Tomato Basil Mozzarella Skewers

Easy + healthy + affordable= Tomato Basil Mozzarella skewers.  These tasty bites are perfect to bring along to parties if you're on appetizer duty, and also go well in your lunch as a side or snack.  If you have a Holiday party to go to, the red and green make this dish festive.

1 container fresh mozzarella pearls
1 container cherry or grape tomatoes
fresh basil leaves (you can use the basil from your spice rack if necessary)
extra virgin olive oil
balsamic vinegar
fresh ground black pepper

Drain mozzarella pearls and place in a medium size plastic container. Wash tomatoes and then add them in with the mozzarella pearls.  Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over cheese and tomatoes. Sprinkle Oregano  salt, and pepper onto the mixture. When I went to make these the store was out of fresh basil leaves so I just used what I had in my spice rack. If this is the case, sprinkle the basil on now.  Put the lid on the container, give it a good shake to coat and then refrigerate for 1 hour.  If you are in a hurry you don't have to let them sit for an hour, but make sure that all of the cheese and tomatoes get coated with the oil and vinegar mixture.
Tear the basil leaves into small pieces, about the size of a dime.
Once the cheese and tomatoes are done marinating, simply stack them onto the toothpicks in this order: mozzarella pearl, basil leaf, tomato, basil leaf, mozzarella pearl.  Make as many as you need!

Serves 8-10 if you make enough to use the full container of mozzarella pears and cherry tomatoes,

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