Say goodbye to boring vegetable platters that everyone and their mother brings to a party and say hello to these fun Watermelon Caprese Skewers!
This recipe was developed in paid partnership with Filippo Berio. Thank you for being supportive of me working with brands I use and love.
What do you bring to a party?
All summer long we’re constantly being invited to someone’s house for a BBQ, potluck dinner, or birthday celebration. Even if the host doesn’t ask you to bring a dish, it’s still pretty customary to bring one.
I don’t know about you guys, but I am sooo tired of seeing vegetable platters at these gatherings.
They’re literally raw vegetables and some sort of dip, usually ranch. Snoozefest.
Also, at the end of the party it’s usually the only food that was hardly even touched! You don’t want to be that person who brought the boring dish no one ate.Say goodbye to boring vegetable platters that everyone and their mother brings to a party and say hello to these fun Watermelon Caprese Skewers!
But we’re not here to talk about my feels around veggie platters, I want to tell you about the best vegetable platter REPLACEMENT!
Do you ever find yourself in a rut when trying to figure out an easy appetizer to bring to a party? We’ve all got our go-to, right? Well lately, these Watermelon Caprese Skewers have been mine!
The best party appetizer
I love caprese salads, especially in the summer when the local tomatoes are super ripe and juicy. But watermelon is a summer staple and there’s almost nothing more refreshing than the crisp bite of watermelon.
Caprese salads aren’t ideal party appetizers because you need a fork, knife, and plate for them and it’s just hard to walk around with all that. I’m not an octopus, although sometimes I totally wish I was because I’m constantly juggling a million things!
I’m also one of those people who runs into a store for “just one thing” and 27 items later I’m looking a little crazy.
Anyways, when you turn everyone’s favorite salad into finger food using a cocktail toothpick, it’s a big hit at any party!
These skewers are the perfect party appetizer because you can quickly make them ahead of time and they will taste amazing throughout the entire party.
Make them year round (as long as you have access to watermelon) and it will literally be summer wherever you bring these Watermelon Caprese Skewers!These Watermelon Caprese Skewers are basically summer on a stick!
Watermelon Caprese Skewers
Or watermelon caprese kabobs, whatever you want to call them, but yea, you heard that right watermelon caprese. Doesn’t that just sound like a refreshing bite of heaven?
Now these aren’t just any old Watermelon Caprese Skewers. These are skewers stacked with fresh watermelon, basil, mozzarella, and prosciutto, then drizzled with the best balsamic glaze from Filippo Berio.
I think the prosciutto makes them extra special and also makes them look fancy AF. We’re all about finding easy ways to impress people, right?
Balsamic glaze – DIY or store bought?
There are two types of people in this world: the type who stares at a pot of simmering balsamic vinegar waiting for it to turn into a rich glaze and the type who knows how precious time is and opts for pre-made balsamic glaze.
Can you guess which one I am? Yea, I prefer to spend my time elsewhere and opt for the Filippo Berio’s Balsamic Glaze. Which is really freaking good!
How to make Watermelon Caprese Skewers
- Start off with a fresh seedless watermelon. Begin slicing it into 1 inch thick squares, or use a melon baller to make perfect round circles.
- Using fresh mozzarella balls like these, fresh basil leaves, and thinly sliced prosciutto, begin stacking the skewers. Watermelon, mozzarella, basil, prosciutto, repeat.
- Toss baby arugula with some olive oil and lemon juice, arrange it on a platter (these are great because they’re so light and easy to transport) and place the skewers over top. Then drizzle the skewers with Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze and season with salt and pepper over top. I used flaky salt for mine.
The arugula is optional, but I think it makes the presentation look nice, plus it turns a finger food into a small salad!
Note: if you worry that your guests might not enjoy biting into a basil leaf, you can chop the basil instead and sprinkle it over top before serving. I like using an herb scissors for this.
Check out my other recipes using Filippo Berio products:
- Roasted Beet Hummus
- Broccolini With Marcona Almonds
- Heart Beet Brownies
- Pesto Grilled Cheese
- Burrata Pesto Pizza
- Lemon Orzo Salad With Garlic Butter Shrimp
Bring these Watermelon Caprese Skewers to your next BBQ and you’ll be the hit of the party!
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Watermelon Caprese Skewers
- 1/2 seedless watermelon
- 8 oz ciliegine fresh mozzarella
- 8 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves about 40
- Filippo Berio Balsamic Glaze for drizzling
- 1 tablespoon Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 1/2 lemon juice
- salt and pepper
- cocktail toothpicks
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, toss arugula with olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, then arrange it on a platter.
- Slice watermelon into 1 inch squares and set aside.
- Pierce the watermelon, mozzarella, basil, and prosciutto through the toothpick. Repeat once more and place the watermelon skewers over the arugula. Season the skewers with salt and pepper, then drizzle the balsamic glaze over top.