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Caprese Avocado Salad is light, refreshing, and super easy to make with all of the flavors of traditional caprese plus avocado for added creaminess. It will be a huge hit at any picnic, potluck, or backyard barbecue!

Overhead view of caprese avocado salad

Don’t let the simplicity of this salad fool you. This is crave-ably delicious! It is simple to make and comes together in under 15 minutes. It’s light and bright and full of fresh flavors. The dressing is quite simple and subtle.

History Lesson: Did you know that it was not love at first sight with caprese? Caprese dates back to the early 1920s in Italy and was created as a tribute to the Italy flag and its colors. However, it did not truly catch on until the 1950s when King Farouk was served a caprese sandwich as a snack. After the king took just one bite of that tomato, mozzarella, basil goodness, Italy was hooked!

  • Tomato Choices for Caprese Avocado Salad:

    This recipe calls for a combination of yellow and red cherry or grape (or cherry) tomatoes.  The combination of red and yellow makes for a bright and colorful salad, but you can also use all red, or all yellow. It’s also possible to make this salad by using regular garden variety tomatoes that are diced, but the juiciness may make the salad watery and the presentation will not be as beautiful.

  • Where do I find mini mozzarella balls?

    Most grocery stores in the United States will sell mozzarella balls in their fresh cheese section in round plastic containers or air sealed bags. They will be located next to or near the other larger balls of fresh mozzarella cheese. Fresh mozzarella is generally located in a different section than bricks of mozzarella cheese and shredded cheese. The item you are looking for may be called mini mozzarella balls, bocconcini, or mozzarella pearls.

  • White Balsamic Vinegar Substitutes:

    White balsamic vinegar is used in this recipe in order to prevent the salad from getting a brown tint from traditional balsamic vinegar. You can use regular balsamic vinegar, but be warned that the color of the salad may be somewhat off-putting. Another option is to use another clear or light colored mild vinegar like white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. These are not as sweet so a bit of extra honey will help balance the flavor.

  • Storage Instructions:

    You can store Caprese Avocado Salad in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-3 days. Be warned that the avocado will start to brown due to exposure to air, and does not mean that they have gone bad. 

caprese avocado salad

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Overhead view of caprese avocado salad
Caprese Avocado Salad is light, refreshing, and super easy to make with all of the flavors of traditional caprese plus avocado for added creaminess. It will be a huge hit at any picnic, potluck, or backyard barbecue!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 pint red cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 pint yellow cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 large avocados pitted, peeled, and diced
  • 8 ounces mini mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chiffonade
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  • In a large bowl, toss together red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, diced avocado, mini mozzarella balls, and basil. 
  • In another small microwave safe bowl, heat honey for 15-20 seconds in the microwave to thin out. Whisk together with white balsamic and olive oil.
  • Pour dressing over tomatoes and basil. Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and toss to combine. 
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 24.1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caprese Avocado Salad
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Lisa
September 23, 2019 4:57 pm

5 stars
Just made this salad for dinner. Just the right amount of sweet and acidity. And the avocados made it really nice and creamy.

Denise Adkins
December 21, 2019 4:46 pm
Reply to  Lisa

I love all your rescipes

Annette Hawkins
March 22, 2020 11:20 am
Reply to  Denise Adkins

This is the best I love ❤️ it

Doris
January 23, 2020 1:58 pm

5 stars
I love your recipes!!! Thank you so much!!!

Kristin H.
September 10, 2019 10:29 am

5 stars
I love bruschetta, love avocados, and love caprese salad. This was incredibly delicious, made exactly like the recipe. No alterations needed!

Lisa
July 4, 2020 11:07 pm

5 stars
So good! Will maybe making this regularly in the future.

Patricia A Smay
July 4, 2020 2:35 pm

4 stars
recipe delicious except I’m allergic to the avocado. Can you suggest anything else to add instead? zucchini, or what about cucumber?

VTonn
September 24, 2020 11:57 am

Smashed banana. Thanks to its similar texture, banana works in place of avocado in most recipes.
Almond, cashew or peanut butter. With high levels of healthy fats, nut butters can be used in place of avocado.
Edamame. …
Chia seeds. …
Hummus…

Henry
June 24, 2019 6:30 pm

5 stars
Spot on! This was my first time having a Caprese salad of any kind it was really tasty. I was hesitant at first as I’m not a huge fan of tomatoes and my adventures with avaocado is limited to spreading on toast or guacamole! Great recipe!

Cindy Gatz
June 24, 2019 10:03 am

5 stars
To die for!!!

Patti
October 28, 2020 9:36 am

Really, really good!! So simple to make. Thanks for the recipe

Nanfeld
October 25, 2020 12:50 am

5 stars
Made it for game night. It was a big hit and so easy to make.

Nellie Edlin
September 21, 2020 10:50 pm

I thought this sounds like a very healthy salad for my family. A good way to get the grandkids to eat vegetables. So thank you.

Sharon Chesser
August 24, 2020 11:22 pm

4 stars
Very tasty

SS
August 20, 2020 4:28 pm

5 stars
So refreshing! I never used white balsamic before but I’m so glad I tried it because it is lighter than the regular balsamic. I made the dressing as listed but I don’t think the honey I had worked well for this so I made a new dressing with maple syrup and that was so much better for me! I would recommend people taste their dressing before putting it on the rest of the ingredients. I can’t wait to serve this for guests. Ty!!!

Dorothy R
August 1, 2020 8:13 pm

This is AMAZING!!!!!

Mary Olden
July 23, 2020 7:18 am

Very delicious salad

July 22, 2020 6:56 pm

5 stars
Awesome

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