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Clean Eating Avocado Caprese Salad

This salad combines basil, mozzarella, tomatoes, then adds avocados and cucumbers for a fresh, clean-eating take on Caprese Salad! It's filled with refreshing veggies and drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette.
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What to serve with caprese salad?

This avocado caprese salad recipe pairs well with Simple Butter Stuffed Chicken Breast to make a light lunch.

How do you eat caprese salad?

To eat a traditional caprese salad, you’ll need a fork. Using the fork, cut a piece of tomato and mozzarella together in a single bite. This different yet delicious avocado caprese salad is chopped up into cubes so that you don’t have to worry about how to eat or serve the caprese salad. I like to make my summer salads simple!

How long can caprese salad sit out?

I recommend eating this caprese avocado salad right away since the avocado can brown up with exposure to air. I recommend not having it next day, just making enough for you to eat same day.

What tomatoes are best for caprese salad?

A traditional caprese salad would use heirloom tomatoes, but for this new caprese salad, you can use cherry tomatoes if you’d like. They pair well with ripe avocados and mozzarella cheese.

Have you tried a traditional Caprese Salad?

As we all know, the classic Caprese salads contain basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella perfectly sliced and aligned on a plate. In my opinion, even the classics could use a bit of improvement, because change couldn’t hurt. My version: added avocado, cucumber, and a great balsamic dressing!

The added ingredients also add amazing benefits! Cucumber hydrates your body while avocado provides necessary potassium. Also, most of these ingredients are ones that usually are on-hand already.

One thing that will never change: fresh ingredients!

Fresh flavors from produce makes this classic salad most enjoyable. One of my favorite things to do is to take a simple recipe and add ingredients that give it extra flavor, or sometimes it ends up being a complete meal. Summer produce offers so many opportunities to make a simple salad a delicious salad.

Fresh basil leaves, fresh mozzarella balls, a taste of English cucumber, and the addition of avocado takes the flavors of a classic caprese salad to a whole new level. Ripe avocado adds a creamy touch that you may not have realized you’ve been missing. Clean eating is important, and fresh ingredients help to make that happen. You can read all about clean eating in my blog post!

This salad is the perfect summer side dish.

I hope you’ll love this Caprese salad as much as I do! It’s simple to make and you will love the refreshing taste this recipe has. This healthy clean eating recipe is great as a snack for any time of the day. It’s filled with vitamins and packed with nutrition. Besides that, the basil is rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants, while the tomato contains many heart health benefits.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Caprese Salad:

Juicy tomatoes are rich in lycopene, supporting heart health and helping to prevent sun damage to your skin.

Avocado fills you with potassium and healthy fats.

Cucumber is hydrating and gives your body antioxidants.

Basil is rich in beta-carotene, which supports eye health.

Mozzarella is filled with calcium and zinc, as well as phosphorus.

Along with those ingredients, you will need balsamic vinegar, lemon, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and black pepper for the dressing.

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Clean Eating Avocado Caprese Salad

This salad combines basil, mozzarella, tomatoes, then adds avocados and cucumbers for a fresh, clean-eating take on Caprese Salad! It's filled with refreshing veggies and drizzled in a balsamic vinaigrette.
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Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Starters and Sides
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 577kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ English cucumber
  • 1 stem fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Cut 6 oz fresh mozzarella, 1 large tomato, and 1/2 English cucumber into bite size cubes.
  • Chop a small handful of basil and arrange with cut ingredients.
  • Balsamic vinaigrette: Whisk together 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar, juice from 1/2 a lemon, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle on salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 857mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1345IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 470mg | Iron: 2mg

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