Smashed avocado on toast with a caprese salad in a mustard and balsamic vinaigrette is the best delicious brunch or midday snack! Who is with me for brunch? Balsamic, mustard, flaky salt I bet your mouth is salivating with these words right? You can tell that I'm remembering the taste as I write this post, you have to make it for yourself or for someone you love, it's so good!
There is no getting away from avocado's if you love them, highly nutritious, creamy and exceptionally versatile you can use it in so many recipes.
The thing that I love most is that when avocado's are in season you can find them everywhere at a fraction of the price which means its avocado recipe time! You can add them to pasta, and yes salads galore but avocado on toast still wins hands down, every time.
I am a big lover of tomatoes but my wonderful Mr hubby wont eat them in a salad sadly 🙁 So whenever I make a Caprese Salad it must be with fresh large tomatoes and fresh mozzarella that's not tossed in anything other than olive oil and balsamic vinegar at the last minute. That's a special order which I respect because the vinegar doesn't get to stain the beautiful white mozzarella slices.
This recipe uses fresh mozzarella cheese not the one you use for grating over your lasagna. Fresh mozzarella comes as small mozzarella cheese balls also known as bocconcini. The other type of fresh Italian cheese is burrata which is also a type of mozzarella, as used in my Super Simple Blackberry Salad With Burrata Cheese and this Italian Caprese Bruschetta (Tomato Bocconcini).
The balsamic vinegar adds acidity and also gives it a bit of 'pizazz' so to speak! There are two types of balsamic vinegar that you can use;
Regular Modena Balsamic Vinegar A lot sharper on the tongue, more of a complex sweetness that explodes in the mouth! This balsamic vinegar soaks up the fresh mozzarella almost staining it in a way. If you are worried about the pristine mozzarella bocconcini staying pearly white, then perhaps add it right before serving. Start by adding a light dressing without balsamic vinegar and add the balsamic at serving. The recipe for my light dressing is in the recipe card below.
Balsamic Glaze/Reduction A sweet, dark and more of a syrup type balsamic which is also very easy to make. I have a recipe on my blog that's a 1 ingredient recipe and is basically a simmering of regular balsamic vinegar until it thickens. If you don't have time to make it, then the store bought ones are very convenient. Balsamic glaze whether homemade or store bought can last a long time.
This avocado on toast topped with a caprese salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar is my absolute favorite! I really don't mind much using regular balsamic vinegar
Avocado Caprese Salad Serving Suggestions
If you want to turn this into a lunch, brunch type of serving here are a few ideas;
- Italian Antipasti
- Cucumber and Onion Salad
- Simple Green Salad With A Yogurt & Basil Dressing
- Raw Carrot Salad
More Italian Recipes
- Balsamic Glaze Recipe
- Super Simple Blackberry Salad With Burrata Cheese
- Italian Summer Salad
- Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce
Avocado Caprese Salad on Toast
- 2 slices toast
- 1 avocado half per toast
- ½ lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove peeled unchopped
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive
- salt and pepper
- 2 40 grams bocconcini
- 200 grams cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
- 1 /2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 /4 tsp Calabrese spice Smell and Taste
- balsamic glaze
- Preheat the grill of your oven to toast the bread.
- Brush the bread with olive oil, both sides. Toast till golden brown, flip and toast the other side.
- In a bowl use a fork to smash the avocado, add the lemon, salt & pepper.
- Rub the garlic over the toasted bread. Just the side where the filling will go.
Caprese Salad and Dressing
- In a jar, mix the caprese salad dressing ingredients, shake to combine. In a bowl add the caprese salad ingredients and pour the dressing over.
- Spread the avocado over the toast, top it off with the caprese salad and flaky salt.
- Right before serving, drizzle balsamic glaze. Enjoy!
- Balsamic Glaze is a simmered reduction of balsamic vinegar. You can make your own or you can buy it. Both the homemade version and store bought last a long time since the taste is powerful you use just a little. Balsamic Glaze Recipe