Taking my favorite salad ingredients and transforming them into a gooey, flavorful Caprese Grilled Cheese was a genius move! Melty mozzarella, garden tomatoes, and pesto make for a divine sandwich!

This Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a perfect summer lunch when fresh garden tomatoes are plentiful.

Caprese Grilled Cheese | A genius grilled cheese based on the scrumptious Caprese salad

Caprese Grilled Cheese for National Grilled Cheese Month!

Did you all know that April is National Grilled Cheese month??? I would be happy to eat this combination of gooey cheese inside of buttery toasted bread every.single.day…what’s not to love?  When I saw these tempting sandwiches on my friend Alisha’s gorgeous blog, The Ardent Epicure, I knew I would make them.  These tasted marvelous with slices of hothouse tomatoes, so I can only imagine how fabulous they’d be with peak of season garden tomatoes. I used buffalo mozzarella as did Alisha, but any fresh mozz will do. I also added a layer of pesto for an extra oomph of basil.

Caprese Grilled Cheese | A genius grilled cheese based on the scrumptious Caprese salad

How to Make an Italian Grilled Cheese Recipe

There is no exact recipe for this Caprese grilled cheese. It’s very adaptable and pretty much foolproof.

You may choose to use garlic butter to amp up the flavor.

Add some prosciutto or any other Italian deli meat for another dimension.

How about subbing some fresh Georgia peaches for the tomatoes? The best peach I ever ate was from a fruit stand in Florence, Italy, many decades ago! What do you think???  Plus, check out this tasty Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta.

Caprese Grilled Cheese | A genius grilled cheese based on the scrumptious Caprese salad
Caprese Grilled Cheese | A genius grilled cheese based on the scrumptious Caprese salad

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield varies

Inspired by The Ardent Epicure blog

May use regular mozzarella cheese if fresh is not available.


  • 2 slices Ciabatta or favorite bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Pesto
  • 2 fresh tomato slices
  • 2 slices buffalo mozzarella
  • Garlic salt
  • Basil leaves, about 2-3 per sandwich


  1. Brush one side of bread per sandwich with butter and place buttered sides down in large sauté pan.
  2. Smear pesto on exposed side. Layer each with cheese, then sprinkle well with garlic salt followed by tomato slices and basil.
  3. Top each sandwich with a second slice of buttered bread, butter side up.
  4. Sauté till first side is golden brown, flip and cook till second side is brown and cheese is melted. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 836Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1813mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 7gSugar: 12gProtein: 32g

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In Sienna, Italy, eating lunch
A real Italian Caprese salad
Katie and me feasting on our favorite Caprese salads
in Siena, Italy