Monday, May 23, 2011

Meatless Mondays: Mozzarella, Tomato and Avocado Salad


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Meatless Mondays do not get much better than this, my friends. I dare you to find a more fresh, delicious salad than this one from Val So Cal. The instant I saw it I fell in love. But then I made it and had a bite and I was done for. These flavors are just perfect together - juicy, crisp cherry tomatoes, soft creamy mozzarella, rich avocado, fresh parsley and basil, lemon juice and olive oil. Serve it with a warm, toasted baguette and you'll be done for too!
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Mozzarella, Tomato and Avocado Salad
Ingredients
1 container cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 carton fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, drained
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1/3 cup basil, julienned (I used my frozen basil I had on hand, it was perfection)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Baguette - optional
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Directions
In a large bowl combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and parsley. Set aside.
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In a small bowl whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper. 
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Pour over tomato mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
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Just before serving stir in the chopped avocado. 
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Serve with a slotted spoon and toasted baguette. 
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24 comments:

  1. ASH, wow this looks so incredible!!! I want to grab it through my computer screen!!! I'm so thrilled that you made it and enjoyed it. Makes me happy!

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  2. I know this is supposed to be a meatless Monday recipe, but I made it on a Saturday and it was just perfect. The avocados keep you full for hours and provides the right kind of fat. Thank you so much for posting!

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  3. How do you freeze your basil?? I haven't found a way I love just yet...I'm looking for ideas!

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    1. trader joe's has frozen basil just as pictured. they also have crushed garlic and cilantro in the mini cube form which is equivalent to a teaspoon.

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  4. Oh wow...I was looking for a recipe that had avocados and this came up in my search...This looks really good and not too hard to make...I think I am going to try it soon and see how mine comes out...

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  5. I made this for my holiday brunch (perfect since it's red and green!) and it was a huge hit! I did add in some cold pasta to stretch the recipe a little bit, and it turned out great.

    So yummy & healthy and I will be making again!

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  6. Just put it in the fridge...having it for dinner with broiled salmon and couscous. YUM! Thank you pinterest for leading me here!

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  7. I'm going to make this tomorrow! I'm soooo excited for it!

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  8. variation idea: add shrimp, fine sliced red onion, and misc peppers, skip the cheese. The juice from a couple limes make up the "dressing". (doesn't make this "meatless" but it is very tasty

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  9. This is all of my favorite flavors! Yum. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Sorry for that Ashley, found it on google. I'm crediting you right now! Best, sasha

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  11. I love this, I add cucumber chunks, gives a little crisp

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  12. How come we can't Pin any of your recipes? They are so great, I want to remember them for the future!

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  13. Looks delicious! Wish I could pin it though.

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  15. Just made this tonight.. Absolutely PERFECT!

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  16. Meatless Mondays- Add meat. Much better.

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  17. How many does this serve?

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  18. ^Did we find out how many this serves yet?

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  19. I've made this a couple of times and it probably serves 4 as a main course, if you add the baguette as she suggests.

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  20. Also, I agree it's a nice side dish to fish and a starch. Or adding shrimp as one person suggested. It's a bit heavy as a standalone.

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  21. Mozzarella Salad Avocado / Tomato/
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    http://foof-drink.blogspot.com/2014/07/mozzarella-salad-avocado-tomato.html

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  22. I just made it like 5 mins ago and it is soooooooo..... tasty. Thank you for this simple fabulous recipe.

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