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Pesto Caprese Tartines 05:35

Gaby Dalkin

"One of my favorite go-to lunches at basically any time of the year."

Pesto Caprese Tartines 05:35

Gaby Dalkin

"One of my favorite go-to lunches at basically any time of the year."

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Serving Size

The Steps

  1. 1. Use a serrated knife to slice the French bread into four thin slices. Set aside. 00:15

  2. 2. To make the pesto: Add the walnuts, salt, black pepper, garlic, and olive oil to a blender and purée until smooth. 00:44

  3. 3. Rinse the basil and gently shake off most of the water. Twist the base of the leaves to remove them from the stems. Discard the stems and place the leaves into the blender with the walnut mixture. Blend until smooth and bright green. 01:40

  4. 4. Add more basil using the same steps as above, if necessary. Blend until fully incorporated. 02:25

  5. 5. Toast the bread in a toaster or in the oven if serving a group. Toast until golden brown. 03:22

  6. 6. To assemble: While the bread is still warm, spread about two tablespoons of pesto on each slice of bread. Scatter the halved cherry tomatoes on top of the pesto. Place the mozzarella balls in between the tomato halves. Season with freshly cracked black pepper and kosher salt. Cut the tartine in half and serve. 04:30

What You'll Need


- Blender or food processor
- Serrated knife
- Chef's knife 
- Toaster
- Butter knife
- Cutting board 


- French bread (1 loaf)
- Walnuts (1/2 cup)
- Garlic (2 cloves)
- Olive oil (3/4 cup)
- Basil, fresh (1 large bunch)
- Cherry tomatoes (1 cup, halved)
- Mozzarella cheese balls, small (1 cup)
- Kosher salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste

Chef Notes

Traditional caprese is a simple salad consisting of mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil. The dish was made to reflect the colors of the Italian flag.

Pesto is an Italian sauce that is traditionally made with garlic, basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. Variations of pesto include using different herbs such as parsley and cilantro, and using different nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and pistachios.

To learn how to make mozzarella from scratch, visit Chef Roberto Caporuscio's "How to Make Fresh Mozzarella" tutorial located on the page below.


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Chef Gaby Dalkin

Los Angeles

Gaby Dalkin is a trained chef who runs the food and lifestyle blog "What’s Gaby Cooking." It features fresh, contemporary Cal... read more