Sometimes the best way to eat more salad is to think outside the salad plate. We find this to be particularly true with caprese, the much-loved salad layered with a trio of ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil. To make sure you get your fill this summer, here are five more ways to eat caprese (sans salad plate).
1. Caprese on avocado toast.
Consider your morning (or lunchtime) avocado toast a blank canvas, waiting to be topped with bite-sized tomatoes, mozzarella pieces, and torn fresh basil leaves. It's a contrasting medley of flavors that matches up so well with cool, creamy avocado.
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2. Caprese baked into a quiche.
Caprese has all the makings of a summer quiche that can really dazzle. It's the kind of egg dish that will be just as welcoming served room temperature one day as it is when hot and fresh from the oven.
3. Caprese stuffed in a grilled cheese sandwich.
One of our favorite ways to enjoy mozzarella is when it's ooey, gooey, and super melty. Needless to say, a grilled cheese sandwich is a nearly perfect vehicle to conquer the caprese craving.
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When you need a quick solution to beat dinner fatigue, give your chicken breast a seasonal boost with a topping of layered caprese. Once cooked, drape the chicken with a slice of fresh mozzarella and stick it under the broiler for just a minute or two until it's melted. Just before serving, top with a slice of juicy tomato and fresh basil.
5. Caprese baked with pasta.
Let caprese give your baked ziti a boost. Swap out some of the tomato sauce for fresh diced tomatoes. Trade the shredded cheese for chunks of fresh mozzarella, and be sure to fold in plenty of fresh basil leaves with the noodles.
Get a Recipe: How To Make an All-Star Baked Ziti