AVOCADO SALAD WITH TOMATOES, MOZZARELLA, BASIL PESTO

Avocado Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Basil Pesto – healthy recipe packed with nutrients and lots of fresh ingredients!  Perfect Spring and Summer salad!   Small fresh Mozzarella cheese balls are delicious when combined with avocado in this easy salad that also features red and yellow cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions.  The dressing for this avocado salad couldn’t be easier to make – just combine fresh basil pesto with lemon juice!  Basil pesto makes a perfect salad dressing as it is packed with olive oil.




One of many reasons that I love Summer is that it’s a perfect time of the year to make salads. I’ve been making all kinds of salads, including my favorite beet salad with spinach, goat cheese, and cashews and strawberry spinach salad.  Well, now I’ve got another favorite!  This recipe just screams Summer!  I love using red and yellow cherry tomatoes (each sliced in half) in this avocado salad because they add natural color and look really good with the small fresh Mozzarella cheese balls and other diced ingredients.   So easy to make!  Just combine all the ingredients together, toss with a simple basil pesto dressing and the salad is ready!

INGREDIENTS FOR AVOCADO SALAD

1/2 pound red cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 pound yellow cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
2 avocados , diced
1 cucumber , sliced
1/3 cup red onion , diced
8 ounces small fresh mozzarella cheese balls

HOW TO MAKE EASY BASIL PESTO DRESSING FOR AVOCADO SALAD

My favorite salad dressing for salads is just plain olive oil.  Which is why basil pesto (which has olive oil as one of its ingredients) makes a perfect salad dressing for my avocado salad.
To make the dressing, just combine fresh basil pesto (I used 1/4 cup) with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. After you add the dressing to the salad, season the salad with salt and pepper, to taste.

I used to make my own basil pesto all the time, but these days you can buy really good pre-made fresh basil pesto in the store, so I just used store-bought basil pesto for this avocado salad.

MAIN DISHES THAT GO GREAT WITH AVOCADO SALAD

Many grilled meats, such as grilled chicken, grilled pork, grilled or roasted lamb will go great with this salad. Also, since this avocado salad is very Mediterranean, any Mediterranean style main dishes will do.  And don’t forget about the fish.  Such as salmon or trout.  I cook fish a lot, and here are some of my favorite fish recipes go with this avocado and mozzarella salad:
The following Mediterranean chicken recipes will also be perfect to go with this avocado salad:

MY OTHER FAVORITE AVOCADO SALAD RECIPES


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Avocado Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil Pesto-5
Avocado Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil Pesto
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Healthy and delicious Spring and Summer salad: Avocado Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil Pesto.  Simple recipe that uses fresh ingredients: tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, fresh small Mozzarella cheese balls, red onions, and basil pesto dressing.  
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Servings6 people
Calories264 kcal
AuthorJulia
Ingredients
Avocado Salad Ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound red cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pound yellow cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados , diced
  • 1 cucumber , sliced
  • 1/3 cup red onion , diced
  • 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella cheese balls
Salad Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine halved red and yellow cherry or grape tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced cucumber, diced red onion, small fresh mozzarella cheese balls.
  2. Add basil pesto and lemon juice to the salad and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Use more basil pesto, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Avocado Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 142mg6%
Potassium 585mg17%
Total Carbohydrates 11g4%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A10.5%
Vitamin C26.6%
Calcium17.7%
Iron5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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