This is a quick and refreshing no cook vegetarian meal. Basil, mozzarella and tomato on Italian bread. Great for those hot summer evenings when you don't feel like cooking.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Slice the loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Layer the basil, tomato slices, and mozzarella cheese between the two halves of bread. Cut into four sandwiches.

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  • In a small dish, stir together the balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes. Use as a dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts

421.3 calories; 16 g protein; 64.7 g carbohydrates; 22.3 mg cholesterol; 714.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2006
One of my favorite sandwiches to make for lunch for my husband and I. I have also tried out a few alternatives that are equally delicious. I always use good season's italian salad dressing mix and use balsamic for the vinegar part and olive oil for the oil part and drizzle over the inside of the bread instead of dipping. The added seasoning and the olive oil/balsamic give it such a great flavor. I have added a slice of provolone which adds wonderful flavor. I have added roasted red peppers instead of tomatoes and grilled chicken. I have also used all kinds of diff breads but we like the italian or harder crusted breads best. The original recipe and all the diff ways I make this are all 5 stars! You can't go wrong. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/22/2006
Simple but we made it more of a meal. We roasted red peppers & red onion on the grill then when almost ready added mozzarella cheese. Per reviews we dipped in red wine vinegar. I'm going to add portabello mushrooms next time & just put a little roasted red pepper dressing or raspberry vinaigrette on hoagie or hard bun. I liked this much more than my husband. Read More
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148 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 96
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2006
One of my favorite sandwiches to make for lunch for my husband and I. I have also tried out a few alternatives that are equally delicious. I always use good season's italian salad dressing mix and use balsamic for the vinegar part and olive oil for the oil part and drizzle over the inside of the bread instead of dipping. The added seasoning and the olive oil/balsamic give it such a great flavor. I have added a slice of provolone which adds wonderful flavor. I have added roasted red peppers instead of tomatoes and grilled chicken. I have also used all kinds of diff breads but we like the italian or harder crusted breads best. The original recipe and all the diff ways I make this are all 5 stars! You can't go wrong. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2006
One of my favorite sandwiches to make for lunch for my husband and I. I have also tried out a few alternatives that are equally delicious. I always use good season's italian salad dressing mix and use balsamic for the vinegar part and olive oil for the oil part and drizzle over the inside of the bread instead of dipping. The added seasoning and the olive oil/balsamic give it such a great flavor. I have added a slice of provolone which adds wonderful flavor. I have added roasted red peppers instead of tomatoes and grilled chicken. I have also used all kinds of diff breads but we like the italian or harder crusted breads best. The original recipe and all the diff ways I make this are all 5 stars! You can't go wrong. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2011
Wonderful sandwich that's quick easy and delicious! I toasted the bread salted the tomatoes and added a little cracked black pepper. I also added some roasted red peppers. I added a bit of olive oil to the balsamic /red peper flake mixture and drizzled that over everything before closing the sandwich. I cut in into sections and wow - excellent without a ton of effort! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2005
Looks & tastes gourmet but is so easy! I used unflavored dental floss to easily slice the cheese - just wrap around and pull tight as it slices. I used store bought herbed foccacia bread and toasted in the oven to crisp it up. Just broke off pieces of bread for rustic look. Prepared tomato cheese and basil on a platter and drizzled with vinegar and left it marinate until I was ready to used it in about an hour. Great for summer lunch for guests! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2008
I had this on whole wheat bagel bread today for lunch and it was spectacular! Some notes: - Cut the basil leaves not chop but whole leaves tend to pull right out with each bite. - I drizzled the oil and vinegar on the bread layered on the tomato basil and mozzarella then drizzled some more and then toasted lightly. - Next time I will lightly toast the bread first too! It's a perfect lunch for work I have everything pre-sliced in baggies in the fridge ready to be made in the toaster oven at work tomorrow! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2007
This is a favorite of mine. It's healthy delicous and takes minutes to prepare. It's best with crusty Italian bread and Roma tomatoes. Fresh mozzarella is a must. Rather than dipping I usually sprinkle the balsamic vinegar on the inside of the bread just before assembling. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2007
My daughter specifically requested this sandwich for lunch. Because she was taking it to school I sprinkled the balsamic right onto the bread. She couldn't have been more thrilled and asked for it again the following day. Thanks so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2007
This is a perfect summer sandwich! If I am having friends over I will buy a large muffaletta and make a gigantic sandwich and then cut it into wedges. A quick and easy way to feed a crowd. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/22/2006
Simple but we made it more of a meal. We roasted red peppers & red onion on the grill then when almost ready added mozzarella cheese. Per reviews we dipped in red wine vinegar. I'm going to add portabello mushrooms next time & just put a little roasted red pepper dressing or raspberry vinaigrette on hoagie or hard bun. I liked this much more than my husband. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2004
Very nice way to use the summer tomotoes. Quick and easy to make for a crowd. I used Newman's Own Balsamic Vinaigrette with the sandwich. It is quite delicious. Thanks for the recipe Read More
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