Turkey Caprese Panini

This Turkey Caprese Panini is a fresh and delicious sandwich that uses fresh basil, tomato and a killer sauce!

It’s warming up, the sun is shining and I can’t wait to get out and get into my garden!

Ok, I don’t really have a garden, but I want one. I just have a horrible habit of killing every plant I try to grow.

But when it comes to making panini’s, I am an expert! There is nothing more tasty than a crispy bread and oozy cheese sandwich. And if you like the flavor combination of a caprese salad, you’ll love this panini.

It’s filled with fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. But what I think really makes this sandwich is my balsamic aioli. It’s simply delightful and gives this sandwich that sweet but creamy twang that only balsamic vinegar can bring.

{please ignore the fact that without spell check I am completely horrendous at spelling}
Panini’s are real easy to make, and you don’t need a special panini press to achieve the end result. I use my George Foreman grill! Bet you forgot about that little gem huh!?
I think everyone has one of those stashed away somewhere. If not, you can use a grill pan, and a heavy pot and place it on top of the sandwich to press it down, making sure to flip it half way.


What’s even better is the fact that I simply refuse to use butter or oil on the outsides of my bread. It crisps up just as nice but without any extra calories.
And speaking of bread, I found this wonderful roasted garlic loaf at my local bakery. For panini’s you want to try and use a more sturdy bread, like sourdough, rye, or Italian. But to be completely honest, I’ve used plain old wheat bread when I’m in a pinch.


So when your garden is ready to harvest, or on your next trip to the store, be sure to try out this fresh and tasty panini!

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Turkey Caprese Panini

These Turkey Caprese Paninis are protein packed and delicious on a cold day or any day really.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 452 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 4 slices Artisan bread, roasted garlic, sourdough, or ciabatta etc.
  • 2 tbsp Mayo with olive oil, reduced fat
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 vine ripe tomato- sliced
  • 3-4 leaves of fresh basil
  • 3-4 slices of fresh mozzarella
  • 6 slices of deli fresh turkey


  • Heat up your panini press or George Foreman grill.
  • Combine mayo and balsamic vinegar in a small dish and whisk until combined and smooth. Spread on each slice of bread. Divide the remaining ingredients between the two sandwiches, top with remaining slice of bread. Place dry sides of bread down on panini press and close. Cook until the cheese is melted and the outside is nice and crispy. Enjoy!


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 303mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: balsamic vinegar, mayo, mozzarella cheese, Sandwich, tomato, Turkey
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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  2. bakingserendipity

    I make paninis on my George Foreman too! This one looks seriously fantastic 🙂 I love simple go-to weeknight sandwiches.

  3. April

    These look heavenly, I am ready for lunch right now! And I LOVE aiolis, I am going to have to try the balsamic one-my personal fav is garlic and basil 🙂
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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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