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Healthy Avocado Caprese Salad (Dairy-Free)

Healthy Avocado Caprese Salad (Dairy-Free)
Servings Vary
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes

If you’re trying to cut back on dairy and miss dishes like Caprese salad, then you’re going to love this Avocado Caprese recipe.

But, you don’t have to be dairy-free to enjoy this one. Everyone loves it.

This recipe is:

Healthy, Vegan, Dairy-Free,
Grain-Free, No-Bake,
Simple-to-Make & Delicious

Healthy avocado Caprese makes the perfect summer side dish or lunch—it’s quickly become one of my favorites to bring to a dinner party and enjoy at home, too.

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Look for ripe, in-season tomatoes as they’ll be sweeter in flavor and sweeter on your wallet, too.

I like this avocado Caprese salad as-is and don’t even miss the cheese on it, but if you tolerate dairy then go ahead and throw some high-quality mozzarella on top to make it more traditional.

The recipe below is written to serve two, but this dish is easily doubled and can be made for larger crowds. I plan for one large tomato, one small avocado, and one small watermelon radish per two people when using this as a side dish.

Healthy Avocado Caprese Salad Ingredient Notes

  • Tomatoes: Look for ripe, in-season tomatoes as they’ll be sweeter in flavor and sweeter on your wallet, too. I used a beautiful yellow heirloom tomato in the photos here.
  • Avocado: The measurements of all ingredients are flexible in this salad. For the avocado, one small avocado serves two people. One large avocado serves four.
  • Watermelon radish: Watermelon radish is a pretty green and pink type of radish. I love it here for the color and extra flavor. It has a mild radish flavor (doesn’t taste anything like watermelon)—it can be omitted if you can’t find one or prefer not to use it. I find the flavor of a regular radish too strong for this dish.
  • Balsamic: Look for aged balsamic vinegar as it will be thicker and sweeter (it’s better for drizzling). I used Napa Valley Naturals Grand Reserve Aged Balsamic Vinegar and found it for a good price on Thrive Market. I also use Thrive Market organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • Basil: Grow your own in a small pot on your patio if you can. A starter organic basil plant is usually less than $5 and can grow basil all summer long.
Healthy Avocado Caprese Salad (Dairy-Free)
 
Prep time:
Total time:
 
Yield: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 small watermelon radish
  • 6-8 large basil leaves
  • balsamic vinegar (look for aged so it's thick)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Slice the tomato and arrange on a plate.
  2. Slice the avocado and add in between the tomatoes.
  3. Thinly slice the watermelon radish on a mandoline and arrange on the plate (the watermelon radish can be omitted if you prefer.)
  4. Thinly slice the basil leaves and sprinkle on top of the salad.
  5. Sprinkle a few pinches of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper over the ingredients.
  6. Drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. The amounts are flexible, I used about three tablespoons of each in the photo here.
  7. Serve immediately.
Notes
- Servings of this recipe vary. I plan for one large tomato, one small avocado, and one small watermelon radish per person when using this as a side dish.
- Look for aged balsamic vinegar as it will be thicker and sweeter (it's better for drizzling).
- Watermelon radish is a pretty green and pink type of radish. It has a mild radish flavor and can be omitted if you can't find one or prefer not to use it. I find the flavor of a regular radish too strong for this dish.

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If you make it, leave a comment below to let us know how it turned out.

Enjoy!

 

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