A Caprese sandwich needs only four main ingredients: bread, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, and turns your lunch into a gourmet meal! Learn more about the authentic Caprese salad loved around the world!
Originally published April 25, 2012
If you’re tired of the same old sandwich everyday, here’s a fresh, summery alternative to jazz up those lunchtime blues.
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A simple Caprese sandwich tastes heavenly. My daughter brings this to school and takes along a tiny bottle of olive oil to drizzle on the inside just before eating it, so the bread doesn’t get soggy or make a mess in her lunch bag.
If you want to add vinegar, obviously you can, and you will. However, to taste the ingredients the way an authentic Caprese is made, just hold back. I’m a vinegar fiend and still prefer my Caprese without it.
I used my homemade no-knead bread but you can use any bread, or roll you like.
If you want to make it warm, put it in a sandwich grill for a few minutes.
A twist on a Caprese salad that kids love!
You’d pay anywhere from $10 to $18 for the same thing at a sandwich shop here in LA. I can assure you, and if you follow my advice, yours will taste even better!
Caprese Sandwich (Authentic Style)
by Christina Conte makes one sandwich
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW
- slices of bread, or a roll (baguette is very good-see pic at bottom)
- good quality tomato slices, preferably heirloom
- fresh mozzarella slices (preferably mozzarella di bufala, if you can source it)
- Kosher or sea salt
- extra virgin olive oil
- fresh basil leaves
Arrange the tomato slices on the bottom bread slice and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt. You could actually stop here and eat this delicious open faced tomato sandwich!
Next, place the mozzarella slices on top of the tomatoes along with some torn pieces of basil leaves (or whole leaves) on top, and drizzle with a little more olive oil and salt.
Finally, place the other slice of bread on top and enjoy!
Here’s a very old photo that I took before I even had this site! I used to make the baguette version for my son’s Loyola high school debate tournaments when I was in charge of feeding the judges. These always disappeared first!
- 2 slices of bread, or a roll (baguette is very good-see pic at bottom)
- 1 good quality tomato, sliced, preferably heirloom
- 2 oz fresh mozzarella slices (preferably mozzarella di bufala, if you can source it)
- sprinkle of Kosher or sea salt
- drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large, fresh basil leaves
- Arrange the tomato slices on the bottom bread slice and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt.
- Next, place the mozzarella slices on top of the tomatoes along with some torn pieces of basil leaves (or whole leaves) on top, and drizzle with a little more olive oil.
- Finally, place the other slice of bread on top and enjoy!
- You can use a toothpick to hold the sandwich together if you're serving a crowd and want to keep them in place.
- Remember, an authentic Caprese salad, sandwich or similar creation will never include any sort of Balsamic vinegar or glaze.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 421Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 19g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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