Light, healthy and ridiculously easy to make, this Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad will be your new favorite vegetarian, gluten free, low carb dish! It makes a wonderful side dish or you can easily add shredded chicken to make it a complete meal.
Isn’t this an incredibly beautiful salad? All of my favorites in one dish.
I like to eat salads all year long, but there’s just something about a good old, fresh delicious salad in the spring and summer. Obviously ether are a bigger variety of vegetables available, but don’t they just seem to taste better in the warmer weather?
With that being said, I also like to keep my salads simple and healthy. I don’t want to spend hours chopping and preparing.
I want to make something simple that everyone will love. And you really can not go wrong with a Caprese salad.
I make this every summer even more times than I can even count. Sometimes when I don’t have as much time I just cut up the raw tomatoes and add them to this salad.
But there is something special about roasting tomatoes hat really brings out the deep flavor. They taste and smell delicious (not that I would know, but I can remember when I used to taste and smell!)
I roasted these tomatoes in the skillet because most of the time it’s too hot to turn on the oven in summer, but you can easily throw the tomatoes on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven too.
These ingredients are so simple and they blend together perfectly. One thing I must say is please do not substitute dried basil for fresh basil in this salad.
Normally things like this don’t matter much to me but in this salad fresh basil is a necessity.
Trust me on this.
Ok, so I have made this salad probably close to a hundred times, that is not an exaggeration. I personally like the Roma or plum tomatoes best, but you can also use grape tomatoes and slice them in half.
I think it’s all about personal preference. Or whatever you have readily available.
I am telling you, roasting the tomatoes brings out such a robust flavor. And from what I remember, they smell wonderful too.
I’ve had quite a few of you reach out to me and let me know that you have also lost your taste and smell. Most of you have gotten them back already but still have those weird “phantom” tastes and smells (things that you are tasting and smelling but aren’t actually there).
It helps a lot to hear from you and most have positive stories to share which gives me hope, so thank you for that. Please keep sharing the positivity, we definitely need more of that these days.
Ok, back to my beautiful salad.
What’s fun about this salad is that it has such a gorgeous presentation too. And dare I say that the colors are festive for the holidays too?
I eat this Caprese salad all year long. It is definitely my favorite go-to salad these days.
The only caveat is that if you do prep this salad ahead of time (which I usually do, especially if I am entertaining) you must add the avocado right before you serve it or it will turn brown.
I am sure most of you know this, but I just wanted to remind you guys. Brown avocados are not pretty at all.
Like I said earlier, you can easily add rotisserie chicken or even shrimp to this to add some protein. Some of you might even like to add some white beans or chickpeas for some added protein and fiber (if you aren’t following a low carb diet).
Go ahead and make this your own, delicious salad.
I kept it super simple with just a touch of lemon juice but you can also use apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar if you’d like. I have made this with both and they were all very tasty.
You can also sprinkle a balsamic glaze on top right before serving which is mouthwatering as well.
Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad
- 10 Roma or Plum tomatoes
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 cups fresh Mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- Preheat a skillet with olive oil. Chop tomatoes in quarters and place them face down in the skillet for two minutes each side, or untill roasted.
- Peel avocado and remove pit. Chop it in bite-sized pieces.
- Add roasted tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese and avocado to a salad bowl.
- Drizzle over with olive oil, toss gently. Add basil leaves.
- Transfer to a shallow serving bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then serve immediately.
- Due to the simplicity of this salad, top-rate ingredients like extra virgin olive oil and ripe roma tomatoes are a must.
- Oregano is always a good idea with these salads.
- Feel free to use balsamic vinegar or even apple cider vinegar.
I wanted to share some more delicious, healthy salads that I thought you might enjoy. You can also use the search bar on my website, I have tons of amazing, nutritious salads that I know you will love.
Low Carb Artichoke Greek Cauliflower Rice Salad from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Cobb salad from Downshiftology with Lisa Bryan
Keto Avocado Salmon Salad from All Day I Dream About Food
Summer Asian Slaw from Love and Lemons
Spinach and Strawberry Salad from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Chickpea Salad from iFoodreal
Chicken BLT Salad from Sugar Free Mom
Easy Zucchini Salad from Amee’s Savory Dish
Quinoa Black Bean Avocado Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
If you make this Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad or any of the other recipes I have shared with you, please some back and let me know. You guys know that I love to hear from you!
I hope you enjoy these! Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon!