Healthy summer dinner recipes

Avocado Caprese Salad

POSTED ON 8.19.2020

I know a vegan caprese salad doesn’t sound quite right, yet this beautiful creation is amazing. The flavors and textures are spot on!

A light refreshing hors d’oeuvre, such as a Simple Caprese Salad, easily becomes the rave of a dinner party. It’s infused with fresh flavors… especially the basil. I could literally eat basil right out of the garden and be in heaven!

This caprese salad recipe is from our Thrive Summer Reset program, which thousands of people have completed and gained energy, broke sugar cravings, caffeine addictions and fell in love with plant-powered recipes just like this one.

Diary-free Summer Recipe

Don’t get me wrong— a traditional caprese salad is delicious, yet if you’re sensitive to dairy or trying to go more plant-based, you can easily tweak this recipe. We’ve removed one of the most common food sensitivities and replaced it with one of the top beauty foods. Yep, we had this simple summer dish the healthiest and tastiest one out there!

Simple Caprese Salad with Avocado

Caprese salad usually has tomato, basil and mozzarella as the foundation. Yet cheese is dairy… and dairy is one of the most common food allergies. It can lead to digestive issues, acne, bloating, fatigue and more. I am sensitive to dairy and really have to watch my intake.

The funny thing is, once I started leaving the cheese off of my favorite tacos, side dishes and burritos I actually didn’t taste a difference! The food was just as good AND I didn’t have any consequences afterwards. This salad removes the cheese and replaces it with one of the most amazing superfoods out there: avocado.

5-Minute Avocado Caprese Recipe

Avocado is high in healthy fats and vitamin E, making it a top beauty food for you skin. It goes so well in this caprese salad! If you’d like more beauty recipes, check out our SPA Cleanser Smoothie (it’s so tasty!). Now, let’s dive into the recipe:

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Healthy summer dinner recipes

Avocado Caprese Salad


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

It’s pretty hard to top a juicy, garden fresh, still-warm-from-the-sun tomato, but this comes pretty close. Creamy avocado stands in for cheese in our version of the classic Italian Caprese Salad. We don’t think you’ll miss it.


Ingredients

Scale
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 small ripe tomato
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves (about 8–10)
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar, optional
  • Olive oil, optional

Instructions

  1. Thickly slice the avocado and tomato.
  2. Arrange on a plate along with the basil leaves.
  3. Season well with salt and pepper. If desired, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  4. Eat immediately.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: italian

Keywords: vegan caprese salad

What do you think of this summer salad?

I hope you dive into this recipe that comes from our Thrive Summer Reset. It’s one of the most loved recipes from the week-long detox program we offer at Simple Green Smoothies.

Please ask any questions you have in the comments below. I’d also love if you’d rate the recipe and let me know what you think of it. Would you want more like this?

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Christina G says:

    CAPRESE SALAD Was ultimately my favorite!! I had it for lunch every day during my 10 day smoothie challenge. I did add olives and feta cheese super delicious

  2. Alanla says:

    The Vegan Caprese Salad looks absolutely heavenly! Why is the sodium content so high?????

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Good question, Alanla! I’m looking into it and will reply once I get an answer for you. 🙂

      Also, I agree, it’s such a delicious salad!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Good catch, Alanla! The sodium content should not have been that high. The nutrition facts have been updated and all the info is correct now.

  3. sheila says:

    Perfect picnic salad for a beautiful day in Florida. The kids even loved it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yumm!!! It was a beautiful day in Florida. I wonder if we live close to each other. So glad that you enjoyed this recipe!!

  4. Sheri says:

    I love the ease and simple deliciousness of it. It’s so light but filling at the same time.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Thanks Sheri!

      I am so happy to hear how much you loved this recipe!! 🙂

  5. AnnMarie Gomes says:

    I enjoyed this salad all Summer long! Simple to prepare but full of flavor 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi AnnMarie,

      Simple and flavorful!!! That is what we strive for. So happy you have been enjoying this recipe!

  6. Marie says:

    I think this is one of my favorite salads from SGS. It’s so simple, quick and tasty. And it fills you up! It’s fantastic as a snack as well. 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Marie,

      Thank you so much! It really has everything you could want in a salad that you can make in no time!!

      So happy you enjoyed it!

  7. Paige says:

    Love this take on a Caprese salad! Love it with some balsamic vinegar!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Thanks Paige,

      It really is so delicious!! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

  8. Dani Boise says:

    I first tried this with one of the cleanse programs y’all offer and I’m hooked for life on avo-caprese!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Dani,

      You can’t go wrong with avocado!! 🙂

  9. Pierre says:

    Never thought of using avocado in caprese, and although I looooove mozzarella, this works surprisingly well, and is probably more nutritious. Thank you for the inspiration

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Pierre,

      I am happy this recipe inspired you!

  10. Christy C. says:

    I don’t even love avocado like some people, but I can NOT wait to try this! Looks delish!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      It really is amazing! Let us know what you think once you give it a try 🙂

  11. Marilynn Hession says:

    I looooooove this simple salad or snack! It’s quick, easy and wonderful! I also love it in the warmer months because it’s light and refreshing.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Marilynn,

      I am so happy that you love this salad so much!! You really can use it for any season.

      Enjoy!!

  12. Christy says:

    I first tried during the summer reset. It’s delicious! You’re right – don’t miss the cheese. I top mine with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It’s extra special made with fresh tomatoes and basil straight from my garden. 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      That sounds so delicious! Especially since it is straight from your garden. 🙂

  13. SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

    Hi Kathy,

    I am so sorry you were not satisfied with your purchase and your customer service experience. I promise you that we try our best to work with every member of our community to ensure they’re 100% satisfied with their purchase.

    I hope that our team has now made it right. If we haven’t – please send me a direct message [email protected] and I will be happy to help you with your purchase and help answer any questions.

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