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Tomato and Avocado Salad Recipe

Tomato and Avocado Salad Photo : Karen E Photography

Tomato and Avocado Salad
Photo : Karen E Photography

Tomato and Avocado Salad

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

When I think simplicity; tomato, avocado and fresh basil salad springs to mind. It’s the foundation of traditional Caprese salad, a renowned Italian dish celebrated world wide for a very good reason - it’s delicious. The first time I ate it, in its home country, was while I was working in Switzerland and I crossed the border for lunch in Italy - so over the top! Buffalo mozzarella is the traditional accompaniment to this salad. It’s difficult to come by, and the price is restrictive so I use dollops of yoghurt. I have recently been introduced to The Gourmet Greek yoghurt. You’ll find it on the Midlands Meander and I strongly recommend it. For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook you will have read me waxing lyrical about the quality of this thick and creamy yoghurt. It works so well in this salad. Try it you won’t be disappointed!

Serves: 4


  • 125gr Cherry Tomatoes, cut in ¼
  • 2 medium (370gr) Avocado, sliced, seasoned and squeeze ½ a lemon’s juice over the avo
  • 65gr Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • 170gr Thick Full Cream Greek Yoghurt


  1. Place all the ingredients on a serving platter.

Basil Pesto

Yields: 500ml


  • 70gr Fresh Basil
  • 100gr Flaked Almond, roasted and cooled
  • 60gr Salted Butter
  • 250ml Olive Oil
  • 25gr Fresh Garlic
  • 100gr Pecorino Cheese, grated
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blending machine, blend till everything comes together. Be careful not to over blend as this can cause the pesto to split. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Make quenelles of the pesto on top of the salad, you will only use about a 100ml. Keep the rest in the fridge in a sterilised glass bottle for later use.
  3. Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the salad, freshly grinded Black Pepper and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

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Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713