Friday, March 29, 2013

Avocado Caprese Bites


With the somewhat warm temperature today, I was anxious to make something a little "summery".
Nothing reminds me of summer more than fresh basil. We grow our own basil in the summer (so easy) and always have tons of it all summer long. I love using basil to make homemade pesto, but I also love using it for caprese salad. It's such an easy, delicious appetizer!
 I am a recovering mozzarella addict! So I substituted some ripe avocado for the fresh mozzarella that is traditionally used in caprese salad. The results were super yummy AND I did not miss the cheese!

Ingredients

(serves 2)


  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 1-2 T balsamic vinegar (get the high quality stuff, it's worth the money!)
  • 1T extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • salt and pepper

Method

Slice each tomato into 4 slices so that you have 8 slices total. Then slice avocado into 8 pieces. Arrange tomato slices on a large plate and place one fresh basil leaf on each tomato slice followed by a slice of avocado. Drizzle EVOO  and balsamic over caprese bites. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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