Fresh Caprese Recipes That Go Beyond Salad

Caprese Bruschetta
We love a good caprese salad as much as anyone, and we know the combo of tomato, basil, and mozzarella can be so much more! We'll show you how to transform this classic summer salad into lunches, dinners, and appetizers that can be devoured year-round.

Mixed Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella Mini Pizzas

Put down the phone—this homemade caprese pizza is so much better than takeout. All you need to do is top your own dough with mozzarella cheese, tiny tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil. It'll be ready quicker than delivery!

Caprese Panini

The only thing better than mozzarella cheese is ooey-gooey melty mozzarella. This panini is stuffed with oozing cheese, tomato slices, and fresh basil. It's the perfect way to enjoy caprese for lunch! 

Baked Mozzarella and Tomato-Basil Antipasti

Turn caprese salad into a dip worthy of dunking by replacing classic tomato slices with pasta sauce. Bake with garlic and mozzarella, then garnish with basil leaves. Proceed to scoop with bread and toasted baguette slices.

Pasta Caprese

Brighten up pasta night with fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese! So much better than canned tomato sauce, this mouthwatering recipe is full of fresh ingredients and herbs like garlic, oregano, and green onions.

Portobellos Stuffed with Farro Caprese

If you want to step way outside the caprese salad box, try these loaded portobello mushroom caps. Portobellos act as a salad "bowl" for farro, Swiss chard and, of course, a combo of dried tomatoes, basil, and melty mozzarella cheese.

Caprese Casserole

Who knew caprese salad could become the ultimate comfort food? Pasta, chickpeas, and spinach support classic caprese ingredients in this warm and gooey casserole.

Caprese Pasta and Steak

How do steak and caprese go together, you ask? Simple—basil pesto! Before hitting the grill (or your skillet), these steaks are brushed with basil pesto, which serves as the sauce for this pasta, steak, and caprese dish.

Eggplant Caprese Salad

Sure, this recipe seems traditional, but we took a classic caprese salad to the next level by adding slices of grilled eggplant. Instead of a plain balsamic vinegar drizzle, we added dried tomatoes and extra basil.

Mozzarella-and-Tomato-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Skip the side salad and combine it with the main course! Mix up your usual chicken dinner by stuffing chicken breasts with dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella.

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil

Get ready, cheese lovers—mozzarella is definitely the star of this version of caprese salad! Mozzarella cubes get a delicious marinade of chopped basil leaves, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar before being served with tomato slices and crackers.

Caprese Tossed Salad

If arranging slices of tomato and mozzarella isn't for you, then you'll love this caprese salad featuring cherry tomatoes! Rather than layering the salad on a platter, just toss together the starring ingredients with a simple vinaigrette. No fancy arrangements needed!

Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella

What do you get when you combine two favorite picnic salads? Caprese pasta salad! Make a pasta salad that will outshine the rest of your picnic basket with roasted cherry tomatoes, cubed mozzarella, and basil.

Quinoa Caprese Casserole

The next time you pull out your casserole dish, try making a quinoa casserole instead of using pasta. Easy and cheesy, this dish is loaded with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, then topped with tiny tomatoes and fresh basil.

Caprese Salad Pita Pockets

Take your caprese salad on the go with you! These pita pockets are perfect for grabbing when you're in a rush—and they're full of good-for-you veggies like chopped cucumber, salad greens, and cherry tomatoes, of course.

Caprese Bruschetta

What could possibly make bruschetta better? Mozzarella, of course! Since this classic Italian appetizer was already two-thirds of the way there with tomatoes and basil, we gave it a caprese-inspired twist by adding fresh mozzarella cheese.

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