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Tara's Tomato and Mozzarella Panini Melt

Tara's Tomato and Mozzarella Panini Melt


  • 6 slices whole-wheat or Ezekiel grain bread, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 large (or 2 small) vine-ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 loosely packed cup basil leaves
  • Balsamic vinegar


  1. Lightly brush both sides of bread with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and toast in a medium nonstick pan over medium heat for approximately 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  2. On a clean work surface, top 3 bread slices each with 2 tomato slices, 2 slices mozzarella, and a few basil leaves. Drizzle on balsamic vinegar to taste, and top with remaining bread slices.
  3. In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon olive oil, and place assembled sandwiches in the pan. To make a homemade panini press, place another saute pan on top of sandwiches, add a few heavy cans on top, and press down. Cook for approximately 2 to 3 minutes, flip, and repeat.


  • Recipe adapted from The Bikini Body Diet by Tara Kraft. Copyright Zinczenko/AMI Ventures, 2013.


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