Caprese Avocado Salad

Caprese Avocado Salad - A light, refreshing salad loaded with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and avocado with a sweet balsamic reduction!

A light, refreshing salad loaded with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil and avocado with a sweet balsamic reduction – perfect as an appetizer or entree!

Caprese Avocado Salad - A light, refreshing salad loaded with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and avocado with a sweet balsamic reduction!

We officially leave for Cabo tomorrow, and this salad here was my last attempt to “get fit” before the vacation. Except I doused it with balsamic reduction, so I guess it really wasn’t the smartest thing I could do before we head off to a beach getaway. But hey, I could always work out at the resort, right?

Caprese Avocado Salad - A light, refreshing salad loaded with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and avocado with a sweet balsamic reduction!

No, but, really, this salad has quickly become a favorite of mine, loaded with crisp romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, ovoline mozzarella, basil and fresh avocado tossed in a homemade balsamic reduction. You can alternatively use a balsamic vinaigrette as well – either way, balsamic vinegar pairs very well with this salad. Just don’t double up on those mozzarella balls like I did – they’re completely addictive once they’re tossed in the dressing!

Caprese Avocado Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Yield 2 servings

Caprese Avocado Salad

A light, refreshing salad loaded with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil and avocado with a sweet balsamic reduction - perfect as an appetizer or entree!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 6 ounces ovaline fresh mozzarella
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade

Instructions

  • To make the balsamic reduction, add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a slight boil and reduce by half, about 6-8 minutes; set aside and let cool.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.
  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  • To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with chicken, mozzarella, tomatoes, avocado and basil. Pour balsamic reduction on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

http://damndelicious.net/2014/05/26/caprese-avocado-salad/

 


Comments

  1. says

    What are the odds that we both do slushies and both do mozz/basil/tomato salads, each a day apart. Girl. We are in each other’s heads :) Your salad is stunning. The colors just pop! And that balsamic reduction, I could drink that stuff! I seriously eat tomatoes with balsamic reduction at least 5x a week!

  2. says

    I’ve been making a salad very similar to this for years and it’s become such a favorite at picnics and barbecues that I think most of us forget that the Caprese salad doesn’t typically include avocado. Try it…and you’ll forget too! LOVE this.

  3. Kelley says

    Made this for dinner tonight and my kids were asking for seconds! Very refreshing and very delicious! We will def. be making this again!!

  4. Emma says

    Absolutely wonderful. Loved the idea of using a reduction for a dressing. So tasty and quick. I broiled a chicken breast for about 12 minutes for my love and left it vegetarian for me. Will definitely make again.

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