Caprese Salad Wreath

This Caprese Salad is green and red and so festive for the holidays! This post is sponsored by Pompeian.

I find mozzarella so comforting. Combine that happy, comfort food with some basil and olive oil though, and it turns into an adult-friendly wonder: Caprese Salad! I love Caprese Salad so much that not only do I have a recipe for Carpese Pasta Salad, but I even have a grilled cheese version.

But how do I make it perfect for the holidays?

Caprese Salad Wreath

This looks fancy and difficult to make, but it’s pretty simple, if a tad time-consuming. You make a quick mixture of shredded mozzarella, cream cheese, and flavorful olive oil, and then stuff it into cherry tomatoes (that last part is the time-consuming part). Then you arrange fresh basil leaves in a circle on a plate and top with a circle of tomatoes (like a donut of tomatoes, really).

Yes, hallowing out the tomatoes and then stuffing them takes a little while (it’s about 15 minutes per pint of tomatoes) but once they’re filled, arranging them is simple.


How to Make a Caprese Salad Wreath:

In a food processor, combine 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 8 ounces room temperature cream cheese, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.

Combine cheeses in food processor.

Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of tasty olive oil.

Drizzle olive oil in food processor.

Next, use a paring knife to cut around the top of a cherry tomato. You want to angle inwards.

Next, use a paring knife to cut around the top of a cherry tomato.

Pop out the part you’ve cut and gently squeeze out any seeds left inside. Repeat with two pints of cherry tomatoes.

Pop out the part you've cut and gently squeeze out any seeds left inside.

Use a spoon to gently fill each tomato.

Use a spoon to gently fill each tomato with cheese mixture.

Push the filling in with your fingers if needed. Use a damp paper towel to wipe the outside of the tomato if some filling has smudged on there. Put the tomatoes on a plate and refrigerate until just before serving. Refrigeration sets the filling nicely.

Cherry tomato with mozzarella and cream cheese filling.

Arrange about 20 fresh basil leaves in a ring towards the edge of a medium sized plate.

Basil leaves arranged in circle on plate.

Top the ring of leaves with a ring of tomatoes.

Top the ring of leaves with a ring of tomatoes.

Do several rings of tomatoes to create a nice wreath effect. Refrigerate for up to 3 hours before serving.

Caprese Salad Wreath


Caprese Wreath

Caprese Salad Wreath

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings


It’s red and green and shaped like a wreath. How perfect is this Caprese Salad appetizer for Christmas?


  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened (room temperature)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 20 fresh basil leaves


  1. Measure the mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Pulse to combine.
  2. Core the top out of the tomatoes. Squeeze each one gently to get out the liquid and seeds.
  3. Use a teaspoon to fill the tomatoes, pushing in with your fingers as needed. Wipe tomatoes clean with a wet paper towel.
  4. Arrange basil leaves in a ring on a dinner plate. Top with tomatoes also in a ring.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set the filling inside of the tomatoes.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pompeian. All opinions are my own.
This post originally appeared in December 2018 and was revised and republished in December 2020.
Caprese Salad Wreath

2 responses to “Caprese Salad Wreath”

  1. Lynne B says:

    Fresh mozzarella is so yummy! This is such a festive looking presentation. I’d love it drizzled with some balsamic vinegar.

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