Strawberry Salad with Basil and Avocado

This strawberry salad is bursting with flavor from cherry tomatoes, basil, and tangy balsamic. Mixed with creamy avocado, it's perfect for spring!

Strawberry Salad with Basil and Avocado

Years ago, Jack and I went on vacation to the island of Capri where we ate Caprese salads every day. We’d sit at hilltop restaurants overlooking the teal blue Mediterranean Sea. The air was warm, the wine was flowing, and the tomatoes were the sweetest I’d ever tasted. It was a few days after he had proposed and looking back it was the most blissfully happy week of our lives. Or at least that’s the way I remember it. I will spare you the story about strep throat, almost getting seasick on a hydrofoil ride, and trying to find an Italian pharmacy that would sell me an antibiotic. Those memories, while stressful in the moment, seem to fade into the background over time.

Strawberry Salad with Basil and Avocado

So while I remember those perfect 3-ingredient Caprese salads from Italy, I’m going to also, uhh, change the details and bring you my “re-remembered” re-imagined version that includes sweet strawberries, avocado, and toasted pecans!

What’s in this strawberry salad?

This strawberry salad recipe is in our first cookbook and is one of my absolute favorite salads to make throughout the spring and summer. Tomatoes and basil are, of course, a match made in heaven, but if you haven’t tried strawberries and basil, you’re in for a treat. Avocado and fresh mozzarella add creaminess, toasted pecans bring a sweet, nutty flavor, and the whole thing gets drizzled with a little reduced balsamic vinegar for pop.

If you’re vegan, go ahead and skip the mozzarella, and this salad will be delicious just the same! The avocado adds plenty of creaminess, so you won’t miss the cheese.

The best part about this recipe is that it’s so quick (about 15 minutes!) that you’ll want to make it again and again.

Strawberry Salad with Basil and Avocado

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Strawberry Salad with Basil and Avocado
 
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This strawberry salad is bursting with flavor from cherry tomatoes, basil, and tangy balsamic. Mixed with creamy avocado, it's perfect for spring and summer! Skip the mozzarella to make it vegan.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup halved mini mozzarella balls
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and diced
  • ⅓ cup pecans, toasted
  • ⅓ cup loosely packed basil, torn
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar to a high simmer over medium heat. Stir, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vinegar has thickened and reduced by half, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place the strawberries, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, avocado, pecans and basil in a shallow bowl or platter. Drizzle with olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper. Gently toss. Drizzle with the reduced balsamic.
Notes
Make this vegan by omitting the cheese.

 

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  1. I love the story behind this salad – and you’re reimagined recipe even more! The simple and fresh ingredients scream grill-side accompaniment .

  2. Neni from travelandlipsticks.com
    06.05.2017

    Love this simple recipe. Perfect for the hot days we’re currently having.

  3. Gorgeous salad! Even though I’ve seen it in your book, I didn’t realize you had a reason behind pairing strawberries and tomatoes. Genius! And I totally know what you mean about the good feelings from a trip staying with you and the stressful parts fading away.

  4. Taylor Filaroski
    06.05.2017

    I made this yesterday out of your cookbook and checked the blog today to see you had posted it! What a coincidence! I love it, and I’m looking forward to the leftovers for dinner 🙂

  5. Danielle
    06.05.2017

    I will likely be making this recipe after a trip to the Farmer’s Market this weekend for fresh tomatoes! Looks so delicious!

  6. I wished I had seen this over the memorial weekend when I was in GA becuase my girlfriend Shelly has an abundance of strawberries and avocado that they received from a farm in GA. I will send her this recipe to try. take care

  7. Kacy from library.uonbi.ac.ke
    06.05.2017

    This is awesome, Thank you

  8. Bea from abeaslife.ca
    06.06.2017

    This salad looks so good! I love the pecan and strawberry combo… such a fresh and tasty summer dish.

    Cant wait to try it! And you pictures are beautiful.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.07.2017

      thanks Bea!

  9. Natalie
    06.06.2017

    So good and so easy!

  10. Elise
    06.06.2017

    Made this beautiful and delicious salad to celebrate a beautiful summer evening. Couldn’t have been easier to make and the hubby LOVED it. Definitely will be adding to our frequent summer recipe list.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.07.2017

      Hi Elise! I’m so glad it’s making it to the rotation 🙂

  11. angala from grapegravy.com
    06.09.2017

    Beautiful salad! can’t wait to try this one

  12. Hi Jeanine, this would fit perfectly in Food on Friday: June under the berry theme. Hope you bring it on over. You’ll find the link towards the top of my sidebar. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  13. RACHEL SAMUELIAN
    10.28.2018

    LOVE this recipe! Have made it multiple times when having friends over and such. Delicious!

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