Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread
This Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread is made with hints of garlic and topped with ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and creamy mozzarella cheese!
Today we’re talkin’ about fresh summer flavors.
Ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and creamy mozzarella cheese. Can you guess where I’m going with this?
One of my favorite dishes that forward to eating every summer are those filled with caprese flavors. The combination of tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella makes my heart skip a beat every single time. Throw in a balsamic drizzle and I’ll happily munch on this food all day long.
Although caprese salads and sandwiches are available year round, they just seem to taste better when the produce is ripe from the summer sun. A
nd that goes along with pretty much all fruits and veggies, right? Strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are just ripe for the pickin’!
Which leads me to this Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread. Fresh bread, toasted with hints of garlic, is topped with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese. It makes for the perfect appetizer, side dish, or late night snack.
And if your a caprese lover like me, then this bread was made for you!
Not only is this Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread full of flavor, but it’s also brimming with pretty pops of color. The age-old saying, “you eat with your eyes” is definitely the case for me. However, the loaded flavor is even better!
The bread is lightly brushed with olive oil and garlic, and then piled with sweet tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
One bite of this crunchy bread and your tastebuds will have a party. This bread is just about the best kind that I’ve ever had. And I’m not just saying that because I made it, pinky swear!
And like most of my recipes, this Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread is so easy to whip up! Whether you’re making this as a side to go along with dinner or want to impress a hungry group, this bread is sure to do to just the trick!
So the next time you’re in the mood for those tasty caprese flavors, why not make this easy Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread? Guaranteed to be the life of the party, you will be making this all year long!
Looking for more caprese recipes? I’ve got you covered!
Toasted Caprese Garlic Bread
- 1 loaf Italian bread, cut in half
- 8 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 tablespoons garlic powder, divided
- 24 ounces fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 4 medium tomatoes, sliced
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar glaze, I found in the vinegar section of my grocery store
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place bread on a large baking pan.
- Drizzle each half with 4 tablespoons olive oil, followed by 2 tablespoons garlic powder. Top each half with Mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until cheese is just melted.
- Remove from oven and top each half with tomato slices, salt, pepper, and basil. Drizzle balsamic glaze over tops of bread. Cut into slices and serve immediately.
Love anything caprese! This garlic bread looks divine, Gayle! Loving the balsamic glaze – so good.
Thanks so much, Jess!
Your post just made me realize that I haven’t had garlic bread in forever! And definitely never garlic bread this good. What have I been eating?! Must try it this way. It’s a total upgrade on the typical garlic bread, too!
I like your thinking, Mir! This garlic bread just got a major upgrade! 🙂
Gayle – What a beautiful bread. I would have never thought to enjoy garlic bread this way, but now it’s all I want. 😀
Thank you, Erin! It’s my new favorite way to eat garlic bread!
Gayle, this caprese garlic bread looks delicious! I would gladly munch on this all day long too! Pinned!
Thanks so much for the caprese love and pin, Rachelle!
Gayle, I love this caprese garlic bread!!!! what a great idea!!! and love eating these in the summer when fresh, ripe tomatoes are everywhere! so fresh! love this!
Thank you, Alice!
I love caprese salads! I could eat one just about everyday, but I’ve never thought to pair it on some garlic toast. Looks delicious!
I could definitely eat caprese salads every day too, Ali! This bread is such a fun twist on the classic dish!
This is the perfect appetizer, Gayle! So colorful and tasty!
Caprese any and EVERYTHING I say. Umm…this garlic bread pretty much has me speechless. Because I’m too buy imagining my mouth full of that entire gorgeous loaf. This looks seriously INSANE, Gayle! Pinned!
Thanks for the caprese love and pin, Sarah! I’m all about anything caprese flavored, too!
Looks delicious, Gayle! I crave anything Caprese flavored at this time of year, and I’m always looking for new ways to use up some of our fresh herbs and tomatoes from the garden. I’ll be serving this as soon as our veggies are ripe! 🙂
Thank you, Blair! Caprese anything is definitely a weekly staple in my household!
Your garlic bread is gorgeous, Gayle! I love caprese anything and totally agree that it tastes better with fresh, summery tomatoes and herbs. And with that balsamic drizzle – so delicious!
Thanks, Kelly! I love caprese anything in the summer!
I swear, I don’t know of anything that tastes as good as caprese… but put it on this garlic bread and you’ve made a meal out of it! How did you make that balsamic glaze? Great recipe!
I totally agree, Heather! The balsamic glaze that I used in this recipe is actually a bottle of glaze that I found at my grocery store! 🙂
This garlic bread looks delicious! I would happily munch on this for lunch.
Thank you, Jen!
This garlic bread looks unreal, Gayle!!! I haven’t had a good garlic bread in what feels like forever!!! 🙂 I love the tomatoes on top and that gorgeous balsamic reduction (I have such a soft pot for balsamic glaze!) Hope your week is off to a great start, pinning!! 🙂
Thanks so much for the kind words and pin, Ceara! Happy Monday! 🙂
You know, I could eat Caprese anything every day and never get tired of it. I love that you made garlic bread out of it, and your photos are just stunning, Gayle! Pinned, of course!
Same with me, Marcie! I love caprese anything. Thanks so much for the kind words and pin!
This has taste-bud party written all over it! You know these are at the top of my favorite flavor list! Well done, Gayle!
Thanks, Annie! Definitely a great party for the taste buds!
Those tomatoes look heavenly and combining cheese + caprese + garlic bread is everyone’s dream come true! 🙂 Pinning!
Thanks for the caprese love and pin, Medha!
Love everything abo this recipe, the ice twist of making it a sandwich, the bright and juicy tomatoes and that balsamic glaze!
