Avocado Caprese Salad (Keto, Vegan, Paleo)

This avocado Caprese salad is bursting with fresh flavors from the garden. It’s a deliciously simple dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, and vegan summer salad that’s also keto, low carb and Whole30 friendly.

Avocado Caprese Salad with heirloom tomatoes and basil fresh.

This simple fresh tomato avocado salad is a perfect appetizer for these hot summer nights.

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What you’ll need

Traditionally, Caprese salad includes layers of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. Well, this is my dairy-free take on the classic so you won’t need any mozzarella.

I substitute avocado for the fresh mozzarella and layer it with heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil from the garden. The avocado adds a creaminess that contrasts with the sweetness and acidity of the tomatoes.

The key to this easy avocado salad is having perfectly ripe produce. You want your heirloom tomatoes and basil at their peak of flavor, and the avocado perfectly ripe and creamy.

And, of course fresh basil is what really takes this salad over the top. If you have an herb garden, you can just cut off what you need to top the salad. I keep a pot of basil growing on the deck or in the kitchen to use in recipes.

Other than that, you’ll need a few basic pantry ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and a clean balsamic vinegar if you like. Be sure to look for one with no sugar added.

How to put it together

Slice the avocados horizontally to make perfect rounds so they fit neatly on the tomato slices. Watch the video to see exactly how to do it!

Don’t forget to toss the avocado slices in a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Dress the salad simply with the best quality extra virgin olive oil, coarse sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper.

Caprese salad with tomatoes and basil fresh.

You can also drizzle with a nice aged balsamic vinegar if you like. The tangy balsamic pairs perfectly with the creamy avocado and EVOO. That’s it—it really is that simple to make a gorgeous summer salad.

With summer produce at its peak of freshness, you hardly have to do anything to it. Let the fresh summer flavors shine through and enjoy this quick and easy tomato avocado Caprese salad recipe any night of the week.

More easy salads

If you love fresh simple salads, here are some more easy recipes to try:

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