Mexican Caprese Salad

We’re marrying my favorite summer foods together, a classic Italian salad and Mexican flavors! Today’s Mexican Caprese is a nod to an Italian specialty, yet with bold Mexican spice.

Mexican Caprese Salad! #mexican #caprese #salad

We spent over three weeks in Italy this summer. As fantastic as the food was, I’m ashamed to admit, there were a few times I craved a little more variation in our meals.

One night in Florence we were drawn into a Chinese restaurant by the thick aroma of garlic and sweet ginger wafting from the windows. Who knew asian restaurants in Italy were so irresistible?! Another day we watched the US play in the World Cup and ate burgers. Other than that, we ate cured meats, cheese, rustic bread, apricots, cherries, eggplant, seafood, and a lot of pasta.

I loved it all. Even a classic caprese platter seemed more enticing in Italy.

Easy Mexican Caprese Salad! #mexican #caprese #salad

Yet the one food I craved with passion, and could never find in Italy, was Mexican cuisine. A guide asked us one day if we were missing home. I quickly told him the only thing I was missing was Mexican food.

Simple Mexican Caprese Salad! #mexican #caprese #salad

I would even look for Mexican spices or ingredients when strolling through Italian markets… just in case. And once I ordered a caprese salad in a restaurant and when it came to the table I couldn’t stop thinking about how good it would taste with a little hot sauce.

So that’s exactly how this Mexican Caprese came to be.

Making a Mexican Caprese Salad! #mexican #caprese #salad

I took the classic caprese elements of fresh tomatoes and mozzarella, then swapped the basil for avocado and cilantro, and the olive oil for my favorite Old El Paso Taco Sauce.

And you know what? This slight, yet bold, change is a tasty twist on the original that is completely addictive. Fusion food at its finest!

Must-Make Mexican Caprese Salad! #mexican #caprese #salad

The rest of the summer, I’ll be serving this simple Mexican Caprese at backyard barbecues and weekend parties because it’s so quick to make and pairs well with all your grilled summer favorites. I served it to my family with seared flank steak and the kids fought over the last few zesty tomatoes as if they were candy.


Amazing Mexican Caprese Salad! #mexican #caprese #salad


Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Mexican Caprese Salad


  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and cut into strips or wedges
  • 1 large fresh mozzarella ball, halved and sliced into wedges
  • 2 teaspoons Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix (I used the reduced sodium variety.)
  • 2 tablespoons Old El Paso Taco Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro


  1. Cut the tomatoes, avocado, and mozzarella ball into wedges. Place the tomatoes into a bowl and sprinkle with Old El Paso Taco Seasoning. Toss to coat. Then arrange the tomatoes, avocados, and mozzarella on a platter or large plate.
  2. Drizzle Old El Paso Taco Sauce over the top. Then sprinkle with fresh cilantro over the caprese salad. Salt and pepper if needed.

More Mexican Favorites

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos – Picky Palate

Bacon Breakfast Tacos – Gimme Some Oven

Peach and Melon Cocktail – Sweet Life Bake

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions are my own.

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24 Responses to “Mexican Caprese Salad”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 28, 2014 @ 4:49 am

    I would have never thought to make a caprese salad with a Mexican flair – totally diggin this fiesta for mah taste buds! Pinning :)


  2. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — July 28, 2014 @ 5:07 am

    This is genius Sommer! I love caprese and Mexican so I’m digging this twist on the classic caprese….so great.


  3. #
    Jenny Flake — July 28, 2014 @ 6:42 am

    Love this Mexican twist on caprese salad!


  4. #
    Tieghan — July 28, 2014 @ 6:42 am

    I love that this is so simple, but so genius and creative at the same time! Mexican caprese sounds delicious!


  5. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 28, 2014 @ 7:05 am

    What a fantastic idea!! SO simple, but makes perfect sense!


  6. #
    Christy — July 28, 2014 @ 7:12 am

    This looks so gorgeous and so creative!


  7. #
    Maria — July 28, 2014 @ 7:14 am

    Fun salad! Love the Mexican twist!


  8. #
    alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — July 28, 2014 @ 7:28 am

    Looks so good and easy!


  9. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 28, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    Love this spin on the traditional caprese salad! What a great idea, Sommer!


  10. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — July 28, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    Great twist on one of my favorite salads.


  11. #
    Gaby — July 28, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    Absolutely love this!


  12. #
    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — July 28, 2014 @ 8:34 am

    Love the idea of fusing Italian and Mexican flavors!


  13. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — July 28, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    It’s always so interesting to discover the things we miss when we travel. Love this simple change up that adds a whole new twist to this classic dish. Looks so delicious!


  14. #
    Marla Meridith — July 28, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    Great looking salad today!


  15. #
    naomi — July 28, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    love this riff on the classic!


  16. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — July 28, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    I could not live without Mexican for very long. Lovin’ this Mexican version of caprese. Will have to try super soon.


  17. #
    Meredith — July 28, 2014 @ 11:49 am

    What a fantastic twist on my favorite summer salad!


  18. #
    Tiffany — July 28, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    What a creative twist on a classic dish!! Beautiful photos, btw!!


  19. #
    Lori — July 28, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    Wow, your photos look great. I wish I had the skill and patience to make the salad like yours.


  20. #
    Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog — July 28, 2014 @ 5:56 pm

    This looks AMAZING!!! I love a classic caprese salad, and love Mexican food even more!


  21. #
    Deborah — July 29, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    Love this!! Such fresh flavors with a fun twist!


  22. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — July 29, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

    I’m loving the twist on this salad. Delish!


  23. #
    PassTheKnife — July 30, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    Fantastic idea! I bet this could be turned into a delicious quesadilla!


  24. #
    Bou Shin — July 31, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

    This looks super cool – to make it more authentic you could always add Chihuahua cheese or another Mexican white cheese! Yum! :)


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