Avocado Caprese Salad (Because!)

Avocado Caprese Salad (Because!)

Five-year-old Anton is obsessed with Caprese salad. He even makes it by himself these days with cherry tomatoes and a ball of mozzarella, ripped up with his chubby hands. And who can blame him? Today, Jeanine Donofrio (author of The Love and Lemons cookbook) is sharing an easy twist on the classic recipe. Here’s how she does it with avocado and strawberries…

Avocado Strawberry Caprese Salad
By Jeanine Donofrio, author of Love and Lemons

This recipe is one of my favorites. It’ll take you all of about 15 minutes to make, and it’s yummy with anything you’re grilling.

Recipe: Avocado Strawberry Caprese Salad
Serves 4

You’ll need:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 cup halved mini mozzarella balls
1 ripe avocado, pitted and diced
1/3 cup pecans, toasted
1/3 cup loosely packed basil, torn
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar to a high simmer over medium heat. Stir, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vinegar has thickened and reduced by half, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Place the strawberries, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado, pecans and basil in a shallow bowl or platter. Drizzle with olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Gently toss. Drizzle with the reduced balsamic.

Thank you so much, Jeanine! We love your book and website.

Update: Due to a server outage, Cup of Jo was down from 8 p.m. on Wednesday to 1 p.m. on Thursday, so we’re republishing this post now. We also lost most of yesterday’s comments on all posts, sadly, so please feel free to comment again, if you’d like! Thank you so much, as always. xoxo

P.S. More recipes, including killer guacamole and scoobi doo with burrata and tomatoes.

(Recipe excerpted from Love and Lemons, by Jeanine Donofrio. Also, you can check out her cookbook here and her meal record set here.)

  1. Omg this looks delicious. Definitely adding it to my meal plan! I’d never have thought to put strawberries in a salad. My mum used to put grapes in our salad and I thought she was mad but it was always lovely :-)

  2. Sarah says...

    Simmering the balsamic is a game changer! Thank you for a great tip. I’ve made this several times a week since it was posted.

  3. Susie says...

    I made this with peaches instead of strawberries…so good! Hooked now on balsamic reduction:)

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  4. Carmen B. says...

    Like Anton, I am also obsessed with Caprese salad. I’d love to try this version.

  5. I made this for a dinner party at a friend’s house and it was a hit! Though I did mix in the reduced balsamic vinegar and it made it look not very appetizing, haha, but it was delicious and is a staple recipe now!

  6. Alexandra says...

    Made this today for a summer family reunion and it was loved by all – thank you for sharing!

  7. Olivia says...

    Okay can I just say. Marble is basically the only background that food is presented on nowadays. But how does no one talk about how awful marble is to use as a countertop?! The stone place we used when renovating our kitchen literally told us not to do it because it is so weak and porous (sob). I can see what they mean by our bathroom vanities, which are marble (and chipped/stained in some spots). When will this dastardly trend end?!

  8. Steph says...

    Made this last night with an added handful or two of spinach. Delish!

  9. This is actually ketogenic diet friendly too! (We do that diet for medical reasons and love top see new recipes that we can use).

  10. Nina says...

    Sounds yummy. I think that’s adorable that Anton is making his own at 5 years old.

  11. Samantha says...

    i commented before the server issues, but i wanted to say again that i’m very happy to see you guys linking to independent bookstores instead of amazon! thank you for listening to your readers <3

    • Anna says...

      this was my first thought! Love Powells – I’m from Germany but have been to Portland and of course had to spent several hours in this book store!

  12. AJDouglas says...

    I saw this recipe, bought the ingredients and ate it that night and it was so delicious and filling. Making it a summer staple.

  13. This sounds so good!! Can’t wait to try it!

  14. Julia says...

    YES! this. No Balsamic on traditional caprese.
    But this looks like a fun and yummy strawberry salad.