Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza

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Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza will become your new favorite summer recipe! It’s topped with juicy grilled tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and fresh basil pesto. Slice it into bites for an appetizer or large slices for a seriously delicious meal!

Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza with Balsamic Glaze

Last weekend was Memorial Day weekend, which means the unofficial start of summer!  I don’t know about y’all, but I am SO excited for grilling season and all of the fresh summer produce popping up at the local farmers markets and grocery stores!

One of my favorite salads to eat during the summer is a classic caprese salad. Over the years, I’ve put several of my own twists on the salad, like this Crispy Eggplant Caprese Salad, which is always a show-stopper at dinner parties and this Quinoa Caprese Salad, a healthy side dish I always bring to picnics and BBQs during the summer!

Grilled Tomato Caprese French Bread Pizza Recipe

Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza

Today, I’m turning my favorite salad into a pizza! Grilled tomatoes, smokey mozzarella cheese and fresh basil pesto fill this french bread pizza with all of the flavors of a caprese salad.

Grilled Tomato Caprese French Bread Pizza with Balsamic Reduction

How to Make French Bread Pizza on the Grill

French bread pizza is easy to make on the grill and only takes 15 minutes to prepare! After slicing the french bread in half lengthwise, cover the bread with pesto and mozzarella cheese, then place on the grill. Grill the tomatoes on the side, then place on top of the french bread pizza with fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Easy as that you have a grilled french bread pizza!

Grilled French Bread Pizza with Basil Pesto and Mozzarella

Grilled Heirloom Tomatoes on Non Stick Foil

How do you grill bread?

French bread should be grilled over medium heat for 5-6 minutes.

How do you grill tomatoes?

I grill tomatoes on non-stick foil to keep all of the juicy seeds in the tomatoes without spilling out in between the grill grates. It also makes for an easy clean-up! The tomatoes should be grilled for 5-6 minutes over medium heat.

What is french bread pizza?

A loaf of french bread replaces pizza dough for french bread pizza, then can be topped with any of your favorite pizza toppings.

What goes with french bread pizza?

Crispy Goat Cheese Strawberry Avocado Salad, Pineapple Mango Kale SaladItalian Corn Salad or Caramelized Beet and Feta Cheese Salad are all great options to serve on the side of french bread pizza!

Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza with Heirloom Tomatoes and Balsamic Reduction

Try grilling a variety of different pizzas this summer, like Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza or Three Cheese Jalapeno Ranch & Sausage Pizza!

Don’t forget to pin this easy recipe for later and when you make it, be sure to share a pic on Instagram and tag me @WhitneyBond or use the hashtag #WBRecipes!

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Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza

Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza will become your new favorite summer recipe! It's topped with juicy grilled tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and fresh basil pesto. Slice it into bites for an appetizer or large slices for a seriously delicious meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 slices
Calories 516 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • ½ cup basil pesto
  • 16 oz fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 3 large tomatoes sliced thick
  • 12 basil leaves
  • 4 tsp balsamic reduction

Instructions

  1. Slice the french bread in half lengthwise. Spread ¼ cup of basil pesto on each half and top with the sliced mozzarella.

  2. Place on a grill over medium heat, along with the tomatoes.

  3. Grill both for 4-6 minutes. 

  4. Remove from the grill, place the tomatoes on top of the cheese, along with the basil leaves. 

  5. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

I recommend grilling the tomatoes on non-stick foil.

Grilled Caprese French Bread Pizza will become your new favorite summer recipe! It's topped with juicy grilled tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and fresh basil pesto. Slice it into bites for an appetizer or large slices for a seriously delicious meal! 
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