This Caprese Sandwich takes a twist by being toasted with melted mozzarella, and creamy parsley pesto. The sandwich is perfect sor an everyday lunch or a picnic!

This Caprese Sandwich takes a twist by being toasted with melted mozzarella, and creamy parsley pesto. The sandwich is perfect for an everyday lunch or a picnic! | https://jessicainthekitchen.com

Well, hello there, almost June! It seems that the official summer month has creeped up on us so quickly, but guess who isn’t complaining! While it’s been literally summer weather all year here, it means being at the beach endlessly will be totally acceptable. It also means, I can post endless summer recipes!

The thing is, I need all the excuses I can get to leave the house. This broken leg (sorry if I misled some of you, it still hasn’t healed) has put me in quite a negative mood which can be quite addictive, and for that I have been looking forward to June for a while. I can’t go into the water at the beach, but just sitting by it helps so so much. I used to go to the beach all the time just to relax and perk up my mood, and I think it will be needed more than ever now.

This Caprese Sandwich takes a twist by being toasted with melted mozzarella, and creamy parsley pesto. The sandwich is perfect for an everyday lunch or a picnic! | https://jessicainthekitchen.com

I was also looking at my blog content and realised, you’d never be able to tell that I live on a tropical island. That actually, really needs to change! With the Mr.’s help, I plan to be creating a lot more tropical recipes so expect a lot more pineapple, watermelon, mangoes and the likes, and dare I say, actual Jamaican recipes! I had to laugh at myself because a friend asked me for a few Jamaican recipes from my blog, and I found all of three Jamaican recipes. Umm, what?! That needs to change! I’m not trying to be a copycat or just like any blog especially when I have something that sets me apart specifically!

This Caprese Sandwich takes a twist by being toasted with melted mozzarella, and creamy parsley pesto. The sandwich is perfect for an everyday lunch or a picnic! | https://jessicainthekitchen.com

So let me take you to the beginning of this beautiful summer month was a sandwich that may not be tropical or Jamaican, but is DEFINITELY bursting with colour and the flavours that I love to associate with summer. This sandwich came about from my obsession with parsley pesto + finding delicious mozzarella cheese, not the shredded version, but the whole ball of mozz cheese, which if you haven’t tried, you need to.

The flavour is so much better and a lot less salty from the packaged version! Combined with delicious homegrown tomatoes and parsley pesto and delicious french bread, you couldn’t have a simpler but delicious sandwich. I went on a binge and had this for lunch and dinner for quite a while, mainly in an attempt to have pesto at every single meal (haven’t thought of a breakfast version yet). I considered eating it cold but once I tasted the ingredients heated, decided that this was the way to go.

Shall I do the honours? Go ahead, make this sandwich, and dig in.

 This Caprese Sandwich takes a twist by being toasted with melted mozzarella, and creamy parsley pesto. The sandwich is perfect for an everyday lunch or a picnic! | https://jessicainthekitchen.com

This Caprese Sandwich takes a twist by being toasted with melted mozzarella, and creamy parsley pesto. The sandwich is perfect for an everyday lunch or a picnic! | https://jessicainthekitchen.com
Caprese Sandwich with Parsley Pesto

Caprese Sandwich with Parsley Pesto

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Ingredients
  • 1 personal loaf French bread (gluten free if you're gluten free)
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 3 slices fresh ball mozzarella cheese, halved
  • 3 tablespoons Parsley Pesto
Instructions
  • Slice loaf in half. Add mozzarella cheese slices and tomato slices along the bottom of the sandwich.
  • Spread the parsley pesto on the top of the sandwich. Press the sandwich closed. Toast in a panini machine on medium for about 5 minutes, until crispy and cheese is melted.
  • Remove, cut in half and enjoy!

This would also taste amazing with my basil pesto and my cashew pea pesto!

 

by Jessica
It's That Easy - Your Guide to a Healthier, Meatless Lifestyle

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49 comments

  1. Ala says:

    Oh, I love the idea of more tropical recipes–that would be an awesome reflection of your lifestyle! I’m sorry to hear about the leg, though–chin up, girl, you’ve got some sunshine and great recipes waiting for you! And I hope the smile-thoughts journaling has been going well (I hope I’m not misremembering–that was you, right? 🙂 ). I do love the freshness of this recipe, since it’s always balmy and nice here as well. Cheers, dear!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much for the motivation Ala 🙂 !!

