Grilled Open-Faced Avocado Caprese Sammies Recipe

Meghan Yager | Cake 'n Knife

Grilled Open-Faced Avocado Caprese Sammies are my go-to option for whenever I’m craving a caprese salad, a grilled cheese sandwich, and/or avocado toast. Grilled bread is topped with bright cherry tomatoes, little balls of cheese, fresh basil, avocado, and my favorite simple balsamic glaze. Eat it as a snack, or for a light lunch or even savory breakfast!

I am sure it’s no surprise that I freaking LOVE avocado toast.

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After all, I am the avocado fanatic over here. If I didn’t love it, I’m pretty sure it would be a crime against my nature.

Normally, I make it pretty simple. A thin slice of toast topped with avocado, lime juice, salt, pepper, and hot sauce.

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Eating this day after day is delightful, but sometimes I want something even heartier.

Enter this grilled open-faced vegetarian sammie.

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The combination of avocado and toast is still here, but it’s elevated to a whole new level. Grilling bread is something I love to do in the summer, but lately I’ve been getting into year-round grilling.

It brings so much more flavor to foods and when you are trying to keep things a little lighter in the year, this really amps up the excitement.

This recipe features all the benefits of a grilled cheese, caprese salad, and avocado toast. You’ve got the grilled cheese element from the bread that you throw directly on the grill and the melted gooey cheese.

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The caprese elements are covered with the tomato, basil, balsamic glaze, and (obviously) the cheese. Finally, all this gets that fatty, rich avocado on top with a touch of spice from a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

It’s an insanely good combination that shakes up the ordinary routine, whether you are obsessed with caprese or avocado toast.

So even if you are actually trying to keep on a healthy track this week, you can embrace this recipe. Heck, even if you just want something to indulge in and you don’t give an F about diets, this is still something that should be hitting your taste buds.

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Grilled Open-Faced Avocado Caprese Sammies Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 8 slices Bread, 1/2" thick (I like to use Brioche)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 9 ounces Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Fresh Mozzarella Bocconcini, (also known as baby mozzarella balls - about 6 ounces)
  • 2 Avocados, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
For the Balsamic Glaze:
  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper


  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat, about 375˚F.
  2. In a small saucepan, stir together balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, bringing the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer on medium low heat. Cook until the vinegar is reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in black pepper. Cover and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together olive oil and garlic powder until combined.
  4. Brush both sides of the bread slices with garlic olive oil.
  5. Once hot, add bread to the grill, toasting on one side, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat to a baking sheet, toasted side up.
  6. Add 2 to 3 basil leaves to each slice of bread (you will have some extra leftover, set that aside for later). Top with tomato halves and mozzarella.
  7. Carefully add slices of bread back to the grill, grilling until cheese is melted, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from grill. Top with avocado slices and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  9. Chop remaining basil leaves and sprinkle on top. Serve immediately.



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Author: Meghan Yager
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 256
Calories 514

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 54mg
Total Carbohydrate 48g
  Dietary Fiber 7g
  Sugars 10g
Protein 14g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Meghan Yager

About Meghan

Meghan is a girl that's passionate about food - straightforward food that anyone can love. It's what you'll find on her blog, Cake n' Knife. There's not much food more straightforwardly delicious than an avocado, that's why Meghan is our avocado fanatic.

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