Caprese bites with balsamic vinaigrette make an excellent keto snack or appetizer choice.
Snacks and Appetizers

Balsamic Vinaigrette Caprese Salad Bites

 

Caprese Salad Bites are an easy appetizer for a casual gathering or the perfect snack when you're looking for something sweet and tangy.

 

Caprese Salad Bites are an easy appetizer for a casual gathering or the perfect snack when you’re looking for something sweet and tangy.

One thing I have never been able to wrap my taste buds around is licorice. Specifically, black licorice. Most people either love it or hate it. I’m a member of the latter group.

I’ll politely decline fennel, and anise isn’t welcome in my tea. Basil, on the other hand, is a completely different story. I can handle the hints of licorice in fresh basil. It’s especially delicious when paired with the creaminess of mozzarella pearls and the sweet spark of a grape tomato. Finish it off with a tangy balsamic vinegar, and we’re looking at a caprese salad.

A bit about caprese salad and keto.

Traditionally, caprese salad consists of fresh mozzarella, slices of tomato, and fresh basil, topped with salt and a drizzle of olive oil. While not traditional, balsamic vinegar lifts a caprese salad to a new level and has become a fan favorite of diners everywhere.

Unfortunately, balsamic vinegar has too many carbs per tablespoon for a keto diet. If I really wanted to I could write in those extra 3 carbs during my food planning sessions, and they would be totally worth it. But, I don’t always have room for the extra carbs, depending on the other foods I have planned for the day.

A balsamic vinegar reduction, however, is another sad story for the keto dieter. Yes it tastes amazing on caprese salad, but sadly those carbs won’t evaporate. For this reason, when you reduce the vinegar you’re just increasing the number of carbs in a tablespoon, making it a far less keto friendly condiment than before.

Decisions on ingredients

Don’t worry, there is hope for balsamic vinegar in this dish yet! My homemade balsamic vinaigrette provides a tangy kick with a nod to the traditional salt and olive drizzle. Thus, less carbs and more flavor.

As a result, you can have your balsamic vinegar and eat it too while on a keto diet!

Slicing fresh mozzarella is not a skill I possess. Instead of struggling with the mozzarella, I decided to use mozzarella pearls instead. These small marble sized mozzarella bits are perfect for making bite sized snacks.

While bigger tomatoes, such as beefsteak, can pack a punch of flavor, little grape tomatoes can as well. In addition, they’re a lot easier to work with. Plus, they partner with the mozzarella pearls and fresh basil perfectly.


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Balsamic Vinaigrette Caprese Salad Bites

Sweet and tangy in all the right ways and bite sized to boot!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Thread one mini mozzarella ball onto a toothpick. 

  2. Pierce the base of a basil leaf onto the toothpick next, then add a grape tomato. Fold the basil leaf over the tomato and pierce the top of the leaf onto the toothpick on the other side of the tomato. 

  3. Thread one more mini mozzarella ball onto the toothpick. 

  4. Lay completed caprese salad bites on a plate and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.

Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Vinaigrette Caprese Salad Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 179mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Vitamin C 24.8mg30%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Disclaimer

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. I am not a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. Information is provided to the best of my ability. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. Please read our full nutrition disclaimer for more information.

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