It may be too hot for beefsteak tomatoes to set on the vine, but cherry and grape tomatoes are still going strong here in Central Texas.

Now is a great time to take advantage of the grocery store specials for smaller tomatoes and make this heart-healthy recipe for tomato mozzarella bites. It’s also a fun, easy recipe you can make with the kids.

These appetizers are nutritious and low-calorie. The ingredients are also available year-round.

This healthy recipe is also gluten-free.

Recipe: Tomato Mozzarella Bites


  • 20 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • 20 small balls fresh mozzarella cheese (10 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin
  • 20 decorative tooth picks


Using a toothpick, spear a half of a tomato, a piece of basil, mozzarella ball (1/2 ounce), and another half of a tomato. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Place on a decorative plate and sprinkle with pepper.

Dipping Sauce

Mix the vinegar and oil together in a small serving bowl.

Nutritional Analysis for 1 bite

Without Dipping Sauce With Dipping Sauce
Calories 38 61
Carbohydrate 1 g 1 g
Fiber 0 g 0 g
Fat 2.5 g 5 g
Protein 3 g 3 g
Sodium 20 mg 20 mg