Thanks, Katalina! This bread is definitely a fun way to change up a classic caprese salad!
This bread is so beautiful! It has to be the ultimate garlic bread recipe. I love the additions of mozzarella, tomatoes and balsamic too – it’s pure food heaven! I could just eat them all right now!!!
Thanks so much for the sweet words, Harriet Emily!
Love anything Caprese ! This bread looks amazing! Such a great idea, need to make it! I’ve been looking at the fresh basil in my garden and thinking to make Caprese salad, but I’ll try this bread instead!
Oh I would love to have fresh basil, Mira! I hope you love this bread if you try it!
LOVE caprese salad! I have perfected my vegan mozzarella so I’m making this for dinner tonight. Thanks Gayle!
Thanks, Linda! I hope you love this if you try it!
I think caprese needs to be the way of life this summer!! Just love the fresh and easy flavors on this bread 🙂
I totally agree, Zainab! Thanks!
YUM! This looks amazing! So fresh and delicious! Def perfect for this time of year! Thanks Gayle!
I’m all about caprese in the summer, Cailee! Thanks!
This looks amazing Gayle! I need some of this in my life ASAP! Fortunately I have some basil and tomatoes growing in my garden right now 🙂
Thanks, Sam! Sounds like this bread is perfect for you!
this looks so fresh! love this recipe Gayle!
Happy Monday Gayle! what a perfect way to start it off! this looks insanely good! I love fresh tomatoes on bread YUMMM
Thanks, Michele! Happy Monday to you, too! 🙂
Mmm that garlic bread looks awesome!! And I totally love the caprese variation you did – yum!! Pinned 🙂
Thanks for the caprese love and pin, Christina!
This is just BRILLIANT. Love it! Shared! 🙂
This sounds amazing Gayle! And looks like summer! Something about tomatoes, basil and mozza in the summer, you just can’t beat it!
I definitely agree, Stacey! Thanks!
I’m a caprese addict too, Gayle! This is like a cross between grilled cheese and pizza – but with hardly any effort. Can’t really go wrong! 🙂
Yes! It’s one of the best ways to eat caprese, Helen! Thanks!
I agree, fruit taste best when in season and are ripe. You can even tell from the fragrance! PS: capress bread sounds very delicious, Gayle! love the color!
Thanks, Savita! I love the colors and flavors, too!
Bread that makes a statement, yow! It’s gorgeous and I cannot wait to taste the deliciousness! Caprese + bread = heaven 🙂
Thanks for the kind words, Senika!
This is such a fun twist on garlic bread and the colors are stunning!
Pinning! Is it bad that I just want to eat this by itself for dinner tonight? lol I am such a carb lover!
Thanks, Mariah! I did eat this bread for lunch one day, it was just SO good!
This bread is seriously genius! I love how easy it is to whip up too, Gayle. I’d totally eat this entire thing and not even feel guilty haha 😉
Thanks, Danielle! I think the tomatoes qualify this as a “healthier” food…right? 🙂
I love this idea! This recipe looks absolutely incredible! I could probably (definitely) take down all of these!
Caprese makes my heart sing! This bread looks amazing Gayle!
Thank you, Alyssa!
So wish I had this to snack on right now. Genius idea! Love it and pinned it! 😉
Thanks for the sweet words and pin, Cyndi!
This looks like a delicious snack or lunch. I love caprese salads. This looks like a fun way to serve it!!
Sounds like this bread was made for you, Renee! Thanks!
Your pictures are gorgeous Gayle! This Caprese Garlic Bead is perfect for a summer meal!!
Thanks so much for the caprese love, Katie!
What a summery garlic bread! Looks so delicious and filling enough to be a meal by itself!
Oh.My. This caprese garlic bread is EVERYTHING! Fresh summer flavors is right! I am swooning over your combination of caprese salad with crispy, crunchy garlic bread. Stellar! I need this! Thanks for sharing… and for making me very hungry!!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Cheyanne! This is definitely my favorite bread for the summer!
This looks wonderful Gayle! Love caprese salad. Love it even better on toasted garlic bread!
Oh my, this looks amazing. Fresh summer tomatoes are the BEST! I wait all year for caprese EVERYTHING! I’ll definitely have to try this idea with some of my garden tomatoes this summer! 🙂
Yes! I’m in love with garden grown tomatoes. It definitely makes everything better, especially this bread! Thanks for the caprese love, Jess!
You have me drooling over here Gayle! And I even have all the ingredients for these in my house right now! This might be the perfect dish for summer : )
Thanks, Natalie! I’ve made this more than once, it’s just SO good!
Caprese definitely tastes best in the summer! Love this garlic bread – it sounds absolutely fantastic!!
Great minds think alike! I posted a caprese recipe this week too! Go us!
Caprese is the best! Thanks, Shelby!
Gayle I can so see myself having this as my breakfast, lunch & dinner!! Looks so fresh & perfect for this hot weather!
Yes! It definitely makes the perfect meal any time of the day! 🙂
Whoever came up with the idea of caprese is a genius. The flavors are so good and this garlic bad looks like the perfect way to enjoy them!
Oh, my goodness! This bread is absolutely gorgeous looking! I love anything caprese as well. And sun ripened veggies and fruit are way better than anything from the store. Now I need a trip to the farmer’s market stat!!!!
Thank you, Jocelyn!
Love this recipe! I always dice my tomatoes but this way is way better & less messy.
I just made this for a light dinner and we absolutely will be making it again-loved it!!!
Hi Lei! I’m so glad you loved it! It’s a favorite of mine too, especially in the summer. Thanks for letting me know how it turned out!