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Caprese Grilled Cheese

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 2 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 8 ingredients

This summery Grilled Cheese Caprese recipe is perfect for when juicy local tomatoes are in the market. Quick and tasty, this sandwich takes the classic Caprese salad ingredients; fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basi, to make...


  • 4 thin slices of wholewheat sourdough bread
  • 1-2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 thin slices of mozzarella cheese cut into strips, divided (see Ann’s Tips)
  • 1 small beefsteak tomato sliced, divided (for neutropenic diet, see Ann’s Tips)
  • 3 fresh basil leaves torn into small pieces, divided
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup, packed, baby arugula (optional)
  • sea salt to taste
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Nutrition Facts


369 cals


19 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

10 g


38 g


5 g


3 g


14 g


591 mg


  1. Heat a griddle or non-stick skillet over a medium high flame.
  2. Lay the slices of bread on a board. Brush them on one side with half the olive oil. Transfer the bread, oiled sides down, onto the hot griddle. Lightly brown, about 3 minutes. Remove to the board browned sides up.
  3. Take ½ the mozzarella and evenly cover the toasted sides of 2 slices of the bread. Put half the sliced tomato on top of each and sprinkle with the torn basil leaves. Take the remaining cheese and lay over the tomato. Take the remaining slices of bread and lay them over the filling, toasted sides down and gently press together.
  4. Take half the remaining olive oil and brush the top of each sandwich with it. Carefully turn the assembled sandwiches over and transfer them to the griddle, oiled sides down. Cook, gently pressing down on the sandwich as the cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes. Brush the tops of the sandwiches, about 3-5 minutes more, again gently pressing down on the sandwiches as they cook.
  5. When both sides are golden and the cheese has melted, they’re ready. Serve piping hot. If using the arugula, toss with 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt and serve on the side.

Chef Tips

For the best results, use freshly made balled mozzarella cheese. Many supermarkets now make their own mozzarella. If they don’t, Bel Gioioso is a good standby.
If on a neutropenic diet, quickly sear or sauté the tomato first.

Registered Dietitian Approved

Our recipes, articles, and videos are reviewed by our oncology-trained dietitians to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society

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