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Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

I finally found some heirloom tomatoes!

YA! I am literally jumping for joy over this.

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

All last summer I looked and looked and looked some more, but not once could I find any of these pretty tomatoes.

But the other day, there they were! I bought like all of them and then proceeded to come home and eat them like apples. Because I am weird and find fruits to be one of the best foods ever. During the summer months I pretty much exist on fresh fruit and veggies. It’s the best if you ask me.

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

I knew that I had to use these tomatoes in a way that would highlight their deliciousness in the best way possible. And to me that screams, “keep it super simple”.

No cooking them, or adding tons of spices or anything like that. Nope, I went classic… with a little twist because burrata cheese is mozzarella’s creamy cousin and well, you can never go wrong with adding avocados. Especially when grilling is involved.

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

Everything about this is simple.

You need a loaf of really good crusty bread, fresh burrata cheese, fresh basil, avocados, tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. If you are feeling a little crazy, make the balsamic drizzle. The toast doesn’t NEED the drizzle, but I will say, caprese anything never feels complete without a little balsamic.

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

Now let’s talk about grilling bread.

Have you done it? If you haven’t, you must. It’s better than the toaster, better than the oven and something I will surely be doing all summer long. I discovered the beauty of grilled toast last summer when I made these caprese nachos (I obviously love caprese). There is so much flavor added from the grill and the way the bread gets all crispy is to die for.

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

You really have to try it.

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

You know what I was thinking?

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

Growing up I never knew what a caprese salad was. Salads to me were pretty much iceberg lettuce, some carrots and ranch. And really, that never happened very much. I think that having all boys in the house helped contribute to the “winner, winner chicken dinners” – like every night.

Although, I do have to say that  growing up my dad would have salad almost every single night for dinner. He’d make us our chicken and rice and then make himself a giant salad. I never thought much of it then, but now I totally get it. A little veggies needed if you ask me.

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

Now that I do all cooking salads are a much more prominent factor in our diets.

Just tryin to keep us all healthy, you know?

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

I know that toast is not technically supposed to be dinner or really even lunch, but you can’t help but fill up on these.

They are that good.

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

Sorry if my head is all over the place today, too many thoughts or maybe may not enough…. I don’t know, I can’t figure it out, but I am happy it’s Thursday.

And sharing this toast. Of course!

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados |

Grilled Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese + Grilled Avocados.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 399 kcal

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  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or ciabatta bread sliced, or use a gluten free loaf if needed
  • 2 large ripe but firm avocados, peeled, pitted + sliced
  • slices olive oil enough to drizzle over bread and avocados
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces burrata cheese or use fresh sliced mozzarella
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 4-6 heirloom tomatoes sliced

Balsamic Drizzle


Balsamic Drizzle

  • Add vinegar and brown sugar, if using, to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a very low simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until liquid reduces by about half and is slightly syrupy. Remove from heat, pour vinegar in a bowl or glass to pour, and set aside to cool and thicken.


  • Preheat your grill to high heat or preheat your oven to 450° degrees F.
  • Place the slices of bread of bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil on both sides. Rub each side of bread with the halved garlic clove. Sprinkle the toast with salt and pepper.
  • Place the avocado slices on a plate and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place the bread slices and avocados on the grill and grill both for about 2-3 minutes per side or until lightly chard. Remove from the grill.
  • Cut into the burrata and divide it among the toast. Top the burrata with fresh basil and then add the grilled avocado slices. Now add the tomato slices and drizzle everything with just a little more olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve with the balsamic.

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And these incredible tomatoes!

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  1. Bellissimo!!!! Can’t wait to try this!!! I have everything except the basil-ugh!!! Wish I did though! Do you think I could substitute rucola or some other lettuce for it? Thanks so much for posting!!!

  2. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog from Pinterest and it’s awesome! Dying over this recipe – making it this week!

  3. I’m sorry. Were your thoughts all over the place? I’m too busy stuffing these in my face to notice.

  4. Looks so freaking good. Can’t wait to find heirloom tomatoes at the market soon!!

    1. Thanks Laura!! I was so shocked to see them, but apparently they come into season late spring!

  5. Beautiful photos and so many different colours of tomato to try! We are lucky to have an almost year round supply of great tomatoes here (if you look for them) so I will have to hunt some down in this autumn weather and recapture the summer spirit!

    1. Thanks so much, Amy! It is so weird to think you guys are heading into fall. I am all summer mode!

  6. Gorgeous photos. This recipes screams summer and I cannot wait for heirlooms to arrive at the farmer’s market. This is going to be the first thing I make!!!

    1. Thanks Laura!! So happy you like the photos and yes, these toast could be eaten every single day. So good. 🙂

  7. That’s too bad heirloom tomatoes aren’t readily available there. Have you tried ordering seeds and growing your own? Caprese salad is one of my all time fav snacks. You took this to the next level and made it a drool worthy meal! Off to fire up the grill!

    1. Not much grows where I live since it freezes overnight pretty much through the summer. You can do it, but it is hard.

      Thanks so much, Gwen!

  8. Yum! Heirloom tomatoes are the absolute best. And I can’t think of a much tastier way to use them than this. I love the action shot photo of the balsamic drizzle. = )

  9. Ugh!! I have yet to see a tomato that looks delicious yet! These look so good!
    I might leave everything combined on the grill for about 30 seconds to let it all melt together. And now my mouth is watering!

  10. This looks beyond fantastic! Nothing beats a perfectly ripe tomato! Also, burratta cheese might be my favorite thing on the planet…it’s just so perfectly creamy and oozy!

  11. Oh my GOSH!! This looks amazing! The tomatoes are gorgeous, the avocado, the cheese..gahh!! I want it all..I love appetizer-sized toasts, but these look like the perfect size for a hearty lunch or a light dinner. Can’t wait to try grilling my bread this summer! Why haven’t I thought of that before?? Pinned!

  12. This is an awesome twist on traditional caprese. I haven’t seen any heirlooms yet but I’m going hunting today. Balsamic drizzle is the best I can’t imagine caprese with out it.. I feel like I live on caprese and panzanella salad all summer long.

  13. Still no sight of heirloom tomatoes in my grocery store….but they’re cooooming! Totally trying this ASAP!

  14. These are just stunning! I just see myself making these for Father’s Day (Good for dad and good for us, win win!)

    Love the balsamic vinegar on top. Gives the perfect kick!!!

    And you should grow your own heirloom tomatoes, so easy to grow and fun to pick! And unfortunately, tomatoes are really really high on the GMO charts, so growing your own is even more important.

    1. Perfect for fathers day!!

      I would grow my own, but growing things where I live is tricky and a lot of work, so It makes it a little less appealing.

      Thanks Laura!

  15. Oh my…I could live off of this and be totally happy! Those tomatoes, can’t wait to find them near me…the pictures…I’m drooling and I haven’t even finished my first cup of coffee. This looks phenomenal Tieghan!