Friday, August 19, 2011

Avocado / Tomato/ Mozzarella Salad

Avocados

Never had them? Don't think you like them?
DON'T LEAVE!
Keep reading.

We were in the same "I don't like avocados" boat
Funny thing was...we had never even tasted one!
Just thought we didn't like them. They are green.  Guacamole was slimy and green. 
No way can that taste good!  But you know what?  
THEY TASTE GOOD! 
No not good.
REALLY GOOD!
And they are good for you.
Try them. 


Dakota came up with this recipe for
Avocado / Tomato /  Mozzarella Salad
It is even better than good.
It is awesome.


Summertime
when there are lots of garden fresh tomatoes
That is a great time to make this salad.



 Besides tasting so great 
did you know that avocados are good for you too?
According to the avocado website www.avocado.org 
they provide nearly 20 essential nutrients,
including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid.



You need fresh mozzarella!
It is a must.
Do not use the bricks of mozzarella.
Not the same.
Not even close.
Get a ball of fresh mozzarella.


No picture of it out of the package because we had to cube it
as soon as we took it out.
(There is a "fresh mozzarella monster" in this house.
He loves to eat it straight out of the package.)
 It IS that good.


Avocados make great food for babies and toddlers too.
The "little spoonful", Dylan, in our family (1 1/2 year old) 
loves a mashed up avocado with a little olive oil and basil mixed in.
He will gobble than down... FAST! 


 Dakota's
Avocado / Tomato /Mozzarella Salad 


2 avocados (peeled, pitted, & cubed)
2 - 3 tomatoes (cubed) 
1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese (cubed)
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. basil (we used dried, but you could use fresh)
salt & pepper (to taste...I like it saltier than Dakota does)

Put the cubes of avocados, tomatoes, 
and mozzarella in a bowl.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Add basil, salt & pepper.
Mix lightly. 
Enjoy.
(Best to eat it right away.
At room temperature.)

 

61 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, that looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. It's cold and snowy right now, but this reminds me of summer...can't wait to use my imagination and pretend it's here!

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  3. Hi there, just thought we'd let you know that we stumbled on your recipe here, and wanted to share it on our Facebook Page.

    www.facebook.com/AustralianAvocados

    Keep up the good work! (Feel free to share any other yummy avocado recipes with us - we're always on the hunt)

    Cheers,
    The team at Australian Avocados :-)

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    1. Thanks for sharing! We were thrilled and you made our day!

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  4. Another thing you could add is a dash of balsamic vinegar! :)

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    1. It is so good with balsamic vinegar as well! Just made this with everything above, plus the balsamic and whole basil leaves. YUMMY!!

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  5. Simple and yummy. Thanks for the delicious looking suggestion.

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  6. I'm a high school teacher and I'm fixing this for my "lunch bunch" today. Can't wait for their reactions.

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  7. Bet this would be fabulous with some balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top.

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  8. We are glad everyone is enjoying this recipe.

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  9. A drizzle of basalmic is yummy to add!

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  10. Have done something very similar but w/o the cheese. This is on our lunch menu for tomorrow! I am doing Weight Watchers and this is a definite "yes"!

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  11. Teeny dash of tarragon might liven it up....i have a similar recipe with gorgonzola and some fresh grated parmesan...

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  12. This looks awesome. I've gone gluten free in the last year, and it has completely changed my diet. This looks like a must!

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  13. I cannot wait to try this! I might add some tortollini to it and eat it for lunch :) YUM!

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  14. Just had this for lunch, but I added balsamic vinger and oregano. YUMMY!!!

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  15. This looks delish... I want some now!

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  16. Do you have any problems with the avocados turning brown on you? I am the only one who would eat this at my house, so I was wondering about storage. How many days will it keep

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    1. You can use plastic wrap and put it directly on the salad but it will likely still brown. The better option would be to put the whole salad together except the avocado. Then cut half an avocado each time you want to eat it. Store the other half with the pit, covered in plastic wrap in the fridge till you're ready for some more!

      www.kideats.co

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    2. Put just a bit of chopped onion with the avocado in a ziploc bag to keep the avocado from turning brown.

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    3. You could save the pit and add it to the dish before storing, this might keep it from turning brown! Yum I need to make some soon...

