extreme caprese salad

June 3, 2013 by Lauren

extreme caprese salad

Caprese Salad base:


“Extreme” added ingredient options (our go-tos every time):
-AVOCADOS (you seriously don’t need any olive oil if you mix in an avocado. they are like crack.)
-bell pepper
-crouton-sized bread pieces
-creole seasoning (we use this instead of salt. also like crack)


Other options:
Spinach, lime juice, raw onions, beans, olive oil, salt, rice, I mean SERIOUSLY ANYTHING.

We cut up all the veggies into bite sized pieces, shred the cheese (I definitely prefer little pieces everywhere to a big ole chunk of cheese. I want it in every bite!), and tear the bread up small. We then mix everything together and the avocado makes an amaaaazing coating for everything, almost into a giant guacamole? Then consume consume consume. Just with a fork. Or your face.

We’ve been using fresh tomatoes, bell pepers, and basil straight from our garden! Using food that you grow is amazing, seriously. (If you don’t follow us on da instagrams, we posted a photo of our beautiful bell peppers the other day!)


  1. Cynthia h says:

    Looks delicious. I am always looking for good raw recipes!

  2. Tammy says:

    Have done something similar – we add bowtie pasta for a treat with a little pepperoni – my son loves it!

  3. Lauren says:

    Cynthia – it’s SO good! Plus you can leave out the bread or cheese for certain diets :)

    Tammy – sounds delicious! We’ll hafta try that!

  4. Lynnetta says:

    Last year I discovered the best thing to add to a basic caprese salad. Honeydew! Sounds weird, I know, I know. But trust me, it is delicious.

  5. Lauren says:

    Lynnetta – what! honeydew?? I’m almost grossed out but definitely curious – I’ll hafta try it! Thanks for the tip!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    That looks so good! I’d eat that sitting on my porch with a tall glass of lemonade. I thought of you when I made my lemonade the other day, here’s the story:

  7. Alli says:

    I have something similar to this for lunch almost every day! I like to add avocado, bacon, cucumber, and red peppers to the mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. But sometimes I use cilantro instead of basil. So yummy!


    Looks fabulous…love the cherub tomatoes in the caprese! Thanks for sharing…

  9. Danielle says:

    That does look so good. I need to go buy that yummy mozzarella and make this!

  10. Ximena says:

    Even better if you make your own mozzarela!! Recipe looks delicious!

  11. Barbara Bell says:

    Looks yummy! Love new recipes for the summer!

  12. Rebecca Lin says:

    I’m looking forward to making this!

  13. Crystal says:

    This looks amazing! Putting fresh mozzarella on my list right now!

  14. Moriah says:

    Wish this was already in my mouth :)

  15. Alisha Fine says:

    I’m making this for lunch.

  16. Maha says:

    Woww it looks so good! I´m a salad fan, perfect for summer!

  17. Jennifer Lewis says:

    I stumbled on your blog from a FB craft post. Just made this salad tonight with lime, salt, & pepper. It was really delicious! I don’t know why I never thought of mixing avocado in caprese. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

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