Caprese Quesadilla

Among the foods that are easy sells in our house, cheese, tomatoes and tortillas all rank high in the top ten. Summer is here and between the juicy heirloom tomatoes now appearing all over our local farmer's market (so sweet they taste like candy) and the aromatic, fresh basil growing like a weed in our garden, that can only mean one thing_ Caprese Quesadillas are going to be in heavy mealtime rotation!

I love a caprese sandwich, which is mozzarella, tomato, basil and just a dash of olive oil, normally on Italian bread. For kids though, caprese sandwiches can be tough to eat because the mozzarella tends to fall out, making the whole sandwich eating thing somewhat frustrating. But that's no reason to deprive your kids of great Caprese. By simply substituting tortillas for the bread and adding a little heat to melt the cheese, you've got the great taste of caprese in an easy-to-hold, kid-friendly format. It's a blend of two great cuisines that come together beautifully.


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Caprese Quesadilla (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 6 mins

nut free


  • 4 Tortillas (I like to use whole wheat or spelt tortillas)
  • 1 Large Tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 4 6 Fresh Basil Leaves, julienned


1. Place one tortilla in a dry pan over medium heat ( I use a cast iron skillet).
2. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese over tortilla and place half (about 4 or 5) tomato slices over cheese.
3. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of cheese over tomato slices followed by half of the julienned basil leaves.
4. Top with another tortilla and heat through, about 3 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted and tortilla is slightly toasted.
5. Repeat for the second quesadilla.
6. Cut into wedges and serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.