salty food I orginally didn't add much salt but upped the amount after reading the review by IMVINTAGE. It made a huge difference in the flavor. Heavenly! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2008
This was really good! I used the marinated braid from Trader Joes just unbraided it and cut in chunks. It made about 40 of them. I poured the whole thing of evoo and balsomic vinegar over the top and just poured it off before I plated it (30min later) next time I think I will make far less of it and drizzle it over them after I plate them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2008
These rocked!! Everyone at the bbq that I took it to LOVED it AND requested it. Thank you to all who suggested the marinated mozzarella from Trader Joes - yum! This hands down will become one of my must have favorites. Thanks for a yummy recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2011
Very pretty! However the cheese started drying out very quickly after I set the tray out. It tasted much better when I started making them than when they actually were eaten just about an hour later. Read More
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