Lovely Lunches: Caprese Sandwiches with Basil Walnut Pesto

Someone once asked me “If you could only eat one thing every day for the rest of you life, what would it be?”  I said, “That’s easy. A really good sandwich.” I love sandwiches. What’s more satisfying than sinking your teeth into a balanced combination of meat cheese and vegetables pressed between two slices of bread? I think the first thing I learned how to say confidently in French during my semester in Paris was “Je voudrais un sandwich au poulet, s’il vous-plait.” or “I would like  a chicken sandwich, please.” at the local boulangerie.  Obviously, the ingredients you use are important. I personally think that fresh bread is an important factor in a sandwich’s deliciousness. Also homemade condiments such as mayonnaise, aioli, or in this case, pesto make for a superior sandwich. Pesto is one of those magic foods that takes no time to make but packs so much exciting flavor. And if we all could manage to keep our basil plants alive, it’s also something that you could make without having to go to the store, toss it with some pasta and dinner is ready. This recipe will leave you with some extra pesto which can be tossed with pasta or used however you desire.



Caprese Sandwiches with Basil Walnut Pesto

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup walnuts halves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, stems removed
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 baguette, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 2 slices soppressata or prosciutto
  • 1  ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced

MAKE PESTO: In a food processor, add garlic and process until minced. Add olive oil in  a slow steady stream and with processor on add the walnuts followed by the 3/4 cups of basil. Reserve the remaining basil leaves for sandwiches. When the pesto is blended, transfer with a spatula into a bowl and fold in Parmesan. Season with salt and lemon juice.

Spread pesto on one side of baguette. Top with sliced mozzarella, tomatoes, soppressata, and basil leaves. To warm sandwich and melt cheese before serving, place sandwich on skillet over medium-low heat and cover. When cheese is beginning to melt and bread is toasted, cut sandwiches in half and serve.


Filed under Heather Platt, Lunch, Main Course, Uncategorized

10 responses to “Lovely Lunches: Caprese Sandwiches with Basil Walnut Pesto

  1. Kyla

    wow! that looks delicious! i can’t wait to try it out.


  2. Speaking of pesto, I was introduced to an easy layered appetizer on New Year’s Eve and I made it this weekend (with prepared ingredients from Trader Joe’s, but you could make the elements from scratch) for a family gathering. On a deep plate, spread a layer of humus, then a layer of pesto, then crumbled feta, then chopped tomatoes. Serve with your favorite dipper/s; gluten-free corn chips work well. You could snip fresh basil to decorate the top, or drizzle olive oil, or add chopped olives. It’s easy, pretty, and tastes great. CE


    • HP

      Wow! That does sound easy and tasty. I will have to keep that in mind the next time I have a party and need to throw together a quick appetizer. Thanks CE!


  3. Jenny

    ooh! yummy! basil is my favorite herb


  4. Charles

    I could easily live off of caprese salad for the rest of my life! Now it’s been married to prosciutto and their honeymoon is on a sandwich?! Did I die and go to heaven?


  5. i love caprese so freaking much.


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