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Chopped Caprese Salad Recipe made healthy with avocado, mozzarella and edamame beans for an extra protein kick. | ifoodreal.com
Chopped caprese salad with all ingredients of a caprese salad combined with edamame beans for extra protein and just because I love them. Oh, and persian cucumbers, those water packed, cancer fighters and hangover curing little guys. And if you ask me, no good salad is complete without avocado, like avocado fruit salad and avocado lettuce salad. This superfood is full of healthy fats, so don’t worry.

We never get to eat caprese salad because I’m not slice-it, layer-it, drizzle-it kind of girl. I’m chop-it, mix-it, smash-it kind of woman because I have kids and I’m married. These skills have transpired into casseroles like quinoa gratin. It was time to fix the issue. I had previously purchased fresh mozzarella cheese from Costco. Did you know you can freeze it?! Persian cucumbers are in season, long English cucumber would work too. Cherry tomatoes and avocado, then edamame.

Chopped Caprese Salad Recipe made healthy with avocado, mozzarella and edamame beans for an extra protein kick. | ifoodreal.com

All friends know I’m organic on a budget food type of girl. So, last time at the market, I saw organic edamame beans, got 3 bags and off I went. Well, when it was time to make chopped caprese salad, I discovered edamame I bought are still in the pods. So, if you are as blonde as me or you just have too many kids and a husband, just shell the beans before boiling. Easier route is to buy widely available shelled edamame beans.

Chopped Caprese Salad Recipe made healthy with avocado, mozzarella and edamame beans for an extra protein kick. | ifoodreal.com

You can make this chopped caprese salad ahead, just keep the dressing separate until it’s time to serve. Fresh mozzarella cheese absorbs liquids easily and will turn darker colour from a balsamic vinegar. So, just for the sake of prettiness. You can also drizzle the dressing on individual salads.

Chopped Caprese Salad with Edamame

Chopped Caprese Salad with Edamame

Ingredients

  • 1 cup edamame beans, shelled
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 persian cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 cup or 7 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 7 basil leaves, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Cook edamame beans as per package instructions. All they need is just being boiled for 5 minutes on medium heat. Drain. Add to a medium bowl along with tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado and mozzarella cheese.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients, pour over vegetables and cheese, mix gently enough to combine. Serve cold.
  3. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 1 day.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 5

Amount Per Serving = 1 cup:
Calories: 239.6
Total Fat: 15.9 g
Cholesterol: 28.0 mg
Sodium: 138.4 mg
Total Carbs: 15.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
Protein: 11.8 g
WW Points+: 7

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12 Comments

  1. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    I love anything having to do with caprese! This looks delicious. 🙂 I’ve never seen a salad with this combo before and I think this would be a real crowd pleaser to bring to someone’s house..different yet classic.

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