These Delicious Caprese Salami Rose Skewers Are Easy & Elegant


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This easy yet elegant Caprese Skewers Recipe features classic caprese salad components transformed into a romantic appetizer!

Learn how to make salami roses with this super simple recipe that comes together in minutes. Easy to customize to your heart’s content, this is a fun way to surprise your loved one with an edible “floral” arrangement for date night, Valentine’s Day, or an anniversary.

Follow these easy steps for the tastiest bouquet you’ll find!

This romantic bite sized appetizer is perfect for a homemade date night appetizer or Valentine’s Day treat!


Simple, sophisticated, and so cute, this caprese skewers recipe features adorable salami roses that are shockingly easy to make!

Paired with fresh basil leaves and mozzarella cheese balls, this is a fantastic appetizer or snack that’s as romantic as it is tasty. Best of all, it only requires three ingredients!

Just like our Caprese Bites, this recipe combines a few classic components for a light and savory treat that’s sure to delight.

Serve these skewers along with a Strawberry Vodka Seltzer or this candy-inspired Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Starburst cocktail for a special romantic spread!


Salami, mozzarella balls, and basil on a plate to be added onto skewer.

A few ingredients is all it takes to make these Caprese Skewers.

  • Fresh Mozzarella Balls – These soft and creamy balls of cheese are perfect to add a bit of subtle saltiness.
  • Fresh Basil – For a pop of fresh herbal flavor.
  • Salami or Pepperoni Slices – Savory and salty, salami (or pepperoni) can easily be stacked and folded into floral shapes for a romantic twist.


  • Skewers – Use wooden skewers or some kind of long decorative fork to assemble this recipe for caprese skewers.


  1. To start, make the salami roses. Layer 4 to 5 pieces of salami on top of each other so they look like the picture below. Fold them in half–you’ll end up with two rows of half-circles connected by a flat bottom.
A tray of salami with 5 pieces to the side, overlapping each other slightly.
Learning how to make roses out of salami is deceptively simple.
  1. Beginning with one end, roll the salami tightly, and you’ll end with a flower shape.
A hand rolling pieces of salami into a salami rose.
Once you’ve got the technique down, salami roses become an absolute breeze to roll up!
  1. Place a mozzarella ball and a basil leaf on each skewer.
Adding a mozzarella ball and basil leaf to a skewer.
The basil leaves act as the “leaves” around the rose and provide their signature herbal flavor.
  1. Add one salami flower, then another basil leaf, then another mozzarella ball onto the skewer.
A fully assembled caprese skewer with salami.
With its gorgeous red color, salami is the perfect choice for edible roses!


  • Drizzle with a bit of balsamic vinegar (or some kind of balsamic glaze/balsamic reduction) or extra virgin olive oil for additional flavor.
  • To get even closer to a classic caprese salad, add a few cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes to the skewers.
  • Salami and pepperoni work particularly well because they hold their shape, but you could substitute with prosciutto, capicola, or another cured meat of your choice.
  • Add a little bit of extra flavor by giving your caprese skewers a light sprinkle of Italian seasoning.
  • You can also add some salt and freshly cracked black pepper.


  • When it comes to learning how to make roses out of salami, there are a few different methods that work. Another potential option is to use a shot glass and fold a piece of pepperoni over the rim of the glass. Repeat with a few additional slices until you have a flower.
  • I recommend preparing these just before you serve them. You can assemble and keep them in the fridge for up to 12 hours or so. If you make them too far ahead of time the basil will likely wilt.
  • If you can’t find wooden skewers or another kind of decorative fork, other good options include metal cocktail skewers, chopsticks, rosemary stalks, or even toothpicks.


What is a good substitute for mozzarella in caprese?

You’ll want to use another fairly mild cheese with a soft texture. Though they may not hold their shape as well, balls of goat’s cheese, ricotta, or labneh would all work well.

What’s the difference between salami and pepperoni?

Pepperoni is a specific type of salami (meaning salami is not pepperoni itself). Salami is a cured sausage that’s served cold and has a spicy flavor. Pepperoni is a type of salami that has a more smoky, peppery taste.

How many pieces of salami does it take to make a rose?

This depends on the size of the salami slices. I found that anywhere from 3 to 5 pieces of salami did the trick!


Yield: 10 Caprese skewers

Caprese Skewers with Salami Roses

Caprese Skewers with Salami Roses

This caprese skewers recipe will also teach you how to make salami roses for a unique and romantic appetizer or snack!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • Fresh Mozzarella Balls
  • Fresh Basil
  • Salami slices or Pepperoni slices


  1. To make a flower, place 3-4 pepperoni pieces next to each other, overlapping slightly.
  2. Fold in half lengthwise, so you have “two hills” and a flat bottom of the pepperoni.
  3. Beginning with one end, roll the pepperoni, and you’ll end with a flower.
  4. Place the basil, mozzarella balls and the pepperoni flowers onto the skewers.


  • Salami can be substituted out for prosciutto, pepperoni, capicola, or another cured meat of your choice.
  • Add other ingredients like balsamic drizzle, tomatoes, salt and black pepper, or Italian seasoning.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 12Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Yield: 10

Serving Size: 1

This article originally appeared on Cocktails&Appetizers and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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