SAUCES AND SPREADS: Sorrento Pesto Caprese Sandwiches

A few weekends ago, I was looking to make an easy lunch for E and me. We had all the makings of a great caprese sandwich: fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and two Trader Joe’s Soft Pretzel Sticks. The only thing missing was homemade pesto!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any basil or pine nuts in the house. I did, however, have half a bag of Trader Joe’s Sorrento Salad Mix in the refrigerator. Greens are greens, so I decided to make a pesto out of the salad mix with fresh garlic and some slivered almonds I keep in the freezer for emergencies just like this. The pesto was AMAZING. It was seasoned perfectly and was very garlicky,  which is something both E and I enjoy. E and I ate the leftover pesto (what little was left) with our fingers, directly out of the jar!

SAUCES AND SPREADS: Sorrento Pesto Caprese Sandwiches

SAUCES AND SPREADS: Sorrento Pesto Caprese Sandwiches

SAUCES AND SPREADS: Sorrento Pesto Caprese Sandwiches

SAUCES AND SPREADS: Sorrento Pesto Caprese Sandwiches


Trader Joe’s Sorrento Salad Mix, 1/2 bag

Garlic, 4 cloves, smashed

Slivered Almonds, 1/2 cup

Sea Salt, 1 teaspoon

Fresh Ground Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon

Parmesan Cheese, 1/4 cup

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (“EVOO”)


  1. Place all of the ingredients, except for the EVOO, into the food processor. Pulse until everything is finely chopped.
  2. Slowly drizzle in the EVOO until the pesto is smooth.
  3. Spread the pesto on both sides of the pretzel stick and then layer on the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
  4. Enjoy!


  1. December 1, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I LOVE caprese, and you are right–the more garlic the better! I never would have thought to make pesto out of salad mix, but that is such a good idea!

  2. Laura Yanke
    December 1, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    okay I might need to make this! My boyfriend would love it!

  3. vanessa
    December 1, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    I absolutely love pesto! On pizza, pasta, but I’ll need to try it as this spread!

    Vanessa |

  4. December 1, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    OMG pesto is my FAVE!! This looks too yummy! I cannot wait to try!!

  5. December 1, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    I love sandwiches and this sauce looks really yummy!

  6. December 1, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    There’s this one wine bar that I like that has the best caprese sandwich. So delish!

  7. December 1, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Mmmm yummy! I love pesto its so versatile!! I’ve made it with kale before too 🙂

  8. December 1, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    I was wondering what’s that white stuff at the side. Is that cheese? Anyways nice recepie!

    Shi Hui

  9. December 1, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    Oh yum!! This is so easy and yet looks so delish. Thanks for sharing :)!

  10. December 2, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    This looks SO GOOD! Caprese is my favorite thing ever. Seriously ever haha and now I’m starving!