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Easy One-Serving Caprese Sandwich

Turn a simple lunch into something special with this easy Caprese sandwich. It’s made for one, but with options to customize it exactly to your liking.

Caprese sandwich on a blue serving plate on a blue surface.

Today, I want to share a quick recipe that’s perfect when you’re eating alone and craving something fresh and tasty.

This sandwich really reminds me of sitting in a little Italian café, soaking up the sun.

Just imagine fresh basil, juicy cherry tomatoes, and creamy mozzarella tucked between slices of crunchy ciabatta or focaccia bread.

It’s a great choice whether you’re a busy professional, a student, or just someone who loves good food.

Let’s get started!

🌟 Recipe Tips

  • The bread makes the sandwich, and for this toasted sandwich, Ciabatta works great because it’s crusty outside and soft inside. Focaccia is another good option for a different texture. Just make sure it’s fresh and crunchy.
  • A little basil pesto can add a lot of flavors, but it’s best to use it sparingly.
  • Lightly grilling the bread adds that extra crunch and warmth. It’s a small step that makes a big difference in texture and taste.

🥘 Ingredients & Substitutes

Two buns near cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil pesto.
  • Ciabatta Bread is my go-to for this sandwich because it’s crunchy and sturdy, perfect for piling on the toppings. If you can’t find ciabatta, a baguette or sourdough works just as well for that crunch.
  • Cherry Tomatoes. I love using cherry tomatoes for their sweet-tart flavor; they really bring a fresh burst to the sandwich. If you don’t have them, grape tomatoes or diced Roma tomatoes are just as good.
  • Basil Pesto adds a nice herby, garlicky touch. No pesto? No problem. Olive tapenade or fresh herb mayo can also do the trick, giving you that richness or a creamy, herby flavor.
  • Mozzarella is my cheese of choice for its creamy texture that goes so well with the tomatoes and pesto. If you’re out of mozzarella, burrata is a great creamy substitute, or you can use a mild provolone or Havarti for a similar melt and taste.

👩‍🍳 Directions

First, slice your bread in half and toast it cut side down in a pan until it’s golden and crispy.

Frying 4 halves of a small bread in a frying pan on the stove.

Once your bread is toasted, turn off the heat and flip the slices over. Layer some mozzarella and sliced tomatoes on one half, and sprinkle a bit of salt on top.

Spread some pesto on the other half.

Two halves with spreaded basil pesto and two halves with tomato halves and mozzarella.

Close it up by putting the pesto side on top of the tomato and mozzarella, drizzle a little olive oil over it, and you’re set. Enjoy your crunchy, flavorful snack!

Caprese sandwich on a blue serving plate on a blue surface.

🍴 How to Double the Recipe:

If you’re making this Caprese sandwich for two or just want a larger serving, it’s super easy to double. Just grab two ciabatta rolls or double your slices of ciabatta bread. Do the same with the cherry tomatoes, basil pesto, and mozzarella cheese.

It’s important to keep the flavors balanced, so increase each ingredient proportionally. That way, each bite is just as good as the original.

🍽️ Servings

Italian Garden Salad Side

Throw together a quick Italian garden salad with mixed greens, sliced cucumbers, olives, red onion rings, and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Use a light vinaigrette or Italian dressing.

Serve the salad on the side or on the same plate for a nice visual. The colors look great next to the sandwich. Toss a few basil leaves on top for an extra Italian vibe. Perfect for a refreshing lunch on a warm day.

Soup Pairing

A toasted ciabatta Caprese sandwich goes perfectly with tomato basil soup or a light veggie broth. Serve the soup in a small bowl or cup next to the sandwich. Maybe add a dollop of cream or a basil leaf for looks.

This combo is ideal for a comforting lunch or dinner when it’s chilly out. It’s filling without being too heavy.

Picnic Pleasure

Pack this Caprese sandwich for a picnic with some fresh fruit like apples or grapes, a few nuts, and something to drink like lemonade or iced tea.

Wrap the sandwich in parchment and use reusable containers for everything else. This setup is great for a relaxing day outdoors, making your picnic easy and enjoyable.

🍽️ Variations

Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwich

Add thinly sliced grilled chicken breast for extra protein. Layer the chicken on top of the mozzarella before adding tomatoes and pesto.

Vegan Caprese Sandwich

Swap the mozzarella for a vegan cheese alternative or a thick slice of avocado for creaminess. Use a dairy-free pesto made with nutritional yeast instead of Parmesan.

Caprese Sandwich with a Crunch

Add thinly sliced cucumber or radishes for an extra crunch. These veggies bring a fresh, crispy texture, making the sandwich even more refreshing.

Pesto-Free Caprese Sandwich

Skip the pesto and drizzle a balsamic glaze or olive oil instead. This version focuses on the mozzarella, tomato, and basil, with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze.

Spicy Caprese Sandwich

Add a few slices of spicy salami or spread a thin layer of chili-infused olive oil for a kick. The spice adds a bold twist to the classic Caprese flavors.

🤔 FAQs

Can I Make This Sandwich Ahead of Time?

Absolutely, you can prepare some components of the One-Serving Caprese Sandwich in advance. Slice your ciabatta bread and have your mozzarella and tomatoes cut and ready. However, to avoid sogginess, assemble the sandwich close to the time you plan to eat it. The pesto can be spread and the sandwich assembled just before serving to maintain the best texture and freshness.

What Should I Do with Leftover Ingredients?

Leftover ingredients can be creatively used in other dishes. Extra cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese can be tossed into a salad or used to make a quick bruschetta. Leftover ciabatta bread can be toasted and used as croutons or enjoyed with soups. If you have extra basil pesto, it can be used as a pasta sauce or as a flavorful addition to grilled meats or vegetables.

Can I Add Meat to This Sandwich?

Certainly! While the classic Caprese sandwich is vegetarian, you can add thinly sliced grilled chicken, prosciutto, or salami for added protein and flavor. Just add the meat layer on top of the cheese before adding the tomatoes and pesto.

Can I Reduce the Calories in This Sandwich?

To make a lighter version, you can use less mozzarella cheese and a thinner layer of pesto. Opting for a whole grain ciabatta can also add nutritional value. Additionally, you can add more tomatoes and basil to increase the volume without significantly adding calories.

📔 Recipe Card:

Caprese sandwich on a blue serving plate on a blue surface.

Easy One-Serving Caprese Sandwich

Savor every bite of our Toasted Ciabatta Caprese Sandwich, featuring the freshest ingredients for a delightful Italian experience.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1
Calories 714 kcal


  • 5 oz Ciabatta
  • 2 oz Cherry tomato
  • 2 teaspoons Basil Pesto
  • 4 oz Mozzarella


  • Slice the bread in half and toast it in a pan, cut side down, until it becomes golden and crispy.
    5 oz Ciabatta
  • After toasting, turn off the heat and flip the bread over.
  • On one half of the bread, place mozzarella and sliced tomatoes, seasoning them with a little salt.
    2 oz Cherry tomato, 4 oz Mozzarella
  • Spread pesto sauce on the other half of the bread.
    2 teaspoons Basil Pesto
  • Cover the mozzarella and tomato side with the pesto side.
  • Drizzle the sandwich with a little olive oil.
  • Your flavorful snack is now ready to be enjoyed.


Calories: 714kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 38gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1505mgPotassium: 210mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1245IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 595mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Bread, Chees, Tomato
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