By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

This kid-friendly recipe is quick and easy for young cooks to prepare with just a little help from an adult.

Number of servings

Serves 5
  1. Healthy carb


  1. 8 ounces fresh part-skim mozzarella balls, about 15 balls
  2. 8 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes, about 10 tomatoes
  3. 10 large fresh basil leaves
  4. 10 fun party picks or any long toothpicks
  5. Balsamic vinegar (optional)


Cut each mozzarella ball in half. Set aside. Then cut the tomatoes in half and set them aside too. Tear each basil leaf into 3 or 4 pieces.

Stick the sharp end of a pick through one basil leaf. Then add a tomato half to the pick. After that, add half a mozzarella ball. Repeat by adding another tomato half, followed by another mozzarella half and finish with one more tomato half. Fill 9 more toothpicks in this way.

Eat as is or sprinkle a little vinegar on first.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 2 items

  • Total carbohydrate 3 g
  • Dietary fiber 0.6 g
  • Sodium 284 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Trans fat 0
  • Cholesterol 23 mg
  • Protein 12 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 2 g
  • Calories 123
  • Added sugars 0

This recipe is one of 50 collected in "The Mayo Clinic Kids' Cookbook," published by Good Books.

Aug. 15, 2012