I’m going to let you in on a little secret: if you give kids DIY meals they will be SO much more game to try new foods. The philosophy seems almost counterintuitive as you’re placing a variety of foods in front of them and basically saying “go at it”, but it also gives kids a chance to have one piece of this, a nibble of that and so on which becomes their choice. When you make a meal for a kid and say “here, time to eat” more often than not for some kids they’ll say “NO” as you’ve taken their choice away from them.
Over the years we’ve made DIY Tacos, DIY Oatmeal, even DIY Salad as a way to include kids at meal time, but for a casual party with friends and family these Fruit Caprese Kabobs will be a sure fire hit! You can fill bowls with mozzarella, strawberries, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, tortellini, prosciutto, basil leaves, and more. Then let everyone skewer their choices and finally give a drizzle or dip of reduced balsamic vinegar that’s like dipping the skewers in candy! Check out the video for these Fruit Caprese Kabobs on Facebook!
The real fun comes not only from making them, but also eating the simple yet satisfying flavors one after another that are an amazing meal on a stick! Learn more tips to make meal time fun with my Kids Rule course!
Fruit Caprese Kabobs
- 1 small seedless watermelon
- 1 small cantaloupe
- 1 pint strawberries
- 2 peaches
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 pint mozzarella balls
- 1 pound tortellini
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 1 package prosciutto
- reduced balsamic vinegar
- wooden skewers
- Use a melon baller to make watermelon and cantaloupe balls, slice the peaches into wedges, and slice the strawberries in half if they are very large.
- Set out all the ingredients and skewer the fruits, cheese, pasta, prosciutto, and basil in different patterns and combinations.
- Place all the fruit caprese kabobs on a large platter and drizzle with reduced balsamic vinegar, or serve on the side for dipping.
How much time can it be ahead of time and still be fresh?
So glad you liked it! Isn’t TJs so great?!
So yummy and fun. Loved by adults and kids! TJ’s has a balsamic glaze ready to go that made it so easy.