Tortellini Caprese Skewers {Freaky Friday Recipe}

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Tortellini Caprese Skewers is a deconstructed Caprese tortellini salad. The combination of balsamic marinated fresh mozzarella with cheese filled tortellini on these Caprese salad skewers is perfect for a picnic. If you love Caprese salad, then you will love these tortellini appetizers.

This tortellini skewers recipe is so simple that it will be your favorite warm weather tortellini appetizers to make. Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this tortellini skewers recipe. Plan a picnic and enjoy this caprese skewers recipe.

Tortelini Caprese skewer cherry tomato, tortellini, basil, mozzeralla

School Picnic Time

In Pittsburgh, this time of year is school picnic time.  Those picnics would be at Kennywood Park. It was fun, you ride the rides, mom packs a basket for lunch and dinner at the amusement park. I miss that.

Why? Well, they don’t do that here in Cleveland. When I try to describe school picnics to my friends here in Cleveland, they always say, you mean it is for the senior class? No everyone goes to these Kennywood picnics.

Kurt Miller Photo from Pittsburgh Post gazette of Log Jammer and Raacer at Kennywood
My Favorite rides, The Racer Roller Coaster and Log Jammer at Kennywood. (Kurt Miller Photo from Pittsburgh Post-gazette of Log Jammer and Racer at Kennywood. (Kurt Miller Photo from Pittsburgh Post-gazette of Log Jammer and Racer at Kennywood (Photo credit: Kurt Miller/ Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

When I say everyone, I mean everyone. The entire school district and township goes. You see, every school district has a designated day at Kennywood Amusement Park. My school district I grew up in, South Fayette, the day would usually be about May 20th or so. The picnic was always on a Thursday, every year.

The reason I remember it was always on a Thursday because the next day was prom. When I was in grade school I thought it was just an extra day off after Kennywood day. When I got in high school, I knew it was for the prom.

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Funny thing is, you run around Kennywood in the hot sun riding the roller coaster and stuff. You get sunburn. So imagine that prom photo with red puffy skin! Yep, I really do miss those traditions in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Flower vase on table

Freaky Friday

Why all this school picnic talk at Kennywood Park? Well, it is Freaky Friday time!! Once a quarter Michaela of An Affair From The Heart gets a bunch of bloggers together and assigns each a blog to make a recipe from. That is Freaky Friday and this Spring edition of it is making me think of picnics!

Tortelini Caprese skewer s on a blue glass plate

LeMoine Family Kitchen

I was assigned Lemoine Family Kitchen for this spring edition of Freaky Friday. Angela, the blogger behind this yummy recipe blog has amazing family mealtime recipes. I love her down to earth recipes she creates on LeMoine Family Kitchen.

Besides Lemoine Family Kitchen, Angela is a busy mom to 2 active boys. Plus she has been chalk painting some great things in her house! I admit she just did her fireplace and I love it! Makes me want to do a chalk paint makeover on a few pieces of furniture.

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Tortellini Caprese Skewers

I had so many great recipes to choose from on Lemoine Family Kitchen:

Ultimately I went with Tortellini Caprese Skewers. This deconstructed tortellini salad just called out to me. I love Caprese. That tomato, basil, mozzarella combination simply put my taste buds into a frenzy.

Caprese Salad Skewers Tip

Funny story about these caprese skewers and a tip! When I went to make this caprese tortellini salad recipe, I could not find my toothpicks. I searched everywhere, tore the kitchen up, but there were no toothpicks to be found.

Ms. Dee here spots a box of linguini in the cupboard. So I used it for skewers for this tortellini skewer appetizers and it worked! Uncooked linguini noodles work so well for a skewer recipe. Plus:

  • It is edible, in case you bite it. The worse it will do is crunchy uncooked pasta in your mouth.
  • Is sturdy and easy to handle.
  • Works great in a pinch!

Caprese tortellini skewers on a blue plate

Tortellini Salad

Besides Caprese salad, I do love a good tortellini salad. When I saw the this deconstructed caprese tortellini salad on a skewer, I knew it was the recipe to make. I did have to make a few minor changes.

Angela’s original recipe calls for marinated mozzarella. Well, I could not find any here in Cleveland. I also love Caprese salad with balsamic. The thought came to me, why not marinated fresh mozzarella in a balsamic vinaigrette?

Also, I am a fresh basil freak. I could eat fresh basil on everything I think. I love it. So since this is a Caprese salad deconstructed as well, why not add some fresh basil?

The balsamic vinaigrette and fresh basil really make this Tortellini Caprese Skewers pop with the flavor. Let’s not forget that cheesy tortellini. Mmm, this caprese skewers was so delicious and perfect for school picnic days.

single Tortellini Caprese Skewer


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Tortellini Caprese Skewers Recipe
Yield: 12 servings

Tortellini Caprese Skewers Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Tortellini Caprese Skewers is a deconstructed Caprese tortellini salad. The combination of balsamic marinated fresh mozzarella with cheese filled tortellini is great for a picnic. If you love Caprese salad, then you will love this skewer recipe.


  • cheese tortellini
  • fresh mozzarella balls
  • cherry tomatoes
  • fresh basil
  • balsamic vinegarette


  1. Marinate the mozzarella balls in the balsamic vinegarette for about an hour.
  2. Cook the tortellini to al dente.
  3. Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water.
  4. Skewer the tortellini, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella onto long toothpicks.
  5. Pour the balsamic marinade over top the skewers and season with a little salt and pepper.
  6. Serve them up and ENJOY!


You don't want to overcook the tortellini or it could fall apart.

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I am Deanna Samaan, a phlebotomist by day and a blogger at night! Born in Pittsburgh, rebuilt my life in Cleveland, found my true self in Orlando. No matter where I am at, food always seduces me! Let your taste buds be seduced too!


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  • Christie
    May 4, 2018

    Looks so delicious!! I think I’ll serve these next time I have guests over for dinner!

  • Angela
    May 4, 2018

    I love that you chose this one to make!!! Its a great tasting and super simple snack! Thank you for your sweet words! Love the idea of the balsamic on the mozzarella. I’ll definitely give that a try next time I make them!

  • Debra C.
    May 4, 2018

    Oh I just love these tasty little bites and thanks also for the in-a-pinch sub for toothpicks, brilliant!

  • Michelle
    May 4, 2018

    Great idea on the linguine skewers! Perfect for in a pinch. These are great for parties…I think I’ll try them for a summer BBQ this year! 🙂

  • Madi
    May 5, 2018

    What an awesome appetizer recipe! These sound so tasty!

  • Michaela Kenkel
    May 5, 2018

    These are a perfectly portable version of one of my most favorite appetizers!! You are so creative with that linguine! 😉 I would have never thought of that!!

  • michele
    May 5, 2018

    These sound great! I love that you used linguini for the skewers! how creative!

  • Lori Vachon
    May 5, 2018

    These certainly do look like the perfect party food! I love the flavors!

  • [email protected]'s Dinnertime Dish
    May 6, 2018

    I love these little skewers! They’ll be so perfect for summer entertaining!

  • Julie
    May 6, 2018

    I love how fresh and delicious these Skewers are. They’re perfect for lunch or a picnic with a glass of wine!

  • Jennifer Stewart
    May 7, 2018

    I am totally loving these skewers! They are super easy and everyone loves them!

  • Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    May 8, 2018

    I love this recipe, Deanna! And the linguini work-around is brilliant! I’m with you… Can’t get enough fresh basil in my life, and these little beauties are the perfect way to enjoy it! (P.S… More picnics would be awesome!!!) 🙂

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