Caprese Christmas Wreath Recipe

With the holiday season comes time for friends and family to get together. And if you're hosting, it's all about finding the perfect menu to put on a spread that will impress your guests. The good news is that it doesn't have to be complicated or hard! With a few clever recipes, you can put together a holiday meal in just minutes that's sure to please everyone in attendance. This recipe for a Caprese Christmas wreath by food photographer Petar Marshall should definitely be added to that menu.

"Caprese combines the most delicious flavors of fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil," says Marshall. "It's light and easy and makes for a great appetizer for everyone to enjoy." The best part? It's already dressed up for the occasion thanks to its stunning natural colors. And even better, you can pull off putting together a festive Caprese wreath in a matter of just 10 minutes without even turning on your oven.

Gather the ingredients for this Caprese Christmas wreath

Ready to dive in and make this festive holiday appetizer? Begin by gathering your ingredients ahead of time. For this recipe, you'll need one (3-ounce) container of fresh basil, one (10-ounce) container of cherry tomatoes, five whole tomatoes on the vine, and two (8-ounce) balls of fresh mozzarella. "Be sure you're buying the basil right before you plan to use it," says Marshall. "Fresh basil doesn't last very long, so you want to be sure to plan ahead for freshness."

Start with a base of fresh basil

Once you've done your shopping and your ingredients are ready, it's time to start putting together your holiday platter. Don't worry, it only takes a few minutes! First up, it's time for basil. Pluck the basil leaves from the stems and lay them out into a circle around the outer edge of the platter. This will serve as the base of the wreath, offering a beautiful pop of green color, freshness, and delicious flavor for your Caprese spread. 

Place the sliced tomatoes around the wreath

Once the basil has been added, next up are the tomatoes. Slice the tomatoes and lay them out in a circle. Place them on top of the basil with a slight overlap, but don't cover the leaves completely. Marshall chooses to use fresh tomatoes on the vine and cut them into thin slices. However, you could choose to ditch the sliced tomatoes and only use cherry tomatoes if you prefer.

Add the cheese and garnish the wreath

Of course, it wouldn't be Caprese without fresh mozzarella. Slice the first mozzarella ball into small slices and create a layered circle around the inside of the tomato layer. Place the second ball of mozzarella in the center of the platter. Lastly, add the cherry tomatoes to the platter to fill in any gaps. Use additional fresh basil leaves to finish garnishing the wreath. It's that easy! Serve this Caprese Christmas wreath on its own, or offer sliced French bread, baguette, or crackers to go along with it. 

Caprese Christmas wreath
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This picture-perfect Caprese Christmas wreath should be at the top of your holiday spread. In 10 minutes you'll have a tasty appetizer to serve your guests.
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caprese christmas wreath
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 1 (3-ounce) container fresh basil
  • 1 (10-ounce) container cherry tomatoes
  • 5 whole tomatoes on the vine
  • 2 (8-ounce) balls fresh mozzarella
  1. Choose a platter as your base and lay the basil leaves in a circle.
  2. Slice the tomatoes and lay them out in a circle on top of the basil.
  3. Slice one of the balls of mozzarella and lay the pieces in a circle around the tomato.
  4. Place the second ball of mozzarella in the center of the wreath.
  5. Fill the gaps with cherry tomatoes and garnish with additional basil leaves to complete the wreath.
Calories per Serving 153
Total Fat 10.4 g
Saturated Fat 6.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 35.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 4.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Total Sugars 2.7 g
Sodium 353.5 mg
Protein 11.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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