Insalata Caprese: Tomato and Mozzarella Salad


My Italian family makes this salad almost every time we get together in the summer! Whether its a graduation, birthday, or pool party, you can be sure everyone will have some on their plate! We like to add cucumber, avocado, and a splash of balsamic vinegar to the traditional ingredients- yum!

Insalata Caprese: Tomato and Mozzarella Salad
Serves 8

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
fresh cracked black pepper
1 cucumber, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 avocado, cut into small pieces
1 pound cherry tomatoes, cut in half
8 ounces of fresh mozzarella balls, cut into bite-sized pieces
8 leaves of fresh basil, torn into strips

1. drizzle the oil, vinegar, and lemon juice over the tomatoes, mozzarella, and cucumber and toss to combine
2. add avocado and pepper to taste and toss very gently to avoid smashing
3. allow to marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or so and serve cold!

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