Recipe: Avocado Caprese Salad

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(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Of all the essential ways to use up ripe and juicy summer tomatoes, I’d argue that a big caprese salad deserves a spot at the top of your list. And there’s one thing that’s going to make this summer’s caprese the best yet: creamy chunks of ripe avocado.

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A Natural Pairing for a Beloved Summer Salad

Classic caprese is a beloved summer salad that hardly needs a helping hand. From the sweet, peak-season tomatoes and herbaceous basil, to the creamy mozzarella and the tangy balsamic vinegar, it’s an irresistible dish. But that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t benefit from a little something extra, especially when that something is avocado. How can you say no? It’s a natural pairing that fits right in with this chunky salad.

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Avocado Caprese Salad

Serves4 to 6 as a side

Ingredients

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup

    balsamic vinegar

  • 1 clove

    garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon

    honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/3 cup

    olive oil

For the salad:

  • 1 pint

    cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

  • 2

    medium avocados, diced

  • 4 ounces

    fresh mozzarella pearls

  • 3/4 cup

    torn fresh basil leaves

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Instructions

Make the vinaigrette:

  1. Whisk the vinegar, garlic, honey, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. While whisking, slowly pour in the oil and whisk until emulsified.

Make the salad:

  1. Add all the salad ingredients to the dressing and stir gently to combine. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. Stir again just before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Make ahead: The vinaigrette can be made up to 1 day in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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