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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.

Score.

Amazing Mexican Caprese Salad! #mexican #caprese #salad

Mexican Caprese Salad

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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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 Fitnessposted July 28, 2014 at 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 :)

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  2. Bri | Bites of Briposted July 28, 2014 at 5:07 am

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

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  3. Jenny Flakeposted July 28, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Love this Mexican twist on caprese salad!

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  4. Tieghanposted July 28, 2014 at 6:42 am

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

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  5. shelly (cookies and cups)posted July 28, 2014 at 7:05 am

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

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  6. Christyposted July 28, 2014 at 7:12 am

    This looks so gorgeous and so creative!

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  7. Mariaposted July 28, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Fun salad! Love the Mexican twist!

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  8. alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted July 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Looks so good and easy!

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  9. Julie @ Table for Twoposted July 28, 2014 at 7:51 am

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

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  10. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted July 28, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Great twist on one of my favorite salads.

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  11. Gabyposted July 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Absolutely love this!

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  12. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted July 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Love the idea of fusing Italian and Mexican flavors!

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  13. Liz @ Floating Kitchenposted July 28, 2014 at 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!

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  14. Marla Meridithposted July 28, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Great looking salad today!

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  15. naomiposted July 28, 2014 at 9:59 am

    love this riff on the classic!

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  16. Emily @ Life on Foodposted July 28, 2014 at 10:30 am

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

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  17. Meredithposted July 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

    What a fantastic twist on my favorite summer salad!

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  18. Tiffanyposted July 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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

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  19. Loriposted July 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

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

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  20. Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blogposted July 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm

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

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  21. Deborahposted July 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm

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

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  22. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted July 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

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

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  23. PassTheKnifeposted July 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

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

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  24. Bou Shinposted July 31, 2014 at 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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