Avocado, Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese Salad Recipe

Tricolore avocado caprese salad with mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil
Tricolore avocado caprese salad photo by William Shaw / Getty Images
Ratings (21)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
711 Calories
57g Fat
25g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 711
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g 74%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 856mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
Protein 31g
Calcium 879mg 68%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you like traditional Italian Insalata Caprese, try this similar avocado Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and ripe red tomatoes, and the addition of avocados for extra flavor. This avocado Caprese salad is often referred to as an Italian "tricolore" salad since it has the three colors of the Italian flag: red tomatoes, white mozzarella and green avocados and basil. 

You'll love the flavors of avocado with just a bit of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, but you can also make this salad drizzled with a bit of honey as a variation. Try it both ways and see which you prefer. At any rate, the ingredients themselves are always delicious when combined together. Who doesn't love fresh avocado, mozzarella, and fresh basil? Yum. 

This mozzarella, tomato, avocado and basil salad recipe is courtesy of Avocados from Mexico.

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 ounce bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (or use a balsamic reduction if you prefer)
  • salt and pepper to taste (sea salt or kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper will be best)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. With a small knife, cut the little stem end out of the tomato, and then, using a serrated knife cut the tomatoes into 1/3 inch slices.

  3. Slice the mozzarella about 1/4 inch thick.

  4. Alternate slices of the avocado, the sliced tomato, the fresh mozzarella and the fresh basil leaves, arranging them like playing cards on individual serving plates.

  5. Drizzle the olive oil and the balsamic vinegar or the balsamic reduction on top of the avocado, tomato and mozzarella slices.

  6. Season with lightly with sea salt or kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

  7. Serve your Italian mozzarella, tomato, basil and avocado salad with Italian bread or a fresh baguette (French bread), or perhaps over a bed of romaine lettuce or Boston lettuce leaves if you want something more of a salad and less of an appetizer.

Recipe tip: Instead of olive oil and vinegar, use a balsamic reduction to drizzle over your avocado salad. For another variation, serve this salad over cooked pasta to turn it into a light and summery vegetarian pasta salad. 

If you like avocados a whole heckuva lot, you might also want to try out California-style vegan avocado fudge for a real treat.