    • Jessica says:

      You’re not misremembering 🙂 that was me! I haven’t done it in a few days THANK YOU for the reminder!! *kicks butt*

  2. Jessica, I would LOVE to see some Jamaican recipes here. Please please please!
    Hope your leg gets back to normal very soon … I can imagine how frustrating that must be for you. In the meantime, though, at least you can cheer yourself up a bit by eating more of these beautiful sandwiches. Love your photos!

  3. marcie says:

    This kind of sandwich is always my sandwich of choice — I love caprese, and the parsley pesto sounds delicious! Being near the water always makes me happier, too, and I can’t wait to see your tropical/Jamaican recipes! 🙂

  4. Monica says:

    You’ve inspired me to make this for lunch very soon…might have to go with my jarred pesto this time but I’m going to the farmer’s market tomorrow morning and should be able to gather the rest of the ingredients there. Thanks!

  5. Liz says:

    Ugh, I’m so sorry about your leg!!! You poor thing. But I’m certain this amazing caprese sandwich put a smile on your face…as it would bring a smile to mine!! Good to see you back!

  6. First of all: sorry to hear about your foot! :'( That must be so terrible eek. I really hope you feel better soon Jess!
    On the bright side, this might just be the most delicious sandwich I’ve ever seen! It looks so summery and fresh – what a flawless combo os flavors! I cannot wait for summer so as to be done with all of my exams and get back to cooking, because this beaut is definitely on my list ;—)
    Get well soon & lots of hugs!!!

  7. ela@GrayApron says:

    Nice, very nice. I should make this since parsley is more local here than basil! Thanks, beautiful sandwiches….just the way i like them!

    ela h.

  8. This looks amazing, Jess! I love the idea of using parsley pesto, that sounds so delicious. This is my kind of recipe, love all that oozy mozzarella cheese mixed with the pesto, tomatoes and toasted bread, Definitely going to try this one out! 🙂

  9. This sandwich looks AMAZING and so beautiful, I wish the sunlight here was just as good, either that or you have your photos timed for the perfect light, they are gorgeous!!! Hope the leg is healing well and kudos for keeping up with the blog!!

  10. Girl that sandwich is amazing!!! The cheese oozing out is everything!

  11. GORGEOUUUUUS!!! Caprese sandwiches are my favorite and this one is making my mouth water!

  12. Kelly says:

    Aaaw, sorry to hear your leg hasn’t healed yet – I really hope you feel better soon.
    I would love to see more tropical recipes, I have been dreaming and craving for tropical flavors lately so that sounds perfect. And so does this sandwich! I am a sucker for carpese anything and it sounds amazing with the parsely pesto – it’s the perfect summery lunch 🙂

  13. Ann says:

    These look delish!

  14. Matea says:

    Oh, yum! This sandwich seems perfect for summer!

  15. Ranardis says:

    I love pesto! I made a spinach pesto in my ninja that was DELICIOUS! I don’t know why I’ve never made realgur pesto, I think you’re inspired me. I have something I’m going to send you in the mail I’ve been lazy with my mail lately, but you should get it soon!

  16. Claudio says:

    Reblogged this on and commented: Doh! I just reelizad that I forgot one vital element to this pesto recipe NUTS! I love to use pine nuts in my pesto but you really can experiment with all kinds of nuts! To this recipe, add about a 1/4 cup.

  17. Yusuf says:

    Amanda it’s me, Judy, your former corowker from school sporting my new last name! I was looking for you on Facebook, but I found this instead. What a cool blog! I’ll be trying your recipes!

  18. Ana says:

    Trudys hoagie sawhcdinh, Try this sanwhich, i hope this is good, Get a hoagie roll, a sub roll, ok, cut in half, As you would a hoagie, put on Mayo, spread that on bottom, next put on three slices of boiled Ham, then 3 slices of provolone cheese, then 3 slices of capricolla ham, Then 3 slices of swiss cheese, Then 3 slices of pepporoni, then three slices of onion, then three slices of green pepper and then, 3 slices of tomatoes, now oil then top it off with Black olives, and last but not least Hot tomato peppers, on the sides put lettuce on the sides of each , now fold and Bite, oh soo good, Created by Trudy momma Trudy, Now you try it

  19. Kendra says:

    Just about to make this for lunch, looks so yummy!
    By the way, a breakfast use for the peso could be an eggs benny (or florentine as I’d make) with grilled tomatoes and the pesto! Yummmm!

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