Caprese Panini


A favorite salad get its turn in a sandwich.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 sandwiches


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • ¾ cup diced tomato

  • 1 tablespoon drained capers

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • 4 slices sourdough bread

  • ¼ cup prepared pesto

  • 1 (6 ounce) package sliced mozzarella cheese

  • sea salt and coarsely ground pepper to taste


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomato, capers, and pepper flakes; saute until tomatoes just start to break down, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vinegar.

  2. Brush one side of each bread slice with remaining oil. Spread the other sides with pesto. Place 2 slices of bread, pesto sides up, on a work surface. Layer with mozzarella cheese and then tomato mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with remaining bread, oiled sides up.

  3. Toast sandwiches in a large skillet over medium heat until golden, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Use a heavy skillet on top of the sandwiches to weigh them down as they cook.

Cook's Notes:

For a different flavor, use jarred roasted red sweet peppers in place of the tomato. Purchased pesto is fine here, but homemade is even better.

You can use white or wheat bread in place of sourdough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

648 Calories
42g Fat
36g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 648
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 1215mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 909mg 70%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 398mg 8%

* 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.

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