You probably know Caprese salad -- the classic Italian antipasti of sliced tomatoes layered with sliced mozzarella and basil, then drizzled with olive oil. It's a delicious and refreshing salad that's especially perfect during the summer when tomatoes are at their seasonal best. Not that Caprese salad is boring, but sometimes you want something more. Since the combination of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil is so good, why not use it in other recipes? We've got 16 great ideas from food bloggers across the web. Think of Caprese-style panini, burgers, skewers, pasta and more.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aromaticdelights.com/caprese-salad/" target="_hplink">Caprese Salad recipe from Aromatic Delights</a></strong> You'll typically see the classic Caprese salad laid out onto a platter. This recipe, however, takes it and stacks the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil into a tower.
Caprese Sandwich With Pepperoni
<strong>Get the <a href="http://spinachtiger.com/caprese-sandwich-with-margherita-pepperoni/" target="_hplink">Caprese Sandwich with Pepperoni recipe from Spinach Tiger</a></strong> This version of the Caprese salad makes it onto slices of toasted bread with fried pepperoni to create one amazingly flavorful sandwich.
Baked Caprese Rigatoni
<strong>Get the <a href="http://pinchofyum.com/baked-caprese-rigatoni" target="_hplink">Baked Caprese Rigatoni recipe from Pinch of Yum</a></strong> This comforting pasta bake combines fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. It all bakes in the oven until the cheese is thoroughly melted.
Caprese Pasta Salad
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.motherthyme.com/2012/07/caprese-pasta-salad.html" target="_hplink">Caprese Pasta Salad recipe from Mother Thyme</a></strong> This simple pasta salad starts with cooked penne and includes all the classic ingredients of a Caprese: mozzarella, fresh tomato, basil, oil and vinegar. A bit of minced garlic adds a nice zing.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2011/07/caprese-burger.html" target="_hplink">Caprese Burger recipe from The Parsley Thief</a></strong> This unique burger recipe has everything going for it. It's made on a ciabatta roll and includes basil mayo, mozzarella, tomato slices and pickled tomatoes for a bit of tang.
Caprese-Style Grilled Pizza
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gastronomersguide.com/2011/08/grilled-pizzas-with-pesto-tomatoes-and.html" target="_hplink">Caprese-Style Grilled Pizza recipe from the Gastronomer's Guide</a></strong> This grilled pizza recipe takes on the classic Caprese salad as its toppings. Instead of sauce, basil pesto is used. Garnish with fresh basil before serving.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://steamykitchen.com/12707-chicken-caprese-recipe.html" target="_hplink">Chicken Caprese recipe from Steamy Kitchen</a></strong> Slices of tomato and mozzarella broil on top of chicken to create a flavorful Caprese-style dish. Serve with basil once it's cooked. This recipe uses chicken but you can also apply the recipe to any form of protein.
Roasted Tomato Grilled Caprese Grilled Cheese
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/05/roasted-tomato-caprese-grilled-cheese/" target="_hplink">Roasted Tomato Caprese Grilled Cheese recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong> Roasting the tomato slices for this Caprese-influenced grilled cheese concentrates its flavors. What you're left with is a melty and flavorful sandwich that will hit the spot.
Caprese Salad With Bocconcini
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.lacuisinehelene.com/2012/07/caprese-salad-with-tre-stelle-bocconcini.html" target="_hplink">Caprese Salad with Bocconcini recipe from La Cuisine d'Helene</a></strong> This classic Caprese salad is smaller in size -- that's because it uses small tomatoes and bocconcini mozzarella. Serve with crushed red pepper flakes on the side for anyone who wants some heat.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://magda-whatsfordinner.blogspot.com/2012/07/tomatoes-gone-wild.html" target="_hplink">Caprese Bruschetta from What's for Dinner?</a></strong> This bruschetta or open-faced sandwich has the toppings of a Caprese but it's warm and melted. It's perfect for a snack any time of day.
Caprese Couscous Salad In Tomato Cups
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bakeyourday.net/caprese-couscous-salad-in-tomato-cups/" target="_hplink">Caprese Couscous Salad in Tomato Cups recipe from Bake Your Day</a></strong> Beefsteak tomatoes are hollowed out and used as cups for a filling of couscous, mozzarella, basil and cherry tomatoes. Serve as an appetizer or side dish.
Caprese Burger: Heirloom Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.savoringthethyme.com/2012/07/the-caprese-burger-heirloom-tomato-mozzarella-basil-on-a-hamburger-bun/" target="_hplink">Caprese Burger: Heirloom Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil recipe from Savoring the Thyme</a></strong> There is no actual meat patty in this burger -- instead the tomato is grilled and served on a hamburger bun with mozzarella and basil.
Grilled Caprese Over Pasta
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.amyscookingadventures.com/2012/07/grilled-caprese-over-pasta.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Caprese Over Pasta recipe from Amy's Cooking Adventures</a></strong> Grilled tomatoes, sprinkled with cheese create the topping for this flavorful pasta dish. Garnish with fresh basil to serve.
Caprese Salad Skewers
<strong>Get the <a href="http://somewheresplendid.com/2012/07/18/salad-recipe-caprese-salad-skewers-with-balsamic-reduction-drizzle/" target="_hplink">Caprese Salad Skewers with Balsamic Reduction Drizzle recipe from Somewhere Splendid</a></strong> Put your Caprese salad on sticks to make this unique appetizer. The recipe uses cherry tomatoes and cherry-size mozzarella balls. Drizzle it with syrupy reduced balsamic vinegar.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.lifetasteslikefood.com/2011/06/26/caprese-panini/" target="_hplink">Caprese Panini recipe from Life Tastes Like Food</a></strong> A grilled sandwich is something to savor -- and this Caprese version is definitely one to enjoy with melted mozzarella cheese, tomato and basil between two slices of crisp bread.
Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad
<strong>Get the <a href="http://thekitchykitchen.blogspot.com/2012/04/three-salads-one-vinaigrette-from-food.html" target="_hplink">Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad recipe from The Kitchy Kitchen</a></strong> This pasta salad has all the flavors of Caprese and then some. With toasted pine nuts and a basil-balsamic vinaigrette, it's pungent and flavorful.
WATCH: How To Make Caprese
Personal Chef Erin Tripp shows you how to make caprese in two different styles, as part of the expert series by GeoBeats.