By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

If you can't find cherry-sized mozzarella balls, any fresh mozzarella (packed in water or whey) will work.

Number of servings

Serves 5
  1. Low-sodium
  2. Meatless
  3. Healthy-carb
  4. Gluten-free


  1. 8 ounces fresh mozzarella (about 10 cherry-sized balls)
  2. 8 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes (about 15 tomatoes)
  3. 10 large fresh basil leaves
  4. 10 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. 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 picks in this way.

Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 2 party picks

  • Total carbohydrate 4 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sodium 100 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 32 mg
  • Protein 9 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 3 g
  • Calories 124
  • Total sugars 1 g
  • Added sugars 0 g

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

Sept. 08, 2018