The Caprese Pesto Sandwich is one of my favorite things to bring on a picnic and a road trip. This sandwich can be wrapped up and the crusty bread will stay nice and firm while soaking up all of the flavors from the pesto, mozzarella, and tomato. Another great thing is that you could find almost all of the ingredients at your local Costco. Man do I love Costco…
Some ripe Houweling’s Roma tomatoes still on the vine. Costco baby! Make sure you keep your tomatoes on the kitchen counter and not in the refrigerator.
Slice them up.
BelGioioso fresh mozzarella found at Costco. I love that it’s pre sliced. It’s perfect for when you’re serving Insalata Caprese because each slice is the same thickness. It just makes the presentation better and I don’t have the knife skills to do it at home lol.
Since it was pre sliced, I just had to gently peel off each piece.
A couple of tablespoons of homemade pesto sauce that I made a few days before. If you don’t want the hassle of making your own, Costco sells a Kirkland pesto sauce in the deli section that tastes delicious.
La Brea Bakery’s Demi Baguettes. Found at Costco as well. You can often find these still warm in the bread section.
The perfect size for sandwiches.
Slice a baguette in half and smear pesto on both sides. I used about 1 Tbl on each side, but feel free to put more pesto on your sandwich. The bread is dense enough where it can handle a lot of sauce.
Place the mozzarella on the side that will be the bottom.
Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the mozzarella.
Next up is the fresh basil. This hydroponically grown basil plant was purchased at Fresh & Easy. All you need to do is place the pot the plant came in, into another vessel, and add water to it. Because it was grown hydroponically, trying to plant it in soil was unsuccessful for me, but I’m sure you could do it somehow.
Place the fresh basil leaves on top of the tomatoes.
Flip the top over and enjoy! This would be the perfect time to wrap them up.
If you’re going to eat it for lunch, you must slice it in half. A sandwich always tastes better when it’s cut. It just does :D
And that’s it! The easiest, Caprese Pesto Sandwich ever. If you want to get fancy, you could put the assembled sandwich in a panini grill, pop the whole thing into an oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese, or just toast the bread before assembly.
If you want to check out some other versions of this sandwich, check out these lovely recipes:
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