Avocado Caprese Salad

Caprese salad

I made this salad a few weeks ago for a girl’s night with a few friends. We were making some veggie pizzas and tHis salad went really well.

Chopped Caprese salad

It’s a spin on a traditional Caprese salad, with tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella. I added some sliced avocado, because I hardly eat anything without avocado, and ditched the balsamic vinegar in favor of some homemade pesto!


Caprese salad2

It’s not a pretty rich salad so a little really goes a long way. It Can be eaten as is or over some greens to give it more a salad feel.


If you prefer the taste of a traditional Caprese salad with stick with the drizzle of balsamic Vinegar, instead of the pesto. I would suggest trying the addition of avocado though. The creamy texture really works well with the flavors of the basil, tomato, and mozzarella.

Buon Appetito!

Avocado Caprese Salad
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This salad is a variation of a traditional Caprese salad. It incorporates some avocado and fresh basil pesto. For a vegan option, omit the mozzarella and just use avocado.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
  • For the salad:
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • 6-8 oz. fresh mozzarella
  • 4 oz. fresh basil
  • Spinach or salad greens (optional)
  • For the pesto:
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4-6 oz. fresH basil
  • Handful sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  1. For the pesto:
  2. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet until lightly golden brown and fragrant.
  3. Combine the garlic, almonds, and basil in a food processor until chopped. Stream in the olive oil with the food processor running. Add in red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick. If sauce is too thick add in a little bit of water just to thin out.
  4. For the salad:
  5. Slice the tomatoes to desired thickness.
  6. Remove the seed from the avocado. Using a spoon remove the fruit from the flesh. Slice avocado into long strips, and then cut strips into chunks.
  7. Next, slice the mozzarella into a similar thickness as the tomatoes and the avocado.
  8. Lay spinach or salad greens on serving tray (if using).
  9. Alternate layering tomato slices with mozzarella, fresh basil, and avocado.
  10. Once all of the ingredients are layered, drizzle pesto all over the salad.


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