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Simple Caprese Salad with Avocado

This simple caprese salad 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.

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

Plant-Based Caprese Salad

Yet this caprese salad goes a step further than most. 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 | Simple Green Smoothies

My 5-Minute Simple Caprese Salad

A 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. At first, breaking up with cheese was like breaking up with the perfect boyfriend. It didn’t seem right. It was tasty, protein rich and made every dish better… until it didn’t anymore.

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 Simple Caprese Salad removes the cheese and replaces it with one of the most amazing superfoods out there: avocado.

Avocado is high in healthy fats and vitamin E, making it a top beauty food for you skin. If you’d like more beauty recipes, check out our SPA Cleanser Green Smoothie (it’s so tasty!).


Simple Caprese Salad with Avocado

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: italian


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.)



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


  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.

What do you think of the Caprese 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 here at SGS. 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? Your heartfelt comments guide the latest recipe creations at Simple Green Smoothies. So thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  1. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 3rd, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    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 amanda@simplegreensmoothies.com and I will be happy to help you with your purchase and help answer any questions.

  2. Christy

    August 23rd, 2018 at 10:44 am

    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. 🙂

  3. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 12:54 pm

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

  4. Marilynn Hession

    September 12th, 2018 at 9:34 am

    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.

  5. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Marilynn,

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


  6. Christy C.

    September 12th, 2018 at 10:50 am

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

  7. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 14th, 2018 at 2:38 pm

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

  8. Pierre

    September 12th, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    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

  9. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Hey Pierre,

    I am happy this recipe inspired you!

  10. Dani Boise

    September 13th, 2018 at 5:03 pm

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

  11. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Dani,

    You can’t go wrong with avocado!! 🙂

  12. Paige

    September 13th, 2018 at 5:48 pm

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

  13. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks Paige,

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

  14. Marie

    September 16th, 2018 at 10:21 am

    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. 🙂

  15. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    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!

  16. AnnMarie Gomes

    September 17th, 2018 at 11:03 am

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

  17. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 17th, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Hi AnnMarie,

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

  18. Sheri

    September 17th, 2018 at 4:04 pm

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

  19. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks Sheri!

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

  20. sheila

    September 21st, 2019 at 4:32 pm

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

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 23rd, 2019 at 10:06 am

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

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