Looking for a light and easy salad to impress your guests? Look no further! Caprese Avocado Salad is a delightful twist on the traditional caprese salad, with added creaminess from the avocado. Whether you’re planning a picnic, potluck, or backyard barbecue, this salad is sure to be a hit!
A Flavorful Blend of Fresh Ingredients
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this salad – it’s packed with crave-ably delicious flavors. In just under 15 minutes, you can create a vibrant dish that is light, bright, and bursting with freshness. The dressing is simple yet subtle, allowing the natural flavors to shine.
A Fascinating History Lesson
Did you know that caprese salad dates back to the early 1920s in Italy? It was actually created as a tribute to the Italian flag and its colors. However, it didn’t gain popularity until the 1950s, when King Farouk was served a caprese sandwich as a snack. After just one bite of that tomato, mozzarella, and basil goodness, Italy became hooked!
Tomato Choices for a Colorful Salad
For this recipe, we recommend using a combination of yellow and red cherry or grape tomatoes. The contrasting colors make for a visually stunning salad. However, feel free to use all red or all yellow tomatoes if that’s what you have on hand. You can also use regular garden tomatoes, but be mindful that the extra juiciness may make the salad a bit watery.
Where to Find Mini Mozzarella Balls
In the United States, most grocery stores carry mini mozzarella balls in their fresh cheese section. You’ll usually find them in round plastic containers or air-sealed bags, located near the larger balls of fresh mozzarella cheese. These mini mozzarella balls may also be labeled as bocconcini or mozzarella pearls.
Substitutes for White Balsamic Vinegar
White balsamic vinegar is used in this recipe to prevent the salad from turning brown. However, if you don’t have white balsamic vinegar on hand, there are alternatives you can use. Regular balsamic vinegar can be used, but be aware that it may affect the color of the salad. Another option is to use a clear or light-colored mild vinegar, such as white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Just add a bit of extra honey to balance the flavors.
Storage Tips for Leftovers
If you have any leftovers, you can store Caprese Avocado Salad in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-3 days. Keep in mind that the avocado may start to brown due to exposure to air. However, this doesn’t mean that the salad has gone bad. Simply give it a stir before serving, and it will still be delicious.
If you enjoyed this recipe, be sure to check out our other delicious summer salad recipes, such as Healthy Balsamic Tomato Salad, Caprese Stuffed Avocado, Easy Cucumber Salad, and Healthy Cucumber Tomato Salad. Rachel, our talented chef, will walk you through each step of these recipes on our YouTube channel, Facebook Watch, or our website.