Thursday, May 14, 2015

Avocado Caprese Salad

Avocado brings a simple Caprese Salad to a whole new level.

Caprese Salad with Avocado and Balsamic Reduction

Well, we were hit with some pretty warm weather last week. I talking upper 20s here in Canada (that's low 80s for you neighbours to the south). It was wonderful! We fired up the grill a few times, I got into a salad kick and enjoyed every minute of it. But now we are back to reality here, in Ontario Canada and the temperatures have plummeted, to more seasonal numbers.

I took advantage of our gorgeous summer weather, to make a salad I've been wanting to try for a while now. Last summer, I went out for lunch with some girlfriends and this salad was on the menu. Since I LOVE avocado, I ordered it. Boy was it delicious! I've been wanting to make it since them, but just never have gotten around to it. With my BFF coming for dinner, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to recreate it.

This salad is basically a caprese salad, with the addition of avocado. The creamy avocado pairs wonderfully with the crisp greens, sweet tomato and pungent basil. This salad is a gorgeous addition to any summer meal.

Caprese Salad with Avocado and Balsamic Reduction

Avocado Caprese Salad

1 heart of romaine salad, chopped
1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped
2 Tbs basil leaf chiffonade
2 vine ripened tomatoes, cut into eighths
2 avocados, sliced
1/2 C baby bocconcini (little mozzarella balls)
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 C balsamic vinegar (I used balsamic and fig vinegar)
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt

In a small sauce pot, bring the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and salt to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half and thickened. Let cool while preparing the salad.

On a platter, or in a large salad bowl, combine the romaine lettuce with the green leaf lettuce. Scatter basil, tomato wedges, sliced avocado and baby mozzarella over top. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with balsamic reduction over top and serve immediately.

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Debi @ Life Currents said...

Oh man this looks so good! Wish I had some now!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

I love avocados and healthy salads Cindy! Please send some warm weather our way and hope to see you on Saturday!
Cheers! Joanne
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Patty Anderson said...

What a nice new twist on the classic! Looks delicious.

Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry said...

The wether is warming up so I am looking forward to trying this salad out.

Patty from Chili Pepper Madness said...

Mmmmm. Love this kind of salad once the garden has harvested. You can't get any fresher. Yum!

Homemade Food Junkie said...

Yummy summer salad! I'm getting ready to rev up the fresh salads for summer. This looks like a fantastic addition to our family's mealtime menus!
Thanks so much for sharing this at #PureBlogLove PIN party!

Angie said...

This salad looks yummy-licious! I love salads, especially when they include avocados.

Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
Your Avocado Caprese Salad looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
Come Back Soon
Miz Helen