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9 Caprese Salads That Go Beyond the Salad Bowl

Ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and gorgeous green basil go together like summer and sunshine. We always love caprese salad served simply — just a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. But we also like to get creative with caprese. These top-rated recipes update traditional caprese salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Poached Eggs Caprese

"A delicious dish inspired by eggs Benedict with mozzarella, tomatoes, and pesto," says Yoojin K.


Poached Eggs Caprese

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2. Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad

“The mozzarella used is a fresh mozzarella,” says thedailygourmet. “If you use the brick style, it will not be the same.”


Caprese Pasta

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3. Toasted Caprese Sandwich

"Fabulous!" says Jillian. "If you love caprese salad, then you'll love this sandwich."


Caprese Sandwich

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4. Zucchini Caprese

"Zucchini cooked with basil and tomatoes is delicious as a side dish or on its own as a healthy meal," says Patrice Ramsay. "Goes great with grilled chicken."


Zucchini Caprese

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5. Caprese Chicken

“I love caprese salad, and I’m always trying to find new ways to make chicken dishes and eat a bit healthier,” says Dana Andreucci Johnson. “Plus the basil in my garden is growing out of control.”


Caprese Chicken

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6. Caprese Burger

“I am always looking for ways to jazz up the boring burger and came up with this after having a delicious caprese salad,” says Sarah Stephan. “Be sure to use fresh basil and the marinated tomatoes are a must!”


Caprese Burger

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7. Caprese on a stick

“This is a great, easy finger appetizer,” says ALZ. “I came up with it because I love caprese but it was difficult to serve at large parties. Putting the same ingredients on a toothpick yielded great results.”


Caprese on a Stick

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8. Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak

Top a simple caprese salad with leftover grilled steak. “This is a fresh, healthy, easy-to-make salad with a twist,” says cookinmama.


Caprese Salad with Grilled Flank Steak

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9. Caprese on Toast

“Traditional Italian caprese salad on lightly-toasted bread,” says hamalpn. “It makes a quick and easy supper -- or appetizer. Fresh ingredients are key to this recipe.”


Caprese on Toast

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