A classic Italian caprese salad is reinvented as bright-flavored panini…and it’s not just for vegetarians either. Sweet heirloom tomatoes and creamy, melted fresh mozzarella are accented by fresh basil and a hint of lemon zest and olive oil on a French baguette. The result is a satisfying medley of flavors that’s quick and easy to enjoy any day of the week.
1 French baguette, halved lengthwise
2-3 fresh basil leaves
1 heirloom tomato (or other tomato of your choice), sliced into 1/4″ slices
2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Preheat panini grill to medium-high heat (375 degrees).
Drizzle olive oil inside both halves of the baguette. On the bottom half, layer basil leaves and tomatoes. Season tomatoes with salt, pepper and lemon zest. Add mozzarella and top half of baguette.
Grill sandwich for 5-6 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve immediately and enjoy!