Mini Caprese Salads

The Shiksa’s Passover Potluck is a unique annual online event. I’ve invited my friends, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to share recipes that are kosher for Passover. My goals are simple– to foster mutual understanding between different cultures, to introduce you to my foodie friends, and to share yummy recipes and cooking ideas for Passover! To learn more about the Passover holiday, click here. To learn about what makes a recipe kosher for Passover, click here. To check out the other Passover Potluck recipes, click here.

Today’s Passover Potluck recipe comes from Ann at Cooking Healthy for Me. Ann and I are what I like to call “blogging buddies”… meaning I’ve never actually met her in person! I’ve followed Ann’s blog for over a year now, so I feel like I know her pretty well, even if we’ve never met face-to-face. Ann is a blogger with a mission– to get healthy! Writing her blog helped her to stay on track as she changed her eating habits, and she’s become quite good at putting together simple, tasty, healthy dishes. I always enjoy reading her blog– her fun, positive outlook on life shines through in each post.

This is a pretty, colorful, dairy appetizer that also happens to be Passover friendly. After the Seder, I always host a few Passover-week meals for family and friends who are in town. If you’re like me, these meals tend to be lighter and easier– after all that brisket and matzo, I’m up for simple entrees and brighter flavors. I usually stick to vegetarian food; if the weather’s nice, I might throw a fish on the grill. This would be a great starter for one of those mid-week spring meals. I also think it’s a perfect warm weather appetizer for the summer months! Leave it to Ann to share an easy, tasty, and healthy option that is always a crowd pleaser.  ~ Tori

Ann says:

Chag Pesach Sameach - Wishing you a happy Passover! Many thanks to Tori for inviting me to this delicious and delightful Passover potluck. As a gentile with a Jewish son – I am delighted! My son converted to Judaism when he married my daughter-in-law. I have enjoyed many Shabbat dinners with my daughter-in-law and her extended family. What a wonderful meal steeped in tradition and love. My daughter-in-law is a pastry chef and comes from a long line of talented cooks. Between her and Tori, I knew I wanted to come up with something that was really tasty for the Passover Potluck!

My name is Ann….I’m the foodie at Cooking Healthy For Me! My doctor mandated that I start living healthy and I knew I had to change my eating habits. Blogging gave me a sense of accountability that I needed. Now, I blog because I love it and enjoy making healthy, tasty dishes!

Part of the fun of any get together is the company, so I wanted this to be kosher AND easy. I think I have just the appetizer for you! I was lucky enough to live in Sicily for 3 years back in the 90′s, and enjoying a caprese salad before a large gathering was always in fashion. It’s so delicious; you have to keep reminding yourself that there are more dishes to follow.

I’ve taken care of that for you with this caprese served in wee tasting glasses.  Just enough to whet your appetite for the other dishes to follow!

Mini Caprese Salads


  • 8 oz. mozzarella pearls (small mozzarella rounds)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 4 oz. small black olives, cut in half
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 large basil leaves, cut chiffonade, plus some small whole leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: 8
Kosher Key: Dairy
  • Assemble your ingredients.
  • Mix the mozzarella pearls, tomatoes and olives in a large bowl, set aside.
  • In another smaller bowl, add the scallions, garlic, chopped basil, salt and vinegar, mix together.
  • Add the olive oil and whisk together till well combined.
  • Add to the tomato mozzarella mixture and toss.
  • This can be served immediately or marinated for up to 24 hours. Serve in mini tasting glasses garnished with whole basil leaves.
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  1. Ann what a lovely presentation for a caprese salad which is one of my all time favorites.

    I havent looked at my calendar but I didn’t know Passover started already. Well thank you for bringing me over here to the Shiksa in the Kitchen. I will be sure to come back.

    • Tori Avey says:

      Hey Vicki, thanks for stopping by! Passover doesn’t begin till the evening of April 6. There are two major meals at the beginning of Passover, along with a week of meals with special kosher dietary restrictions. We Jews like to start planning ahead for these meals, which is why I’m hosting a potluck now in the weeks leading up to the holiday. :)

      If you’d like more information on the holiday, check out this link: link to

  2. What a great idea – I LOVE caprese :)

  3. Sandra says:

    Thanks Tori for inviting Ann here, she is a sweetheart. These are the perfect size to nibble on and there’s no guilt if you have more than one. Another great one Ann!

