Recipe By Nicole Cox
Published Jan 14th
Watermelon Caprese Appetizer
Prep 30m Cook - Additional - Ready In 30m
Servings 4 servings Calories 329.6

A refreshing appetizer for the summer, my family loved this so much they ate more than a serving each. Also great for those who love the flavor of caprese but aren’t huge fans of tomatoes.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 sprigs fresh basil, stems removed
  • 1 small watermelon, fruit removed with a melon baller
  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Trim basil leaves into small circles about 1 inch in diameter.
  2. 2 Thread watermelon and mozzarella cheese on toothpicks, sandwiching a basil leaf in between. Arrange on a serving plate.
  3. 3 Pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar over toothpicks. Sprinkle salt and black pepper on top.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 329.6
  • Carbohydrate 28.2 g
  • Cholesterol 44.5 mg
  • Fat 19.5 g
  • Fiber 1.4 g
  • Protein 12.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 9.1 g
  • Sodium 125.4 mg
  • Sugar 23.5 g


  1. Great recipe for social distancing. I used balsamic glaze and it came out wonderfully. Perfect summer app.
  2. Made as directed and it turned out great. Very impressive looking little bites!
  3. I’d thicken the balsamic vinegar...maybe a reduction would be nice, so when I squirted it on finished skewers, it might make a defined line instead of draining off.
  4. Love this recipe! It was my first time using watermelon instead of tomatoes. Very refreshing and everyone enjoyed it.
  5. Everyone loved it. Great new take an old favorite for a summer BBQ.
  6. Nice twist on the traditional caprese appetizer that is made with cherry tomatoes. The watermelon adds a nice pop of freshness and it really does pair well with the mozzarella basil and balsamic vinegar. I did use a balsamic glaze that I had on hand which really adds a nice sweetness. Thanks for the recipe!
  7. This recipe is amazing first thing to go at any summer get together. We love basil so we use bigger basil leaves and fold them in half set between the mozzarella and watermelon. You gotta try this!
  8. Liked it. Refreshing. I used feta cubes. Next time would ensure feta bigger so it did not flake off the tooth pick.
  9. We loved this! My mom gave me some cubed watermelon, so I just used that and I also opted to use balsamic glaze b/c I had some on hand from another recipe. The flavors were great! This is a definite keeper for the summer~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)