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Toasted Open Face Caprese Sandwiches with Avocado

Toasted Open Face Caprese Sandwiches with Avocado could be the perfect simple vegetarian meal for your next Meatless Monday, pairing well with either a cup of soup or a side salad for a complete comfort food dinner.

toasted open face caprese sandwiches with avocado

Welcome back to what we ate on Meatless Monday… but tend to tell you about on Tuesday! This simple 30 minute vegetarian comfort food recipe takes advantage of the marinated mozzarella braids, avocados, and Roma tomatoes on sale this week at ALDI, transforming this fortuitous triple threat combo into Toasted Open Face Caprese Sandwiches with Avocado.

Open faced Caprese sandwiches are perfectly filling as part of a soup-and-sandwich or salad-and-sandwich dinner.

caprese sandwiches

I just love this marinated fresh mozzarella, so am always sure to grab one every time these roll around as a limited time special buy at ALDI. Marinated mozzarella is good on its own, with crackers, or really to kick anything Caprese up an extra notch. If you don’t have marinated mozzarella on hand, though, you can substitute plain fresh mozzarella in this recipe and add a little crushed red pepper and garlic to the mashed avocado spread to compensate for the missing seasonings.

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Toasted Open Face Caprese Sandwiches with Avocado

tomatoes and cheese

Ingredients

6 ciabatta rolls, halved lengthwise
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
Sea salt, to taste
1 avocado, mashed
8 oz marinated mozzarella, sliced
3-4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
Dried basil, to taste
Balsamic vinegar, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the ciabatta rolls and arrange them sliced side up on a rimmed baking sheet.

Mix together olive oil, garlic, and sea salt. Brush the cut side of each roll with the olive oil mixture, then toast at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.

While rolls are toasting, slice the tomatoes and cheese, and mash the avocado.

rolls with avocado

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn off the oven. Spread each roll thinly with mashed avocado.

top rolls with cheese and tomatoes

Top each open faced sandwich with cheese and a couple of tomato slices.

broiled cheese and tomatoes

Return the baking sheet to the oven and broil on high for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is browned.

Sprinkle on a little dried basil, drizzle sandwiches with a touch of balsamic vinegar, and serve.

Note: If you don’t have marinated mozzarella, you can substitute plain fresh mozzarella — but you might want to season the mashed avocado with a little crushed red pepper & garlic, in order to compensate for the missing seasonings.

Toasted Caprese Sandwiches are all the things

open faced caprese sandwiches with avocado

Hearty ciabatta rolls provide the perfect backdrop for these Caprese sandwiches, providing a chewy blank canvas to let the smooth avocado, juicy tomato, and marinated mozzarella shine through. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, letting the individual flavors of a few quality ingredients stand out. Enjoy! We surely did. 🙂

Looking for a quicker use for the mozzarella braid?

mozzarella tomato and bread

If it’s too hot to use the oven, check out my favorite no-cook light lunch for a heat-free alternative!

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Toasted Open Face Caprese Sandwiches with Avocado

Toasted Open Face Caprese Sandwiches with Avocado could be the perfect simple vegetarian meal for your next Meatless Monday, pairing well with either a cup of soup or a side salad for a complete comfort food dinner.
Keyword caprese sandwiches, meatless monday, open face sandwiches, vegetarian
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 6 ciabatta rolls halved lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic about 2 cloves
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 avocado mashed
  • 8 oz marinated mozzarella sliced
  • 3-4 Roma tomatoes sliced
  • Dried basil to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the ciabatta rolls and arrange them sliced side up on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Mix together olive oil, garlic, and sea salt. Brush the cut side of each roll with the olive oil mixture, then toast at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.
  • While rolls are toasting, slice the tomatoes and cheese, and mash the avocado.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn off the oven. Spread each roll thinly with mashed avocado.
  • Top each open faced sandwich with cheese and a couple of tomato slices.
  • Return the baking sheet to the oven and broil on high for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is browned.
  • Sprinkle on a little dried basil, drizzle sandwiches with a touch of balsamic vinegar, and serve.

Notes

If you don’t have marinated mozzarella, you can substitute plain fresh mozzarella — but you might want to season the mashed avocado with a little crushed red pepper & garlic, in order to compensate for the missing seasonings.

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Saturday 13th of July 2019

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Jolena

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

These were so delicious! My husband agreed, these will be in our regular rotation!

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