Friday, July 25, 2014

Vegan Caprese Appetizer

avocado tomatoes and basil on a rectangular plate

Looking for a vegan appetizer or supersalad? This one is perfect. Just one look at this incredible creation and you will understand why it tastes amazing even without the traditional cheese that is usually in a Caprese salad. 

This is my vegan version of a tomato and mozzarella Caprese salad appetizer. I substituted avocado for the sliced mozzarella.

I served this appetizer at a party a few weeks ago. Believe me when I tell you that here was not a morsel left. No one seemed to miss the cheese.

platter of vegan appetizers with avocado, tomatoes

It's amazing how many people prefer not to eat cheese these days. Some people are following a vegan diet, some are just not eating dairy for allergy reasons, and others feel that cheese is too fattening. Whatever the reason, a dairy free appetizer is a good choice to serve at parties.

Our Jersey tomatoes are just starting to come into season and my patio is full of fresh herbs in pots.  I love the contrast of the rich red Jersey tomato against the lovely green avocado, fresh basil and thick juicy cucumber. I had a few sprigs of fresh rosemary from my garden so I placed them on it as well. Doused with a little sea salt and lemon juice, this tasted sensational.

avocado , basil, and tomato appetizer

vegan appetizer display

I'm including more healthy fats such as avocado into my daily diet. The fats keep me full longer and I don't seem to be craving as many snacks. 

I finish my last meal by 7:00 pm and then I don't eat again until around 11:00 am. This gives me my 16 hours. I do drink my weight loss apple cider vinegar cocktail around 9:00 AM. ( and then I exercise). I'm amazed that I am not hungry, my blood sugar stays stabilized, and I am truly hungry around 11:00.

I usually eat a large green salad with some tomatoes, red peppers, cucumbers etc. and some protein and some avocado or salad dressing. If I get hungry before dinner ( 5:30 or 6:00 ish?) I snack on some nuts.

The key is to eat enough healthy fats to stabilize the blood sugar and satiate. I do eat dairy because I'm a vegetarian and I'm trying to eat lower carbs so I have been cutting out beans and grains.

Even I can't believe that I'm not hungry and craving. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks and have lost 6 pounds - my cravings are mostly gone.

This appetizer fits into my eating plan perfectly. I really do try to focus on including lots of fresh herbs from my garden like different varieties of basil, rosemary, thyme etc. which are packed with antioxidants.

Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 7-10 minutes
Cook Time: None

2 avocados, sliced
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 cup fresh basil , chopped
2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
juice of 1/2 lime or lemon or balsamic vinegar
Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Arrange tomatoes, avocado, and cucumber on a plate by placing the tomato first, a piece of cucumber behind it and a piece of avocado on top of the tomato. Sprinkle with freshly chopped basil and sprigs of rosemary. Drizzle lemon juice on top of salad toppings and then add the salt and pepper.

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  1. What a great idea to substitute in the avocado in for the mozzarella-this appetizer looks fabulous! Have a good weekend Judee!

  2. I would just eat this as my meal! ;-) Avocado makes it even better and more satisfying than the cheese.
    Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week.

  3. Whoo this looks so tasty Judee, yummy :)

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays

  4. Hi Judee,
    With a spread like that, this is a party that I want to be invited to! This appetizer will be such a hit at any party. I adore the flavor combination of avocado and tomato so I am delighted that you shared this healthy and delicious recipe with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing!

  5. Your healthy eating plan does sound like it is going well,Judee, and your Vegan Caprese Appetizer looks like a wonderful summery treat! I love this kind of salad - fresh, healthy and delicious! Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will tweet too!

  6. I love Caprese but have never had it with avocado looks amazing. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  7. Great starter for this time of year. Pinned. Thanks for coming to foodie friday.

  8. What a great twist on a Caprese salad - love it! Karen

  9. I love the combination of tomato and avocado, this salad sounds wonderful!

  10. Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party.

  11. I just love this combination of Veggies for your Caprese Platter, awesome! We always enjoy your post at Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing them with us. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. How delightful is this? I love the avocado standing in for mozzarella. Can't wait to try a version of this (without the oil, since I can't have it) at home!

  13. This looks so yummy. Forget appetizer I could make a whole meal out of this. I am so happy that you shared this link on #HomeMattersParty and I hope you will come back and share again.

  14. Oooh avocado instead of cheese - nicely swapped! The fresh rosemary is a nice touch too.
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays - I appreciate your contributions and am pinning this recipe.

  15. What a yummy vegan appetizer! You'll know where to find me when this appetizer is on the table! Thanks for sharing your healthy and delicious Vegan Caprese Appetizer recipe with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing. Wishing you a healthy, happy year ahead!

  16. What a luscious looing salad/appetizer. You sure made a colorful, tempting dish!


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