While in Italy this past April, I ate Caprese salad several times. I love, love, love it! And since I’ve been home I have made it for lunch A LOT! I just can’t seem to get enough of it. The last time I decided to put a little spin on the traditional caprese salad and came up with this Caprese Salad Stack. OMG, it’s the best!
I sliced a couple thick slices from a crusty baguette and brushed them with a little olive oil, then grilled the slices on my grill pan to get them toasted. I suppose you could put them in the oven to toast them as well. I just have a thing for grill marks. I know, you can’t see them in the final product, but I know they’re there! Next, I spread a little bit of my favorite pesto on top of the bread. Sure, you could use store bought pesto if you’d like. But homemade is soooo much better. Then I topped the bread with a slice of a really delicious tomato I got from the local farmers market, along with fresh buffalo mozzarella, and basil. That in itself is fantastic, but I really love this balsamic glaze I have so I drizzled that over the top and finished with a sprinkle of pine nuts.
Not only is this Caprese Salad Stack perfect for a light lunch, but imagine how awesome it would be at your next gathering served as an appetizer. You’re guests will think you’re a genius for coming up with such a creative and delicious nibble!