Caprese [Mozzarella Tomato Basil] Panini Print Recipe Print Recipe


While we were living out of the hotel, I would walk over to Whole Foods or drive to the nearby New Seasons to order a toasted caprese sandwich. This was my daily comfort and sometimes the only real meal I would eat. Hi, my name’s Lisa and I’m a picky [not sure if that’s going to sit well] pregnant woman.

The only problem when you’re not making it yourself is 1. it becomes expensive, 2. some may not have pesto or fresh basil and 3. isn’t always prepared the way you like it.

When I was in Seattle a few weeks ago, my mom pulled out her panini machine and I, well… sorry mom, I’m borrowing your panini machine. It hasn’t left our counter since. Don’t worry mom, just helping you get your money’s worth.

This is absolutely my comfort. Warm, cheesy with the fresh tomatoes and flavors of the pesto and basil – YEAH BABY!!



Caprese [Mozzarella Tomato & Basil] Panini


  • Gluten-free bread
  • Tomato, sliced – about 1/8-1/4″ thick
  • Fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced about 1/4″ thick
  • Fresh Basil, finely chopped
  • Pesto, pre-made or homemade
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil



Turn on panini machine or heat grill pan.

To prepare sandwiches, take 2 slices of bread and spread a thin layer of pesto on one side of each piece. Add 2 slices of tomato on top of one piece [pesto side up]. Add mozzarella slices on top of the tomatoes. Sprinkle with basil and top with the 2nd piece of bread, pesto side down.

Brush both sides of panini with olive oil. Put your sandwich(s) onto the grill, press down the top of the grill and let sit for 5-7 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Remove, cut in half and serve immediately.



*gluten-free *vegetarian


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  • shelly (cookies and cups)

    This is my perfect sandwich.  The end.

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    I seem to be hopelessly in love with all things “caprese” this summer.  This looks so fresh and delicious!

  • Christie Preston

    Hi! Just found your blog and I need this for lunch right now :)!

  • Anonymous

    This looks so delicious! I’ve been wanting a panini machine but my boyfriend thinks that we have too many appliances already. Maybe after showing him this he will reconsider….

  • Brian Samuels

    I’m waiting to have lunch… but now it’s become even more of a challenge.  This looks so freakin’ good!

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  • Kadee Gray

    Discovered the caprese sandwich about a year ago, yum! I’ve never made my own though, any tips if you don’t have a panini machine? 

  • Anonymous

    I know, we have so many appliances it’s ridiculous. I’d say if you’re a sandwich eater &/or have kids, this is great to have!

  • Anonymous

    yes, do you have a grill pan – it’s ribbed and goes right on the stove top? I use to use that for grilled cheese before the panini machine. Only thing is you’ll have to flip it. Hope this helps!

    or if you have a toaster oven, you can use that as well.

  • Stephanie Caprino

    It’s nice to be seeing more of your lovely food pictures again. This one looks especially delicious…AND I have home grown tomatoes and basil to use! Yum!!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    I adore these flavors and so much love making store/restaurant favorites at home. The panini looks amazing! 

  • Ginny

    oh wow, this looks delicious! all things caprese are one of the few vegetarian dishes my really picky boyfriend eats! so this is definitely a must-try!

  • Anonymous

    what’s this amazing looking gluten free bread?!

  • Shannon Heart’s

    This looks totally perfect!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Lisa! I’ll try the grill pan, at this point in my life, I think I could probably get more use out of that than a panini machine. Will have to look into one of those

  • Gaby Dalkin

    My fav kind of sandwich ever!!!!! 

  • Savory Simple

    A lovely sandwich.  I just picked up fresh tomatoes and mozzarella yesterday so I think this is now on the agenda.  

  • Desi

    gorgeous photo!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, this is lovely! Perfect for summer!

  • Lindsey Young

    This looks so delicious! The combo of cheese, basil and tomato is just so perfect! 

  • Gluten Free Traveller

    Yum! This looks really delicious. Which gluten free bread did you use?

  • JulieD

    Looks perfect!! I love caprese sandwiches and yours looks awesome! I’m obsessed with gf bread now, I need to find some around here.

  • Anonymous

    Udi’s – it’s usually our go-to

  • Anonymous

    are you really?? Look in the freezer section of your grocery store – that’s usually where you can find it. Udi’s is our favorite.

  • Anonymous

    Udi’s – it’s one of our favorites!

  • Kelli Preston

    lisa- this looks amazing!!  I am going to need to recreate this fella ASAP! 🙂

  • JulieD

    Yes! Ever since I had some with you in Portland! 🙂 I’ll take a peak at the frozen section…we don’t have a really good anything around here. Haha Whole Foods is an hour away and I think TJ’s is like 4 hours away!

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This looks fabulous! Love it!

  • Brenda at a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Want!! That looks soooooo good.

  • Isabel Foodie

    This looks amazing.  I can’t wait to try it!

  • Maggie

    This looks amazing! Will try it very soon.

  • Justine Johnson

    We had these for dinner tonight. They were very good!

  • Angie

    a drizzle of balsamic vinegar really brings the flavors together.

  • Kimberly Karijowiredjo

    It looks so good!

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  • mombert

    have you gone to Great Harvest Bread Co – know there is one in Beaverton, outside of Portland (OR) – but in lots places/states, too. YUM!!

  • Baiey

    I use my waffle iron! My fiance and i are just starting out so while we are greatful for a place to live and tge things we have…a panini machine is a little silly for us to spend our money on but he loves grilled sandwiches. I tried making then like a grilles cheesr but just didnt get that CRISP you get like going to a sanwich place…but then i had the ghetto idea of slapping some vegan butter on the outsides of the bread and putting it in the waffle iron. The cook evenly, quickly, and no flipping. You will feel silly but the tummy and wallet will be happy! Also one less thing taking up space!

  • WithStyleGrace

    great tip – thank you!