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26 Caprese-Inspired Recipes

When you've got tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, thinking outside the box is easy.
07/31/2012 09:04am ET | Updated July 9, 2014

Nothing says summer like a Caprese salad -- the classic Italian antipasti of sliced tomatoes layered with mozzarella and basil, then drizzled with olive oil. It's a delicious and refreshing salad that's especially perfect in the summertime when tomatoes are at their best.

If you love Caprese salads like we do, you're going to be eating so many this summer that you might want to experiment a little. Tomatoes, basil and mozzarella go well with pretty much everything, which means there are countless ways besides salad to eat them. Here are 26 great twists on the classic.

1
Caprese Grilled Cheese with Arugula Pesto
Feasting At Home
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2
Caramelized Peach Caprese Salad With Smoked Sea Salt
How Sweet It Is
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3
Mini Caprese Bites
Zoom Yummy
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4
Caprese Burger
The Parsley Thief
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5
Avocado Caprese Salad
Foodie Crush
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6
Baked Caprese Rigatoni
Pinch of Yum
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7
Caprese-Style Grilled Pizza
Gastronomer's Guide
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8
Fried Caprese Salad
bell'allimento
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9
Chicken Caprese
Steamy Kitchen
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10
Roasted Tomato Grilled Caprese Grilled Cheese
How Sweet It Is
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11
Caprese Mac and Cheese
Macheesmo
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12
Caprese Salad With Bocconcini
La Cuisine d'Helene
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13
Caprese Burger: Heirloom Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil
Savoring The Thyme
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14
Fried Mozzarella, Basil and Nectarine Stacks with Balsamic Glaze
Half Baked Harvest
15
Caprese Panini
Life Tastes Like Food
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16
Honey Grilled Watermelon Caprese Salads
How Sweet It Is
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17
Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad
The Kitchy Kitchen
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18
Caprese Sandwich With Pepperoni
Spinach Tiger
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19
Caprese Panzanella
A Spicy Perspective
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20
Caprese Garlic Bread
Two Peas and Their Pod
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21
Eggplant and Tomato Napoleons
Inspired Taste
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22
Watermelon Feta Caprese Bites
Bev Cooks
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23
Stacked Caprese Salad
Aromatic Delights
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24
A Super Summery Pasta
Alexandra Cooks
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25
Chicken Caprese Salad
Macheesmo
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26
Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, and Garlic Oil
Dinner Was Delicious
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