Caprese Pesto Crostini

5 from 14 votes

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Perfect party food appetizers packed full of bright and fresh flavors!

Caprese Pesto Crostini are fun party finger food.  Crostini bread slices are topped with fresh basil pesto and a mixture of marinated cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

A wood board full of Caprese Pesto Crostini pieces

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I made these Caprese Pesto Crostini when some friends were over and they disappeared in just minutes!  Not only are they just adorable, but the pesto is a bold, strong flavor that we love.

Tomato, mozzarella cheese, and pesto bread slices

Crostini are perfect for holiday parties and gatherings.  Not only are they a fantastic finger food and easy to eat, but the topping possibilities are endless!  Find all of our crostini recipes here! 

And everyone sure seems to love pesto recipes with how many of them are constantly in our top 10 every day! These Caprese Pesto Crostini are packed full of flavor.

A hand holding a Caprese Pesto Crostini

Basil pesto is one of my favorite things.  I fell in love with pesto when I was living in Italy for college. 

The best Italian food is simple and fresh flavors, exactly like pesto.  Pesto is so incredibly fast and easy to make that it makes a regular appearance during the week. 

Jarred pesto will still work beautifully here, but I recommend making it yourself when you can.

Pesto is made with fresh, bright flavors and is perfect with pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, and more!  I also love to just dip bread in it.  Get our recipe for Basil Pesto here!

Caprese Pesto Crostini on a wood board

Caprese is typically something you see as a salad at a restaurant.  It is served as slices of juicy, ripe tomatoes, sliced fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves. 

Those same fresh flavors can be transformed and used in so many ways!  My mom is a big fan of caprese so I have been using these ingredients in a lot of recipe ideas.  Find our caprese recipe collection here!

Caprese Pesto Crostini surrounded by basil

Aren’t these vegetarian Caprese Pesto Crostini beautiful? The bright colors of red, green, and white stick out and are visually catching.  Just what you want for a holiday or party! 

And these crostini would be amazing with a little balsamic glaze drizzled on top as well.  Get the recipe for balsamic glaze here!

Caprese Recipes

Everyone sure loves our caprese recipes! Find more ideas that use these flavors!

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Caprese Pesto Crostini

Perfect party food appetizers packed full of bright and fresh flavors!
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Christmas, Game Day, Holiday, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 36 crostini
Calories: 76kcal



  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Place in a small bowl with the pearlini mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil and add the dried basil. Stir to combine and set aside to marinate.
  • Cut the baguette into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Bake them as per instructions for How to Make Crostini at the bottom of this recipe.
  • While the crostini are cooking, make the pesto if it is not already done. Set aside.
  • Let the crostini cool before topping so that the sauce does not melt into the bread.
  • Spread 1-2 Tablespoons of pesto on top of each slice (the amount will vary depending on the shape and size of the bread). Add some of the marinated tomatoes and mozzarella to cover most of the top. Repeat with all bread slices.
  • Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese, leftover chopped fresh basil, or balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.


Learn how to make crostini here!
Get our recipe for Basil Pesto here!
You can use any tomatoes and cut into bite sized pieces.
These would be great with a drizzle of balsamic glaze on top! Get the recipe for balsamic glaze here!
To ensure a truly vegetarian dish, use vegetarian cheeses.


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
By on September 5th, 2018

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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9 thoughts on “Caprese Pesto Crostini”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing…so simple but perfect! I don’t get to entertain during Covid but I’ve taken it 3 times to friends’ porches to visit 6 ft away and am making it tonight on zoom with my son across the country! They are vegan so I’ll ask how it is with fake cheese!
    I absolutely love this as do all my friends! Thanks!
    The one thing I’ve done is not cook the bread quite so long. Otherwise, it’s perfect!

    • Hi Jayna,
      I am SO glad you love it! And your porch parties and Zoom parties sound like so much fun! I am so happy this recipe brings you all together 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Me and my husbend love making this to snack on busy days and I make a batch for work and my staff loves it. great hit on the food table at parties too


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