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Avocado Caprese Salad

By June 19, 2018Recipes
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One of my favorite salads to eat is the classic caprese. It’s so simple and fresh you can’t help but savor every bite.

For this avocado caprese update, I substituted slices of avocado for mozzarella to make this salad friendly to anyone going dairy free — and let me tell you, you won’t miss the cheese. The avocado adds such a creamy element to this salad, I actually enjoyed it better than the original.

Avocado Caprese Salad

This avocado caprese salad is light and colorful and reminds me so much of summer. Eat it as an appetizer, as a side dish with grilled chicken, or as a snack. Any way you have it, it’s a perfect combination of flavors.

The key to making this salad so delicious is to use the best quality organic ingredients you can find — you want to make sure everything is at peak flavor. After that, you simply dress the salad with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper. Easy, gorgeous, and nutritious.

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Avocado Caprese Salad

The avocado adds such a creamy element to this salad, I actually enjoyed it better than the original.

Category Appetizer, Paleo, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Shannon Gilson


  • 4 medium heirloom tomatoes or tomato of your choice
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar optional
  • Sea salt and black pepper


  1. Slice tomatoes and avocados and salt lightly.
  2. Slice basil into thin ribbons.
  3. Layer tomato slices, avocado slices, and basil.

  4. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (optional). Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

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Shannon Gilson
Shannon is an artist living in Grantham, New Hampshire, with her husband, four pups, and two cats. She graduated with a BFA from Suffolk University and is happily putting her fine art degree to good use.

She enjoys traveling around the world with her husband, exploring as many places and local food dishes as possible. Shannon feels that eating a country’s specialty food not only connects you to the culture, it also ensures you’re eating fresher and more local, too.

You can follow Shannon’s travels and art on Instagram.