Caprese Salad Bagel Bites

by Erin

Try out these Caprese salad bagel bites at your next gathering. Mini bagels are stacked with pesto, fresh mozzarella, and a slice of tomato, then baked, and finished off with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.


I recently told you about how I am working on bagel bite ideas for the cafe my friends are opening called Table Top Board Game Cafe (soon to be in West Cleveland, OH). Today I am sharing my second creation – Caprese Salad Bagel Bites. It may not be the most unheard of idea, but it certainly is delicious. I had to make them twice because I ate them too fast before ensuring I got a good photo.

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Caprese Salad Bagel Bites

One year ago: Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes


Makes 6 bites


3 (3-inch) mini bagels, sliced in half

3 Tbsp basil pesto

6 slices fresh Mozzarella (about half a 8 oz. ball)

1 medium tomato, cut into 6 slices

Balsamic glaze, for garnish

Chopped fresh basil, for garnish


  1. Preheat toaster (or regular) oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread approximately 1/2 tablespoon of pesto onto the cut-side of each bagel half. Top with mozzarella and tomato.
  3. Place on a small baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes, or until cheese begins to melt.
  4. Transfer to a plate or serving tray. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and top with basil. Serve warm.

Source: The Spiffy Cookie




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Wendy May 1, 2014 - 11:17 pm

We love caprese anything (I think I may be addicted to balsamic glaze) and I think the flavors would be delicious on a bagel. Great vegetarian option on a menu!

Jackie. Erwin May 1, 2014 - 8:56 pm

How do you make Balsamic Reduction?

spiffycookie May 2, 2014 - 9:04 am

I did link to my recipe for balsamic glaze in the ingredient list but I’ll tell you here too! In a small pan over medium heat add 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar and 1 Tbsp brown sugar. Simmer until syrupy (reduced by about half). You can also buy balsamic reduction (I know Trader Joe’s sells some).

[email protected] May 1, 2014 - 8:42 am

I would totally order this at the cafe! Can’t go wrong with caprese!!


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