Caprese Salad – Christmas Appetizer

Caprese salad is a super simple salad made of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. I usually think of it as a summer salad, when tomatoes are in season where I live.

But, this is the Christmas version—formed into a candy cane design for a fun and festive take on this classic salad.

Related: Find more holiday appetizer ideas in our archive.

Caprese Salad Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes – the more flavorful and fresh the better
  • Fresh Mozzarella – I like to slice this myself to get the thickness I prefer
  • Basil – The leaves can stay whole or you can chop them up to sprinkle over the salad
  • Olive Oil & Salt – to drizzle and sprinkle over the top before serving

Tips for Making Caprese Salad:

  • Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella a similar thickness for a uniform serving look.
  • You can still achieve this candy cane look even if you choose to chop the items into cubes or smaller pieces.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle on a little flaky sea salt just before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

Although this salad is great on its own, here are some things you might want to serve it with:

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tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad styled like a candy cane

Yield 8

Prep 10 mins

Total 10 mins


  • Wash and slice the tomatoes into thin pieces, removing any steam areas as needed.

  • Slice the mozzarella into thin or thick pieces depending on your preference.

  • Leave the basil leaves whole or chop into small pieces.

  • Arrange the ingredients in a candy cane design.

  • Drizzle with oil and sprinkle on sea salt before serving.