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Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing

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Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing – you’ll love this refreshing, healthy, Mediterranean style salad. Made with fresh ingredients, it’s perfect for the Summer!

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One of my favorite salad dressings ever is just a simple dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey. It goes really well with these salad ingredients:

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This salad is perfect as a stand-alone meal if you’re not too hungry, it makes a great appetizer, and it’s also great to bring for cook-outs, picnics, and potlucks.

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Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing


    Salad ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound (2 cups) red grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pound (2 cups) yellow grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 8 ounces small fresh mozzarella cheese balls
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Dressing ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey, warmed
  • salt, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients, except Mozzarella cheese balls. That is, combine halved red and yellow grape or cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, chopped basil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients: whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey until nice and smooth.
  3. Add the salad dressing to the large bowl with salad, sprinkle with a small amount of salt, and toss to combine. Taste and season with more salt, if needed. Add Mozzarella cheese balls on top only at this point - so that they don't brown from the dressing.



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  • Amy July 19, 2016, 9:32 pm

    I made this but I have to say, mine did not look pretty, in fact it looked fairly unappetizing. Once you add the balsamic and stir it in with everything, mine turned brown. No white mozzarella. No more green avocado. It tasted great but I wouldn’t want to serve this to others looking the way it does!

    • Julia July 27, 2016, 3:17 pm

      Amy, I updated the recipe to reflect a very good point you brought up about Mozzarella turning brown. While I personally don’t care if my Mozzarella turns brown :), I did update the recipe to add Mozzarella cheese balls AFTER the dressing is mixed in the salad.

      • Sabbath Schrader June 20, 2017, 3:18 pm

        Couldn’t you also just use white balsamic?

  • Glenna July 27, 2016, 11:37 am

    I was going to make this to take to a dinner tonight bit after reading the comment, I don’t want to if everything turns brown!

    • Dee Duncan January 18, 2017, 4:01 pm

      I wrapped the avocado separately in parchment with the avocado seed and mixed in prior to serving.

  • Rose August 13, 2016, 11:54 pm

    This sounds and looks absolutely delicious. I just may have to whip up a batch the next time I stock back up on salad supplies. Thank you for this recipe!

  • G. Scott August 27, 2016, 9:18 am

    Use white balsamic

  • Kim January 28, 2017, 9:52 pm

    I made this for a baby shower…it was a huge hit! I added the avocado and mozzarella at the last minute. It was perfect! Definitely a keeper!

    • Julia January 30, 2017, 11:18 pm

      Thank you, Kim! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe and flattered to hear it was a hit at the baby shower!!!!!!!

  • Christine @ myblissfulmess May 27, 2017, 11:32 am

    This is such a beautiful salad! I absolutely love the mozzarella balls in this and the dressing is insanely good.

  • Amanda June 5, 2017, 10:10 pm

    This salad is amazing! Light and perfect for the summer! I would love to feature it on a salad feature on my blog. Thanks!

  • diane June 7, 2017, 3:15 am

    To prevent the “brown” appearance, use WHITE balsamic vinegar!

  • diane June 7, 2017, 3:16 am

    To prevent the “brown” appearance, use WHITE balsamic vinegar.

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