Caprese Salad Bites with Garlic Balsamic Reduction

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  • 2025 mozzarella balls (8 oz container)
  • 1015 cherry (grape) tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1015 basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • Toothpicks


  1. For the balsamic reduction:
  2. Add the vinegar and crushed garlic to a small pan and bring to a simmer
  3. Let the vinegar and garlic simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the reduction thickens and resembles the texture of a syrup
  4. For the salad bites:
  5. Cut the tomatoes in half
  6. Slice the basil leaves in half unless they are small leaves so the basil doesn’t overpower the other flavors in the bite
  7. On each toothpick, add one half of a cherry (or grape) tomato, the basil (folded in half so it doesn’t stick out too far) and one ball of mozzarella
  8. Repeat until all the bites are done and place them on a plate or tray
  9. Season all of them with salt and pepper, and drizzle a liberal amount of balsamic reduction on top