ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Caprese Salad with cucumber and tomatoes

Updated on March 28, 2014

Please rate this dish!

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Caprese Salad

Yum!

A Caprese Salad with a twist

This is a delicious fresh Caprese salad. You can prepare this vegetarian style only or add some meat for a more Carnivorous meal. Even adding pasta will make it a great summer side for a picnic or BBQ. It is very light, but equally filling.

We like to add meat or pasta to make it larger when serving as a side dish, and to give it more texture, which is not traditional, but gives it a unique twist! However, when you add meat or pasta you should double up on the oil and vinegar to keep the flavor consistent.

This salad is often served best during warm summer months because it is so refreshing. If you're not a big fan of avocado, you can leave that out!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: Makes about 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 Avocado, Diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Salami or chicken (optional), chopped
  • 1 cup Pasta (optional), cooked and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups Fresh mozzarella cheese, balls or cubed
  1. Wash your cucumbers and dry them off well. Cut into 1/4 inch slides then quarter those again. This will leave you with triangular-shaped cucumber pieces.
  2. Wash and dry the tomatoes, and cut those into quarters
  3. Dice the avocado, and cube the fresh mozzarella if needed
  4. If you are adding pasta, prepare that now. You can use any pasta you like, we usually use Penne. Drain the pasta well.
  5. If you are adding any kind of meat, such as salami, or chicken, chop that now.
  6. Place all your ingredients into a large bowl, pour on the oil, vinegar, garlic powder, and salt and pepper, mix thoroughly.
  7. If you have added pasta, it tastes best if chilled for an hour in the refrigerator. If you have not used pasta, serve immediately for the freshest taste.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Careermommy profile image

      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This looks great! Similar to a pasta dish I make and really enjoy. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • My Cook Book profile image

      Dil Vil 

      5 years ago from India

      Delicious and healthy salad. Thanks for the share, i will try this one.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)