Our Best Caprese Recipes

At it's core, caprese is an Italian salad composed of fresh mozzarella cheese, juicy tomatoes, basil and a little bit of olive oil. While the classic is something we never get sick of, we're also delighted with the many ways this rustic side can morph into almost anything at all.

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Caprese Salad

Fresh, juicy tomatoes are the star of this classic salad. Just four ingredients and you have the perfect appetizer for your next gathering. Top with basil and drizzle with olive oil to bring it all together.

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Pasta Caprese

Jill and Joe Biden are here to help you make your guests feel like VIPs with this caprese style pasta salad. Use your guests' favorite pasta shape to make this dish extra special.

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Crustless Caprese Quiche

The classic Caprese salad — a composed arrangement of fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil — is as pretty as it is delicious (especially when tomatoes are at their peak). This creamy quiche brings all that to the table and more, for shockingly few calories.

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Thin-Crust Caprese Pizza

Trust us, you're going to want a "pizza" this! Freshly sliced heirloom tomatoes create colorful layers atop a thin and crispy Parmesan-coated crust.

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Caprese Chicken Penne Alfredo

Creamy Alfredo pasta meets the freshness of a caprese salad in this one-skillet dinner.

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Caprese Tartlets

Melissa d'Arabian transforms white bread into adorable bites. Each tiny cup gets a dollop of cream cheese and basil filling before they are baked until golden brown. Fresh tomatoes add a pop of color to these caprese-inspired tartlets.

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Caprese Salad with Prosciutto and Fried Artichokes

If artichokes are the way to your heart — this recipe is for you. Gently fried in olive oil, they add a crunchy component to this elegant salad.

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One-Pot Caprese Pasta

This dish tastes just like your favorite summer salad, only heartier. If you haven't tried a one-pot pasta yet, do: It's a great timesaving trick. The noodles and sauce cook together, which means this dinner is ready in just 15 minutes. Stirring in the fresh mozzarella at the end creates an almost-instant cream sauce, coating each noodle with a hint of cheese.

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Tortellini Caprese Salad

This pasta dish is as eye-catching as it is cheesy. Cheesy tortellini tossed with small pearls of mozzarella create a dish that highlights the various hues of heirloom cherry tomatoes.

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Winter Caprese Salad

This side incorporates some not-so traditional ingredients, like crisp celery, making it a version of caprese that can be enjoyed any time of year.

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Sheet Pan Caprese Chicken

Your dishwasher will thank you for this single-sheet pan weeknight dinner — no prep bowls needed! Juicy roasted tomatoes and cheesy chicken get a hint of brightness from fresh basil and a quick balsamic reduction.

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American Flag Caprese Salad

This new take on caprese can be the centerpiece at your summer party. Build an American flag with purple potatoes, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. A large wooden cutting board lined with parchment makes the perfect serving platter.

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Caprese Kabob

Trisha Yearwood's caprese kabobs are going to be your next grilling obsession. The baguette gets perfectly toasted on the grill as the cheese melts ever so slightly. Soak the wooden skewers prior to grilling to ensure that they don’t burn.

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with Smoky Caprese Panini

Nothing goes with a warm bowl of tomato soup quite like a toasty panini. Who doesn't love a good cheese pull? To get your mozzarella nice and melted, place a small pan on top of the sandwich to weigh it down as it cooks.

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Spiedini Hoagies with Caprese Relish

We are "relish-ing" in the glory of this recipe. Tomatoes, capers and red wine vinegar add a freshness and acidity to Bobby Flay's hearty Italian hoagie.

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Plum Caprese Salad

Layers of tomatoes and plums create a striking dish that is sure to impress your party guests. Top with creamy burrata cheese, fresh basil and mint to finish off this new take on the classic salad.

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Three Cheese Caprese Calzone

You don't have to go to your local pizzeria to get this caprese calzone. When sealing the calzone, cut slits in the top of the dough to allow the steam to escape from the dough pocket.

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Tomato and Bocconcini Caprese

Geoffrey Zakarian knows that we eat with our eyes first. This vibrant caprese is dressed up with yellow and red tomatoes cut into different shapes and sizes.

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Chopped Caprese Salad

Warm weather means eating outdoors and refreshing salads to keep us cool. Nancy Fuller turns a classic caprese into a chopped salad by incorporating romaine lettuce, Kalamata olives and a light red wine vinegar dressing.

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Caprese Endive Boats

Use endive leaves as edible spoons at your next get together. These bite-sized endive boats filled with tomato, mozzarella and basil can be served along side crudite for a light appetizer.

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