- Yield: 6 servings
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
SlimCado Caprese Salad
It's how you present Caprese salad that differentiates it from simply tomato and cheese slices. But if buffet space is limited, go vertical and make a chopped salad of the ingredients. And while you're chopping, add a SlimCado avocado to give the Italian dish a Floridian taste advantage.
- large tomatoes - 3
- Slimcado avocados - 2
- mozzarella cheese (look for cheese in a cylindrical shape) - 1 lb
- extra-virgin olive oil - 1/4 cup
- balsamic vinegar - 3 tbs
- chopped basil leaves - 3 tbs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For the "tower" of Caprese:
- Use one tomato as a template for the overall shape. Cut tomato into at least 3 (more likely 5 slices is better) thick horizontal slices. Place the bottom slice on the serving plate. Put aside the other slices for now.
- Cut off the bottom and the neck of a SlimCado avocado, just below and above the seed. Put the top and the bottom aside.
- Using a large spoon, run the spoon around the avocado between the skin and the flesh. Separate the skin from the flesh. Discard the skin.
- Starting from the bottom and going around the seed, slice a thick round (about the same thickness as you did with the tomato). With the blade of the knife, push the slice off. Finish slicing the avocado into rounds.
- Slice the mozzarella into thick, round slices. Top the tomato bottom on the serving plate with a mozzarella round about the same size or slightly larger.
- Top the cheese using a SlimCado round about the same size or slightly larger than the mozzarella round.
- Top the SlimCado round with a thick slice of the tomato from its middle.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 with cheese and SlimCado rounds that are slightly smaller than the round below them. Top with the tomato top. Use long toothpicks to keep the stack straight.
For the chopped salad:
1. Using the fruit and cheese not used in the Caprese "tower," chop into 1/2-inch pieces.
2. In a large bowl, toss the fruit, cheese, olive oil, vinegar and chopped basil leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste.