Caprese Sandwich With Tomato, Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil

Italian caprese sandwich

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 sandwich
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
356 Calories
24g Fat
19g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 356
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 779mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 20g
Calcium 528mg 41%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The caprese sandwich is a classic Italian vegetarian sub that is packed full of flavor while also being super easy to make. Made with thick slices of fresh mozzarella, sweet Italian tomatoes, rich extra-virgin olive oil, tangy balsamic glaze, and herbaceous basil, it's no surprise that this sandwich's fame has made it to the United States.

Since a caprese sandwich only has a few main ingredients, use the best quality you can find. Look for buffalo mozzarella, high-quality Italian olive oil and balsamic glaze, vine-ripened, juicy tomatoes, and a fresh, crusty roll. It makes a great meal on the go.

Ingredients

  • 1 Italian sub roll
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 fresh Campari tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 thick slices fresh mozzarella (buffalo, if possible)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Italian caprese sandwich ingredients
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  2. Using a serrated knife, slice an Italian sub roll in half lengthwise.

    Sliced baguette and knife
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  3. Drizzle the inside with Italian extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze.

    Drizzle oil and balsamic vinegar on bread
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  4. Add basil and tomato to one side and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    Add tomato and basil to bread
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  5. Top with fresh mozzarella and close sandwich.

    Top the tomatoes with mozzarella
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  6. Eat now or wrap tightly to enjoy later. 

How to Store

  • If you are preparing your caprese sandwich to enjoy on the go, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap after assembling. Keep chilled until serving time.
  • If you're concerned about soggy bread, consider assembling just before eating, since some moisture from the cheese and tomato will seep into the bread as it sits.

Tips

  • If you get this sandwich in Italy, it is most likely made with buffalo mozzarella. Although regular mozzarella still works wonders on this sandwich, the buffalo milk gives the cheese an extra burst of flavor.
  • Don't have balsamic glaze on hand? You can either order some glaze or use regular balsamic vinegar or make some yourself by adding 1/2 a cup of balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup apple juice and boiling it down until it reduces into a thick syrup.

What Does Caprese Mean?

Caprese is the name for an Italian salad consisting of mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil. It is often dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Because of its ingredients, it is most commonly served in the summertime, often as a first course or side dish.

Is Caprese Healthy?

Caprese is a salad of tomato, mozzarella, and basil that's sometimes turned into a pasta dish or sandwich. It is a vegetarian mix of ingredients that has some good nutrition thanks to the fresh tomato and protein from the mozzarella. The salad is low-carb and gluten free. However, whole milk mozzarella cheese is relatively high in fat and should be consumed in moderation if you are on a low-fat diet.