Easy Avocado Caprese Salad

Quick, refreshing & perfect for summer! This avocado caprese salad is bursting with seasonal tomatoes, creamy avocado, fresh mozzarella & sliced basil! Serve it as an appetizer or side dish with your favorite protein!

A white bowl filled with avocado caprese salad sitting net to a small bottle of olive oil and a jar of homemade balsamic glaze

Avocado caprese salad – the epitome of summer salads! This version is a fun little spin on the classic Italian salad I’m sure you’ve had at so many restaurants. Light, refreshing and incredibly flavorful – this salad has it all! The avocado is what really sets it apart. I just love the creaminess it adds and it pairs so well with your tangy balsamic glaze.

This salad tastes like a dream and comes together in just 15 minutes! There’s hardly any prep work involved making it one of the easiest summer salads. Plus it’s incredibly versatile too! Serve it as a side dish, appetizer or take it to a summer potluck – you’re friends and family are going to love it!

Ingredients used to make avocado caprese salad

Ingredients You’ll Need

Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes or tomatoes-on-the-vine all work for this recipe. (I personally like using smaller tomatoes as opposed to cutting up larger ones.) If you prefer larger tomatoes, heirlooms or fresh garden tomatoes are both great options!

Mozzarella balls: Use fresh mozzarella pearls (mini mozzarella balls) for the best results. They’re the perfect size and shape compared to the rest of your ingredients.

Fresh basil: A key ingredient for any caprese salad! Feel free to slice or tear the basil and use as little or as much as your want. (I love cutting a little extra to garnish the salad with later.)

Avocados: Look for avocados that are slightly under ripe for the best results. (They’ll hold up better when mixed with the rest of your ingredients.) Over ripe avocados tend to become mushy after they’ve been mixed.

Olive oil: A good quality olive oil is essential for this recipe! We use extra virgin olive oil from Italy for ours.

Balsamic glaze: Use your favorite store bought glaze or make your own glaze at home! (The recipe for my homemade balsamic glaze is in the Notes section of the recipe.)

Spices: Salt and cracked black pepper are all you need to season your salad!

A large clear mixing bowl filled with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, diced avocado, fresh basil, balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt and black pepper
A large clear mixing bowl filled with avocado caprese salad freshly tossed in olive oil and balsamic glaze

How To Make Avocado Caprese Salad

1. Make the balsamic glaze (if using homemade glaze): Prepare the glaze according to the directions below then pour it into a small glass bowl. Place the glaze in the refrigerator until it cools completely.

2. Toss. Add the chopped tomatoes, mozzarella balls, sliced basil and diced avocado to a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic glaze over the top and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the salad until it’s coated to your liking then taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed.

3. Garnish & serve! Sprinkle extra sliced basil over the top and serve immediately. (Alternatively, you can chill the salad for 30 minutes before serving.)

A close up photo of avocado caprese salad topped with fresh basil, salt and cracked black pepper

Make Your Own Balsamic Glaze!

We love keeping a bottle of balsamic glaze on hand – it’s so good on everything! Drizzle it over roasted veggies, mix it with olive oil and use it as a dip for toasted bread or pair it with a delicious fruit + cheese salad. There’s so many options! It only requires 2 ingredients and takes 10 minutes to make!

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup, honey or brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

Step 1: Whisk the balsamic vinegar and your sweetener of choice together in a small pot on the stove. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.

Step 2: Once boiling, turn the burner down to medium-low (or until it becomes a soft boil/simmer) and let the balsamic mixture simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (The glaze should slightly reduce in size and be thick enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon once it’s done.)

Step 3: Transfer the glaze to a small glass bowl and let it cool completely. (The glaze will thicken as it cools.)

Step 4: Pour the cooled glaze into a glass jar or bottle and keep it stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

A small serving bowl filled with avocado caprese salad sitting next to a large bowl of tomatoes an a small jar of olive oil

Why you’ll love this caprese salad recipe!

  • Quick & easy! Only 15 minutes + very little prep work!
  • The best summer salad! This salad utilizes the best of summer produce – sweet tomatoes, creamy avocado + fresh basil are a match made in heaven!
  • Pairs well with everything! It’s sweet & savory flavors make this salad a delicious addition to any meal! Serve it as a refreshing side dish with your favorite protein or pair it with toasted bread for a tasty appetizer!

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Easy Avocado Caprese Salad

Quick, refreshing & perfect for summer! This avocado caprese salad is bursting with seasonal tomatoes, creamy avocado, fresh mozzarella & sliced basil! Serve it as an appetizer or side dish with your favorite protein!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: avocado, balsamic glaze, caprese salad, salad recipes, side dish recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half (about 2½ cups)
  • 8 oz. mozzarella pearls (mini mozzarella balls)
  • 1-2 medium avocados, diced
  • cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic glaze*
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Toss. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado and sliced basil to a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic glaze over the top and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Toss the salad until it's coated to your liking then taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed.
  • Garnish & serve! Garnish with extra sliced basil and serve immediately. (Alternatively, you can chill the salad for 30 minutes before serving.)

Notes

*Homemade Balsamic Glaze:
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup, honey or brown sugar(depending on how sweet you want it)
 
Step 1: Whisk the balsamic vinegar and your sweetener of choice together in a small pot on the stove. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
Step 2: Once boiling, turn the burner down to medium-low (or until it becomes a soft boil/simmer) and let the balsamic mixture simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (The glaze should slightly reduce in size and be thick enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon once it’s done.)
Step 3: Transfer the glaze to a small glass bowl and let it cool completely. (The glaze will thicken as it cools.)
Step 4: Pour the cooled glaze into a glass jar or bottle and keep it stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

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