If you’ve been following me long enough you know by now that I love caprese. And brushetta. And well….anything tomato and basil and balsamic-inclined. This caprese is a flavorful twist on the original by adding sweet cherries and avocado. Who would have thought that cherries and balsamic go together? Well, they do! And it’s fabulous 🙂
Sweet Cherry Caprese
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
1 T lime juice (about 1 lime)
1 T EVOO
1 tsp balsamic vinegar (or to taste)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
20 fresh cherries, pitted and halved
8 oz. sweet grape tomatoes, halved (yellow works too)
1 ripe avocado, diced
4 oz. mini fresh mozzarella balls (or use a block like I did and dice into small pieces)
In a large bowl add chopped basil, lime juice, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Combine well.
Remove stems and pits from cherries. Cut cherries and tomatoes in half and them to the mixture; toss well.
Drain mozzarella balls and add to salad (cut first if using a block). Toss well to coat.
When ready to serve, gently fold in diced avocado but do not over mix.
*I found this recipe at The Nourishing Home and it was sooooooo good. Avocado doesn’t keep well so be ready to eat it up right away!