Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Arugula Pesto– a toasty, melty grilled cheese sandwich with flavorful arugula pesto highlighting ripe and juicy summer tomatoes.  

Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Arugula Pesto- a toasty, melty grilled cheese sandwich with flavorful arugula pesto.
Every now and then, I get a hankering for a really good grilled cheese sandwich. After spending three weeks in Asia without a bite of cheese and very little bread, it was one of the first things I wanted to eat when we got back. It also happens to be tomato season!
This Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich checks all the boxes for me- toasty, melty and full of so much flavor! Best to make this when tomatoes are ripe and at their peak of flavor.
Grilled Caprese Sandwich with Arugula Pesto- a toasty, melty grilled cheese sandwich with flavorful arugula pesto. #grilledcheese #grilledcheesesandwich #arugulapesto #arugula
This Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich starts with good bread. A rustic sourdough boule is thickly sliced and layered with fresh mozzarella cheese, summer tomatoes, and a flavorful Arugula Pesto. Lightly browned in a skillet and placed in a hot oven, it comes out golden, toasty and melty.
Grilled Caprese Sandwich with Arugula Pesto- a toasty, melty grilled cheese sandwich with flavorful arugula pesto. #grilledcheese #grilledcheesesandwich #arugulapesto #arugula

 

The Arugula Pesto recipe is one that I use repeatedly for catering because of its flavor and versatility. It contains a little flavor-enhancing secret.
This Arugula Pesto recipe is deliberately a little salty and a little lemony. This is because I often use it to flavor other things as well. When catering, I will mix it with mayo or Veganaise for a flavorful sandwich spread, or toss it with pasta, for a quick meal, use it as a condiment for grilled fish or tofu…..or even season soup with it.
The pesto itself is actually vegan, which makes it very versatile. Because fresh Mozzarella contains little or no salt, I love the addition of this pesto. The secret ingredient in the recipe is smoked almonds. Using smoked almonds instead of pinenuts, gives this a deep, smoky, earthy flavor which I love.
Grilled Caprese Sandwich with Arugula Pesto- a toasty, melty grilled cheese sandwich with flavorful arugula pesto. #grilledcheese #grilledcheesesandwich #arugulapesto #arugula

Arugula on its own can have a bitter quality.  In this pesto, blend it with fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley.

Grilled Caprese Sandwich with Arugula Pesto- a toasty, melty grilled cheese sandwich with flavorful arugula pesto. #grilledcheese #grilledcheesesandwich #arugulapesto #arugula

Begin layering your sandwich. Cheese, toamtoes, pesto.

Grilled Caprese Sandwich with Arugula Pesto- a toasty, melty grilled cheese sandwich with flavorful arugula pesto. #grilledcheese #grilledcheesesandwich #arugulapesto #arugula

Lightly brown both sides in a heavy bottom skillet, using a combination of butter and olive oil, then finish in a 375F oven to get it perfectly melty and toasty without having the bread get too dark. Add fresh arugula after it comes out of the oven.

 

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Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Arugula Pesto


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Grilled Caprese Sandwich with Arugula Pesto– a toasty, melty grilled cheese sandwich with flavorful arugula pesto.


Ingredients

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  • Good sourdough or rustic bread
  • fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • sliced summer tomatoes
  • Butter and olive oil for the pan

Arugula Pesto ( makes one cup)


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Make Arugula Pesto: Place garlic, almonds, basil and arugula in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse until combined, scraping down sides as necessary. (This recipe is intentionally a little salty and quite lemony if tasted on its own. It’s meant to flavor the sandwich, or could be tossed with pasta, or even mixed with a little mayo (or veganaise) for a flavorful sandwich spread.)
  3. Layer fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and arugula pesto between two slices of bread. Heat 1 T butter and 1 T olive oil in a heavy bottom oven proof skillet. Lightly crisp and brown each side, then  place in the hot oven. Bake until cheese is completely melty, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add fresh arugula if you like!


Nutrition

  • Calories: 550

Keywords: grilled cheese sandwich, arugula pesto, caprese grilled cheese sandwich,

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  1. Delicious! Love the texture of the almond pesto. Grilled it in the panini press for maximum cheese melt effect.

  2. I came across your recipe on the buzz feed, i am recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and always looking for a healthier way to eat…this sandwich has become a stable in my new diet, I make it 2 to 3 times a week to replace the nasty fast food i tend to eat on the go…Thank you for the inspiration I have started to try different sandwich ideas because of this keep doing these amazing recipes and inspiring us all to do better with how we eat…

  3. Made this for dinner tonight. All I can say is DELICIOUS! My husband and I absolutely loved the sandwich. Thank you for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  4. This has got to be one of the most delicious looking meals I’ve seen in a long time – and this is coming from a personal trainer and Pilates instructor! I can’t wait to share this recipe with my clients. Everything in moderation! 🙂

  5. I made this today, I didn’t make my pesto; I don’t have a food processor. However, it came out wonderful thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Just made this (I cheated and used store-bought pesto instead of making the arugula), and my boyfriend (a picky eater) loved it! I also buttered the outside of the bread and grilled it on my George Foreman. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Your recipe is looks awsme, you give the easiest way to prepare this recipe, from your

    recipe tips many people gets advantage. Regards, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  8. This looks amazing! Using Arugula in place of Basil for pesto is an interesting idea. I’ll have to give it a try.

  9. Oh yum, this looks like the best sandwich! I love the idea of the smoked almonds in the pesto too, will have to try this!

  10. This was a seriously delicious sandwich, thanks for the inspiration! Here in Dublin we’re lucky enough to have the most amazing Irish-made buffalo mozzarella (a local farmer imported the herd from Italy a couple of years ago and it’s been a rip-roaring success). Your recipe idea was just what I needed to make the most of good local ingredients !

  11. This is the most delicious looking thing I’ve ever seen! You are combining two of my most favourite things. Caprese salad and sandwiches lol. Just found your site and I’m loving it by the way.

  12. This looks amazing. It would be a delicious entry in the Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown. http://GrilledCheeseAcademy.com

  13. I feel the need to go to the store and make this for my lunch today. Looks amazing! I agree with you about not depriving yourself and moderation. I’ve changed my lifestyle too and live by the vegan before dinner motto. I’ve lost weight, gained energy and am feeling pretty awesome these days. Cheers!

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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