A light refreshing hors d’oeuvre, such as an avocado 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 my Thrive Summer Reset program, which thousands of people have completed to gain energy, break sugar cravings + caffeine addictions and fall in love with plant-powered recipes just like this one.
Because avocados are anything but basic, make this salad right when you want to eat it. If you need to take it to go, cut your avocado in half, then take the seeded half with you. The seed helps keep the avocado from browning too quickly.
You can cut your produce in wedges like the recipe photos, or you can turn your avocado caprese salad into more of a salad-like dish. To do this, simple chop the tomatoes + avocado in chunks rather than wedges. Take a big spoon and once all the extras are in the bowl, give it a gentle toss. Still lovely as well as tasty.
Organic products are expensive; I totally get it. So to make sure my family gets the best we can afford, yet not break the bank, I reference the EWG’s Dirty Dozen. This list is produced every year to rank the produce they recommend buying organically. Tomatoes make the top 12, so I do my best to buy organic varieties. You’re eating this avocado caprese salad as a healthy snack, so get the best ingredients you can for it.
Basil is beautiful, yet gets expensive real quick. I’ve got a trick for you: buy a basil plant when you need to buy fresh basil. Put that plant in your window sill, then harvest as much as you can! If you’ve got a green thumb, then that plant will keep producing for you throughout the year. If you don’t, that plant cost about the same as buying the packaged fresh basil, and probably gave you more leaves in the long run (plus, they just look so cute).
Avocados are tough to get ripe, then seem to go bad in the blink of an eye. If I find one that is ripe at the store, then I immediately refrigerate it when I get home. If it’s rock hard, then I let it sit right next to my bananas on the counter. Bananas will help ripen up the avocado faster, so you don’t have to wait as long to use it.
hors d’oeuvres (or snacking) is a big part of my life. I often have a big smoothie around mid morning, then snack my way until dinner #workfromhomelife. If I choose snacks that are heavy on the carbs but light on protein + fat then I get hangry by dinnertime.
So I snack smart: find snacks with a good balance of nutrients to keep me energized throughout the day. If I’m sitting in my office working for several hours, I keep the snacks light. If I run 15 miles that day, then my snacks are dense and filling. Here are a few of my fav snack options (don’t forget the avocado caprese salad recipe too!); try them and let me know which ones you like best:
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 my Avocado Caprese Salad. We don’t think you’ll miss it.
Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 797mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1488IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg