15 Creative Takes on Caprese Salad to Enjoy All Summer

a ceramic bowl filled with macaroni salad flecked with pesto, bocconcini, and halved cherry tomatoes, garnished with a fresh basil sprig
Photo: Buckwheat Queen

Ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and gorgeous green basil go together like summer and sunshine. We always love caprese salad served simply — just a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. But we also like to get creative with caprese ingredients. These top-rated recipes update traditional caprese salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Poached Eggs Caprese

Poached Eggs Caprese on a white plate
bd.weld

"A delicious dish inspired by eggs Benedict with mozzarella, tomatoes, and pesto," says Yoojin K.

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Toasted Caprese Sandwich

Toasted Caprese Sandwich
LatinaCook

"Fabulous!" says Jillian. "If you love caprese salad, then you'll love this sandwich."

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Zucchini Caprese

Zucchini Caprese
Buckwheat Queen

"Zucchini cooked with basil and tomatoes is delicious as a side dish or on its own as a healthy meal," says Patrice Ramsay. "Goes great with grilled chicken."

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Caprese Burger

Caprese Burger
KGora

"I am always looking for ways to jazz up the boring burger and came up with this after having a delicious caprese salad," says Sarah Stephan. "Be sure to use fresh basil and the marinated tomatoes are a must!"

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Caprese on a Stick

cherry tomato, basil, and mozzarella balls on a toothpicks
KGora

"This is a great, easy finger appetizer," says ALZ. "I came up with it because I love caprese but it was difficult to serve at large parties. Putting the same ingredients on a toothpick yielded great results."

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Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak

Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak
Molly

Top a simple caprese salad with leftover grilled steak. "This is a fresh, healthy, easy-to-make salad with a twist," says cookinmama.

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Caprese on Toast

Caprese on Toast on a gingham plate
Jaime Justice Yost

"Traditional Italian caprese salad on lightly-toasted bread," says hamalpn. "It makes a quick and easy supper — or appetizer. Fresh ingredients are key to this recipe."

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Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad

Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad
Allrecipes

"Wow this salad is almost like a dessert!" raves murry853. "The sweetness of the peach and the tang of tomato really blend so well. The basil adds an additional layer of flavor and is always delicious with peaches."

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Caprese Chicken

Caprese Chicken
ReneePaj

"I love caprese salad, and I'm always trying to find new ways to make chicken dishes and eat a bit healthier," says Dana Andreucci Johnson. "Plus the basil in my garden is growing out of control."

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Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad
Buckwheat Queen

"The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella," says thedailygourmet. "If you use the brick style, it will not be the same."

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Zoodle Caprese Salad

Zoodle Caprese Salad
lutzflcat

"That fresh basil and the peppery arugula are an excellent combo for a salad. The zucchini gives it a little crunch. The fresh mozzarella lends some creaminess, and the balsamic gives it some tang." — lutzflcat

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Caprese Quiche

Caprese Quiche
Danno

"A very tasty quiche," Nici says. "The caramelized onions are so good in this!"

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Grilled Shrimp Caprese

Grilled Shrimp Caprese
Baking Nana

"The shrimp marinade is excellent and could be used alone for any time you want to grill shrimp I did marinate it a couple of hours. The sauce was also good without the mozzarella cheese. Seemed thin, but once the tomatoes and noodles were added it was just right." — *Sherri*

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Caprese Pasta Salad

Butternut Squash Caprese Salad
Kim

"There are not enough words to describe how good this is. Seriously, it's delicious! The only things I did differently were to use garlic powder in place of minced garlic added in a drop of honey and more balsamic vinegar to the dressing. Perfection!" — Kim

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Caprese-Stuffed Zucchini

Caprese-Stuffed Zucchini
Bob301

"I just love the summer months and all of the fresh vegetables we have available to us," Cindy Anschutz Barbieri says. "This is a great appetizer needing only a few fresh ingredients!"

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