  4. Ann says:

    Hi Tori! Thank you SO much for inviting me to the pot-luck….I had a great time and can’t wait to see what everyone else puts together! Happy Passover!

  5. BetsyV says:

    Happy Passover!
    I love this! There is nothing more tasty,or creamy then fresh mozzarella. Add in the other ingredients and you have a simple but great way to start a meal!
    I am now going to check out this awesome site!
    Thanks Ann, for the heads up, and the recipe!

  6. Alyssa says:

    Such a pretty appetizer and so perfect for entertaining or a potluck! I love your photos too, Ann! Great guest post!

  7. Wow, Ann – lovely work. You are so talented. Happy Passover, Shiksa!

  8. Lori Lynn says:

    Hi Ann and Tori – now aren’t those just delightful? Love your choice of glassware for serving. Very fresh! Sweet contribution to the Potluck!

  9. Great recipe! I love caprese salads, one of my favorites!!! I love the little ball oz mozzarella pearls, so cute!!!

  10. Geez Louise! says:

    gorgeous, beautiful, and vibrant… those little dishes are so cute!

  11. Ann, these are beautiful, in the wee tasting glasses. This blog is gorgeous too. What a great collab between foodies!

  12. Great recipe from Ann as usual! The individual portions are just gorgeous & full of fresh vibrant colors! This is something that I’d definitely have at my table – I couldn’t ever help putting those black olives on my finger tips when I was younger & pretend like I was E.T. :) ha weird kid! Great guest post!!

  13. Beautiful presentation.

  14. This is fabulous! So easy and pretty!

  15. What a lovely, fresh and summery recipe. I love the combo of flavours you are presenting, and as usual the photography is lovely. Cheers to a beautiful summer salad!

  16. Heather says:

    I love the addition of Black Olives to the Caprese Salad – nicely done!

  17. Hello Tori! I came here from Ann’s blog. I’m enjoying her healthy recipes and great to see her post here. Ann, how beautiful your presentation is! I want this to be my appetizer for parties. I am thinking of putting in small cups (better with glass this kind of glassware!) for BBQ party. LOVE it! Nice to meet you Tori, and I always love your inspiring recipe Ann!

  18. Tina@flourtrader says:

    This is a wonderful dish for spring and for passover. Such vibrant fresh goodies in there! Stunning guest post!

  19. Dara says:

    Gorgeous! I am so in love with these salads. Great photos and I love the Passover Potluck. Well done.

  20. Daniel W. says:

    This looks delicious. I hadn’t thought to include black olives, and I typically use a balsamic vinaigrette — definitely will try this out over the summer (which, incidentally, has come early to Chicago).

  21. I would happy enough to eat this for dinner, never mind as just an appetizer! Well done Ann!

  22. Coco Galvez says:

    I love it!

  23. These little dishes are just gorgeous. So pretty and colorful and light. Perfect.

  24. Ilke says:

    Lovely presentation. I love this appetizer! Very nice to meet you Ann :)

  25. Liz Robillard says:

    With grape tomatoes and basil growing in the garden this Spring…what’s not love?

  26. Carol Esther says:

    I’m loving the Potluck!!! I am printing out the recipe, they are beautiful little salads and Kosher, too! I love it! Thank you, Ann, and thank you, Tori for including this recipe! I’m definitely making these and I know everyone will love them!

    Your Shiksa friend,

  27. Kristen says:

    This series is such a fabulous idea. Ann, your mini salads are so vibrant and beautiful.

  28. I love everything about this recipe!! So simple, but so yummy!

  29. Kim Bee says:

    These mini salads are adorable, I just love food in mini versions. Such a great appetizer. It is so fresh looking and the colour just pops off the screen. Great recipe for the potluck.

  30. Kristy says:

    This is just delightful Ann! I love how you served this in the glasses. It’s so bright and happy looking. A fantastic dish for a celebration. :)

  31. i married into a jewish family and am so excited for passover this year!!!

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