Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad

A paleo take on a Caprese salad with tomatoes and basil fresh from the garden. Heirloom tomato avocado salad is the perfect summer salad. | cookeatpaleo.com

This is my paleo take on a Caprese salad. I substitute avocado for the mozzarella and layer it with heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil from the garden. Heirloom tomato avocado salad is a perfect appetizer for these hot summer nights.

The key to this salad is having perfectly ripe produce. You want the tomatoes and basil at their peak of flavor and the avocado perfectly ripe and creamy. Slice the avocados horizontally to make perfect rounds and toss them in a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Dress the salad simply with the best quality extra virgin olive oil, course sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. You can also drizzle with a nice aged balsamic vinegar if you like.

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 heirloom tomato avocado salad recipe.

A paleo take on a Caprese salad with tomatoes and basil fresh from the garden. Heirloom tomato avocado salad is the perfect summer appetizer. | cookeatpaleo.com

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Caprese Salad
Serves: 4 servings
  1. Cut the avocado around the equator and remove pit. Slice into rounds, then remove peel. Lightly toss avocado slices in lemon juice.
  2. Slice tomatoes and salt lightly.
  3. Layer tomato slices, avocado slices and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, if using. Salt and pepper to taste.


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  1. says

    I really love this recipe. Wanted to let you know that I featured it in my monthly round-up of 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes. I hope a lot of my readers will come over here and try it!

  2. Nina says

    This is so good! We did with lemon instead of vinegar because of allergies…and used reg. tomatoes because didn’t have heirloom. We have made twice in two days – yum! Thanks!

      • Nina says

        Finally got an heirloom…yum! Also put some slices of red onion with it. We are eating it so much we are experiment with it:) Gave it a nice spicy bite. Thanks again!


  1. […] 14. Heirloom Tomato Avocado Salad This is a simple salad that promises the same flavor in each bite, because it’s separated into bite sized pieces. Each serving of tomato comes with a serving of avocado right on top of it, as well as a leaf of fresh basil. Everyone knows that tomato and basil go well together, and they are taking full advantage of it with this recipe. Olive oil adds even more healthy fat to this salad, making it a salad that won’t leave you feeling empty after you finish eating it. This is a great recipe because it can easily be scaled to serve large groups as well as just one person if necessary. […]

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