Open-Face Toasted Caprese


Toasted crusty bread topped with sliced mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and grilled avocado slices makes a delicious summertime lunch.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 servings


Balsamic Drizzle:

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (Optional)


  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or ciabatta bread, sliced

  • Olive oil, to drizzle over bread slices and avocados

  • 1 clove garlic

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 avocados - peeled, pitted and sliced

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Stella® fresh mozzarella, sliced

  • Fresh basil leaves

  • 4 heirloom tomatoes, sliced


  1. Add vinegar and brown sugar, if using, to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce to a very low simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until liquid reduces by about half and is slightly syrupy. Remove from heat, pour vinegar in a bowl or glass to be used later, and set aside to cool and thicken.

  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) or grill to high heat.

  4. Place the slices of bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil on both sides. Rub each side of bread with the halved garlic clove. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Drizzle avocado with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Place bread slices and avocado slices in oven or grill both until lightly charred, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from the oven or grill.

  7. Slice Stella fresh mozzarella and divide equally among the sandwiches. Place on top toast, then add fresh basil to taste. Add grilled avocado slices and tomato slices. Drizzle everything with olive oil, balsamic drizzle and salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

630 Calories
26g Fat
79g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 630
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 1046mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 20mg 99%
Calcium 277mg 21%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 725mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.