I’ve always love a fresh caprese salad, with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. But, adding avocado to my caprese salad was a game changer! Print the recipe for avocado caprese salad below.
The best thing about salads, is that usually the measurement of your ingredients don’t really matter. For example, you could double the amount of tomatoes, and the final result will still be great. It’s basically hard to fail at salad!
So, knowing the common ingredients to an Italian caprese salad may be the only thing you need to know. The ingredients for traditional caprese includes:
- Mozzarella (fresh slices or pears are great for this)
- Fresh basil
- Olive oil
- and drizzled with a reduced balsamic vinegar glaze.
Reducing calories in a caprese salad
I changed a few of the ingredients to bring down the calories slightly, and increase the nutrients. This included:
- I eliminated the oil. Some of you may want to leave that in, but I prefer a low fat diet, and oil is high in calories.
- Instead of a balsamic reduction, I just used straight balsamic vinegar. A balsamic reduction can measure anywhere between 40-80 calories per tablespoon, depending on how far you can reduce it. The balsamic vinegar alone only has 14 calories per tablespoon.
- And finally, I added avocado- because who doesn’t love avocado! Plus, avocado is rich in folate, vitamin K, vitamin C, and even has protein.
The total calories and macros for one serving turned out to have the perfect macro balance! I couldn’t be more thrilled. (small things thrill me like perfectly balanced macros! haha)
120 calories, 7 grams protein, 7 grams carbs, AND 7 grams fat!
What to eat caprese with?
Many restaurants will offer caprese salad as an appetizer, before your meal. Eating at home however, I prefer one course. LOL. This isn’t a fancy house.
So, to maintain a balanced meal, your caprese could fit into the fruit section of your plate. Although the culinary categorization of tomatoes is a veggie, I like to let tomatoes take up my fruit section when it’s dinner time.
Beyond that, this balanced meal below includes
- steak, (protein)
- roasted broccoli, (vegetables)
- and some Greek yogurt biscuits (made with the same recipe I used for Greek yogurt pizza crust). (grains)
Other items to eat caprese with include
- BBQ Chicken, corn on the cob.
- Rotisserie chicken and sweet potatoes
- Ground beef with mushrooms and pasta
- Ham with baked potatoes
So, there you have it! I hope you give this a try. If you do, take a picture and tag me on Instagram at @healthbeet!
Best Avocado Caprese Salad
- 10 small grape tomatoes
- 2 ounces mozzarella pearls
- 30 grams chopped avocado
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon course salt
- Slice tomatoes, avocado, and basil. Combine all ingredients.
- Stir gently, and eat.
- If Making ahead, add the avocado just before serving.