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    4. If you add some lemon juice it stops the avocados from turning brown. Also for guacamole :)

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  17. I'm here from Pinterest . . . I've never tried basil with avocados but that sounds yummy! We do a summer salad that's similar and delicious. We use corn, cut from the cob, cilantro, lime juice and olive oil. Great blog! I'l be sure to check out your other posts!

    www.kideats.co

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  18. I was thinking some marinated artichokes might be nice :)

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    1. I WasThinkingThatToo!

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  19. would be good with chicken too.

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  20. Thanks for the awesome recipie. Just made it tonight. Just blogged it!! Thanks again for a yummy healthy recipie

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    1. What is the name of your blog? We would love to check it out.

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  21. I'm stationed in Sicily, where fresh mozzarella is a staple. We also have buffalo milk mozzarella, which I love even more, so I'm going to try making this with that instead!

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  22. Man this looks so good. Found you on pinterest can't wait to read more.

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  23. I love this salad, though I prefer red wine vinaigrette!

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  24. I had never thought of combining mozzarella with avocado, but it does sound good.

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  25. Think I could get away without using Basil? I dislike the taste of basil.

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  26. @Joanna... yes, you can forget the basil, but how about adding fresh chopped Italian parsley?

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  27. Just a couple of ideas... a sprinkle of lemon juice will help the avocado not to brown and the BEST mozzerella cheese to use is buffalo mozzerella. You can find it at most Italian high-end specialty shops.

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  28. Ohhh this sounds so delish its definitely on the menu for tomorrow! Happy happy pintrest find, so well photographed! The picture brings the flavors to mind so quickly, can't wait to try it out =)

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  29. This looks and sounds delish! I think I may try it with cilantro in place of the basil tho. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  30. Definitely some balsamic and fresh basil

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  31. Is there calorie information available?

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    1. We do not have the calorie info but this site might help: http://caloriecount.about.com/foods

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  32. I AM ANXIOUS TO TRY THIS.BEAUTIFUL PICTURE-MAKES YOU WANT IT NOW!! I SENT THIS TO MY DAUGHTER IN DALLAS..SHE WILL LOVE THIS AND SHE HAS ACCESS TO FRESH MOZARELLA WHEREAS I DO NOT :(

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    1. We have found our fresh mozzarella at our local grocery store and also our WalMart carries it in the specialty cheese section.

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  33. Anybody know how many calories would be in a serving?

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    1. We do not have the calorie info but this site might help: http://caloriecount.about.com/foods

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  34. This is delicious! I saw the pictures and headed to my kitchen to make it. I did add a dash of balsamic vinegar and mmmm!

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  35. I saw this on pinterest (pinned it-hope that was ok) and can't wait to try it!

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  36. This looks delish, I'm not a fan of raw tomato so I would sub for roasted red peppers. Grilled or poached chicken breast and a bit of pasta (orzo, tortolonni, farfalle, penne) would make it a complete meal. I'll be adding this to my meal planner for the next week :-)

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  37. Never heard of putting onion in with avocado to keep it from browning. Will have to try. Lemon/lime doesn't always seem to work.

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  38. Wow! This caught my eye on Pintrest...it looks great! I am a new follower. Patsy

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  39. I make a mozzarella, cucumber, and tomato with olive oil, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar in the summer and this looks like another great idea. As for avocados turning brown, I sprinkle lemon or lime juice on them, salads I want to store in fridge, and sliced apples. Not only does it keep them from browning but it also keeps it fresh tasting and looking. Thanks for a new recipe.
    Cindy Wilson

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  40. I've made this salad several times now and it's absolutely delicious and so simple! I'm even using it for a recipe I need to bring to a bridal shower this weekend. Thanks for posting it!

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  41. omg..... will be making this this weekend,thanks for shareing

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  42. We make this ALL the time. However, for the dressing we use "Girads Champagn Dressing" and add chopped cilentro. Yummy!

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  43. I stumbled across this recipe via Pinterest. I made it for the second time last night. If you use fresh basil and add some balsamic vinegar, I swear, it'll change your life! Thank you for sharing such tasty goodness!

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  44. How many servings does this recipe make? I made it tonight and it's delicious!

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  45. I've made this a couple of times and it is so ridiculously amazing. I didn't have mozzerella tonight, so I left that out and it is still awesome. THANKS!

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  46. yummm I want to make it now. what can you eat it with?

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  47. Love this recipe, I've made it often. I actually made an accidental variation because I didn't bring the recipe with me and mixed it up with another one. A tasty oops! I used cilantro instead of basil and added a little lime juice, light and tasty!

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