Strawberry Salad with Avocado

My sweeter take on a classic caprese salad, this strawberry salad recipe is bursting with flavor from cherry tomatoes, basil & tangy balsamic.

Strawberry Salad with Balsamic

If there’s one recipe that I suggest you make while strawberries are in season, it’s this one! This is not only my favorite strawberry salad, but it’s one of my favorite salads of all time (and I really like salads). It’s especially great for summer entertaining because it’s SUCH a crowd pleaser. The recipe comes from our first cookbook, and it’s gotten rave reviews, time and time again. The best part is that it has minimal ingredients and it’s super quick to put together.

What’s in this strawberry salad?

This is my extra-special take on a Caprese salad. 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. Here’s what else makes this recipe one of our warm weather favorites:

  • Avocado and fresh mozzarella add creaminess.
  • Toasted pecans bring a sweet, nutty flavor.
  • And an easy balsamic reduction ties it all together with a tangy pop.

Just toss everything together with a generous drizzle of olive oil and pinches of salt and pepper. Then, dig in! 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 Recipe ingredients

Strawberry Salad Recipe Variations

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: salad recipes are some of the most flexible, fun ones out there. Feel free to play with this recipe to use what you have on hand or to suit your individual tastes. Here are some suggestions:

  • Make it a strawberry spinach salad by tossing in a handful of baby spinach. Arugula would be good too!
  • Use a basic balsamic vinaigrette instead of the balsamic reduction and olive oil.
  • For a vegan version, simply skip the cheese! The avocado adds plenty of creaminess, so you really won’t miss it.
  • Stir in a cup of quinoa to make this salad a full meal.
  • Use peaches instead of strawberries for a late summer variation.
  • Try adding another herb! I love berries + mint.
  • Swap the mozzarella for crumbled goat cheese or feta to add a savory, tangy element.

Strawberry Salad Recipe

Strawberry Salad Serving Suggestions

I like to serve this strawberry salad recipe as side dish at cookouts with BBQ jackfruit sandwiches, veggie burgers, black bean burgers, or portobello mushroom burgers.

It would also be good paired with asparagus soup or gazpacho and crusty bread for a light summer meal.

If you loved this strawberry salad recipe…

Be sure to try another of my favorite picnic salads like this broccoli salad, this potato salad, or this pasta salad next!


5.0 from 6 reviews
Strawberry Salad with 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!

  14. Morgan R.
    06.14.2019

    Wow this was so good! I subbed strawberries for leftover peaches I wanted to finish up. (Also used balsamic vinaigrette.)
    Great recipe!

  15. Darina
    06.17.2019

    Looks super easy to make and extremely delicious! I would really love to make this at home!

  16. SP from multiplicationwizard.com
    06.23.2019

    This was delicious! I substituted goat cheese for the mozzarella (did not have any), and it was fantastic.

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