Cheese & Herb Appetizer

Got a kitchen herb garden? Make a Mediterranean basil and rosemary appetizer with cheese. This Caprese recipe is easy and quick. Eat it as a light snack for two, or make more if you choose. The more you make, the more you’ll want to eat.

kitchen herb garden
Mediterranean Herb Garden Caprese Appetizer

Kitchen Herb Gardens

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Kitchen gardens, especially one with herbs, are treasures to home chefs. Grow your own herb garden. It’s pleasant to take a walk through an herb garden and run your hand lightly over lemon balm leaves, rosemary twigs, or lavender. Intoxicating!

kitchen herb gardens

Fill small jars with water, and add a few herb leaves. The scent of each smells wonderful. But you can enjoy them even more. Make hot tea with lemon balm leaves. Add honey lemon. Lemon balm hot tea is soothing, relaxing.

Jars of Herbs
Herbs in Jars

Herbs have many wonderful uses, and they are great to use in recipes as well. In this recipe for Caprese Appetizers, I’ve used two different herbs. I walked outside and pulled a few twigs off of the rosemary, lavender, and lemon balm plants. First, though, I lingered just to take in the amazing aroma of the herbs. I filled three jars with water and added the herbs. They dress up a table setting in a delightful way.

There is another herb, however, that is common in Mediterranean and Caprese recipes. Basil. There are several types of basil, but sweet basil and Genovese basil are common ones to use in a Caprese salad or appetizer.

Caprese Appetizer Recipe

Mediterranean Mango Caprese Appetizer for Two

A Caprese appetizer seasoned with Mediterranean style herbs and spices

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2


  • 2 slices Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 twigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 slices Tomatoes
  • 2 leaves Fresh Basil
  • 4 drops Mango Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 drops Exra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 each Pimento Stuffed Manzanilla Olives


  1. Slice the fresh mozzarella cheese first and place onto a plate.

  2. Add a basil leaf on top of each cheese slice.

  3. Slice a tomato, and add a tomato slice on top of each cheese slice and basil leaf.

  4. Add an olive on top of each tomato.

  5. Drizzle a couple of drops each of the vinegar and olive oil on top of each Caprese appetizer, and serve.

Prepare several of these appetizers, and store in the refrigerator. Then you’ll have ready-to-eat snacks for later.


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