A mouth-watering open-faced sandwich made with homemade cashew mozzarella. This Vegan Caprese Tartine is fresh, satisfying, and incredibly easy to make!
An Easy Open-Faced Sandwich
We will never forget the first tartine we had. We were in Paris at a small cafe. Our food came and… oops, we somehow managed to order an open-face sandwich with ham!
Clearly something was lost in translation and then we had to look like tourists and admit our mistake. However, when we make our own tartine, we never have to worry about such a misstep and this plant-based caprese tartine is indulgent and easy!
Toasted sourdough bread is topped with fresh vegan mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, bright basil, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. This homemade sandwich is bound to rival anything that can be purchased in the ‘The City of Lights’ and you will definitely breathe easy knowing exactly what it is topped with!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Bread – Sourdough bread in the style of the Tartine Bakery in San Francisco is ideal but any sourdough can be used.
- Vegan Mozzarella – Try this homemade recipe for Vegan Fresh Mozzarella, or you can use store-bought if you need to save time.
- Tomato – We like to use beefsteak tomatoes but any firm tomato that gives a little when squeezed will work. Additionally, they are best in late summer when they are freshest.
- Fresh Basil – This fresh herb adds a pop of brightness that is savory and sweet.
- Olive Oil – Brushing a little olive oil on your bread before toasting, ensures that it will brown beautifully. In addition, you can drizzle a little extra olive oil over the sandwich, if desired.
- Balsamic Vinegar – This optional ingredient adds tanginess to your sandwich. Traditionally, Caprese Salads don’t include balsamic vinegar but for this sandwich with sourdough bread, it adds moisture and complexity.
FAQ & Vegan Caprese Tartine Tips:
Where did the Caprese Salad originate?
- This quintessential salad was invented in Italy in the Isle of Capri, hence the name. It was made to honor Italy with the colors of the flag and is also often referred to as the “Insalata Tricolore,” meaning “Three Colored Salad.”
What is tartine style bread?
- Sourdough bread with a thick, burnished crust with a soft and pillowy interior. Tartine Bakery in San Francisco has become synonymous with this speciality bread. If you are lucky enough to live there, they should be your go-to or look for a sourdough that is labeled as San Francisco style or even try making your own!
What is the best method for slicing the vegan mozzarella?
- We suggest placing the cashew mozzarella in the freezer prior to toasting the bread. When you are ready for it, it will be nice and cold which makes it easier to slice. Also, be sure to use an extra sharp knife so it doesn’t pull the “cheese” when slicing.
- To cut down on preparation, make the vegan fresh mozzarella in advance. It can easily be made a day or two ahead. Additionally, you will most likely have extra, so we suggest using it for salads, Vegan Mozzarella Eggplant Napoleon, or other sandwiches.
Mix It Up.
- Not the biggest fan of balsamic vinegar? Then we recommend reducing the vinegar into a balsamic reduction. It will be thicker, easier to drizzle, and have a touch of sweetness. Also, it can be left off all together, simply replace it with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
A Late Summer Delicacy
This easy sandwich explodes with the flavors of ripe tomato, salty “cheese,” and above all, freshness. There is nothing better than enjoying this vegan tartine while delicate vegetables are still available. It’s simplicity at its finest! Enjoy!
Finally, if you have made this Caprese Tartine recipe, we would love to hear what you think! Please comment down below and be sure to rate the recipe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks so much!
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An easy open-faced sandwich with French and Italian influences. This Vegan Caprese Tartine includes fresh “mozzarella”, tomato, and basil on toasted sourdough bread.
- 8 Slices Bread (Sliced thin)
- 2 tsp Olive Oil
- 8 oz. Vegan Fresh Mozzarella
- 2 Medium Tomatoes (sliced thin)
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil
- 2 Tbsp Balsamic Reduction (optional)
- Preheat the broiler if using. Prepare all of the produce as directed above.
- Place the sliced bread on a baking sheet and brush a small amount of olive oil on one side.
- Place the baking sheet under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye over it to insure it does not burn.
- Place 1-2 slices of “cheese” on each piece of toasted bread.
- Next place sliced tomato on top of the vegan mozzarella followed by a few basil leaves.
- Drizzle balsamic vinegar over each tartine (optional). Season with salt and pepper, if desired and enjoy!
- Leftover vegan mozzarella cheese can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.
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