Sunday, March 25, 2012

Avocado Mozzarella Insalata Caprese Appetizer With Creamy Blue Cheese Balsamic Dressing

An addictive easy appetizer you and your guests will love !


2 large roma or vine ripe tomatoes (rinsed) cleaned and diced
2 avocados (rinsed) cleaned and diced
2 cloves of garlic minced fine
Optional: calamata olives sliced or wrinkled black Italian olives
8 oz fresh mozzarella ball or already sliced mozzarella cheese rounds
Sauce:
1 cup blue cheese dressing or light sour cream (see below for recipe)
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
Sprigs of fresh Italian Parsley or Basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Mix the blue cheese with honey and vinegar set aside.
In the meantime:
Dice tomatoes . Clean avocado and dice, plus remove seed and peel. Cut mozzarella in rounds or you can buy it already sliced, mine wasn't pre sliced. Arrange slices on serving platter, mix the diced tomatoes, avocado, garlic and olives and place on top of the cheese slices. Sprinkle with pepper.  Drizzle with sauce. Garnish with  fresh basil or parsley.





Fabulous Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
1 cup (8 ounces) Hellmann's mayonnaise
1/2 cup (4 ounces) sour cream
2 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
7 ounces best quality blue cheese, crumbled 

Mix all together and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving.

12 comments:

Bo said...

Looks delicious...I like it all...the avocado and blue cheese dressing...Very creative!

Angie's Recipes said...

Bluecheese dressing sounds fantastic! The salad must be very tasty paired with it.

Tina said...

I really do like the elements you pulled together in this one-yum! This makes me think of having a nice elegant meal out on the patio. This is a unique appetizer and definitely one that will please and surprise everyone. Well done!

Greg said...

I like the sounds of this. Definitely a great spring/summer appetizer. I did notice that you made it the colors of the Italian flag.

Peggy said...

I love the beautiful presentation of this Claudia!

Kiri W. said...

What a creative twist! I bet this tastes fantastic, and the colors are beautiful.

Bloggy Writer said...

Delicious, seeing the avocado and finally the complete recipe my mouth has started watering.

Victoria said...

What a great alternative to a traditional Caprese. I love the avocado in there and the dressing is fabulous too!

Alida said...

Deliziosa. Ottimo antipasto!

Jennifer said...

Fancy! That looks good!

the food dude said...

Awesome flavor combo, and beautiful photos!

Joanne said...

Great job, Claudia. It looks delicious.