Peach Caprese Salad

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Peach Caprese Salad is a fresh, slightly sweet twist on the classic Caprese Salad. One of my favorite salad recipes of the summer!

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I’ve got a good-as-it-is-easy “non-recipe” type recipe for you (whew – got that?!) on this hot and sizzling summer day: Peach Caprese Salad. This salad is next-level, people!

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m hot being this pregnant in the summertime, to which I answer, a.) Yes. Fan me. and b.) but at least the weather isn’t like it was last year when we hit a record number of consecutive days over 100 degrees. Now those ladies were the real warriors!

Regardless, I think we’ve officially hit the dog days of summer, and while it’s extra sweaty with this bowling ball strapped to my torso, I still love it. I’ll take hot over cold any day of the year. I’m still no fan of heating up the kitchen when I don’t have to though, which is just one of the many reasons why I”m head over heels in love with this no-cook recipe. It is so, so, so good!

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Fresh mozzarella cheese is layered with juicy yellow peach slices, thick-cut tomatoes, and lots of fresh basil leaves then drizzled with good extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and sprinkled with salt and pepper. This is the ultimate summer meal. Light and refreshing. And that unexpected hit of sweet from the peach is unbelievable with the salty, savory flavors in the classic caprese salad. Promise me you’ll try this!

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Start by raiding your farmers’ market, garden, or grocery store for the best ripe peaches and tomatoes, and fresh-plucked basil leaves you can find, then pick up a fresh mozzarella cheese ball. This salad is best using tomatoes and peaches that are on the verge of use or lose. Super juicy, sweet, and ripe, ripe, ripe. 

If your peaches are still a little hard when you buy them place them in a paper bag, roll down the top, then let ‘em veg in the dark for a day or so.

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Slice said ripe tomatoes and peaches into thick slices, then do the same with the mozzarella cheese. I like to pop my mozzarella into the freezer for 10-15 minutes to make it easier to slice.

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Layer the tomato, peach, and cheese slices with a couple slices of basil, then drizzle with the best extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar you have. I used the strawberry balsamic vinegar I got in Chicago a few months ago, which was incredible. Reduced balsamic vinegar would be fantastic too – I hear Trader Joe’s makes a pretty good version if you don’t want to make your own. Finish with a heavy dash of both salt and pepper, then enjoy!

Peach Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Peach Caprese Salad

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Serves 2

Ingredients:
6oz fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
1 ripe yellow peach, sliced thick
1 vine-ripened tomato, sliced thick
12 leaves fresh basil
good extra virgin olive oil
good balsamic vinegar (or reduced balsamic vinegar)
salt & pepper

Directions: 

  1. Layer mozzarella cheese slices with peaches, tomatoes, and basil. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar then sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

Peach Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Sweet, creamy, tangy, and fresh. This plate is ALL the best things about summer. Make and enjoy this sweet & savory salad often!

Peach Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

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Comments

  1. Ahh Kristin this looks amazing, I can never turn down a caprese :)

    I totally feel for you being pregnant in the heat – it’s been really hot in the UK for the last couple of weeks too and I’ve pretty much just been lying around sweating everywhere haha (TMI? :P )

  2. OMG this looks amazing. Totally making it. Peaches have been perfectly in season lately so it’s definitely the right time of year! I wonder how it would taste with the peaches grilled? Might end up experimenting! ;)

  3. Kerry 07.16.2013

    I made a similar dish but used plums. You can’t go wrong with a Caprese salad. So light and delish! Being preggers in this heat must be tough, hope you are hitting the water whenever possible!

  4. Ever since having a fried green tomato/peach/buratta salad at Brine and Bottle last weekend in OBX I just can’t get enough of this tomato/peach combo either! Looks delicious!

  5. Tom T. 07.16.2013

    So, I have always loved the mozzarella cheese and the balsamic but not tomatoes. While this calls for tomatoes this is a great way to have caprese salad without the tomatoes. Thanks!

  6. sally 07.16.2013

    Beautiful colors! Nothing better than summer peaches!

  7. Tieghan 07.16.2013

    Love this fun twist on caprese! Peach and cheese and balsamic are so good together! Plus, this is gorgeous!

  8. Oh, I like this one too! Actually, I keep seeing grilled peaches everywhere and want to try some, I bet this would good that way too!

  9. Cristina 07.16.2013

    Sounds and looks amazing. I would have never thought.

  10. Kristin, this looks like the absolute definition of summer! I miss living in Iowa and getting those massive, delicious Missouri peaches. Can’t wait to try this version of caprese salad!

  11. This looks so fresh! I always balk at the idea of putting sweet fruit in my salads but every time I’ve tried it with one of your recipes I’ve loved it. So I just need to put on my big girl panties and just do it!

  12. Melissa 07.16.2013

    Wow, I cannot even begin to tell you how refreshing this looks! Not only with the combination of colors, but from just knowing how good those ingredients must taste, it is the ideal summer meal! Thanks so much for sharing such a unique recipe!

  13. this looks so amazing for a hot day. holy crap. cannot wait for the peaches to get good.

  14. I will totally be making this! Looks delicious! Plus I already have all the ingredients! Heck ya!

  15. Kristi 07.16.2013

    I have everything but the basil and tomatoes… I need to get those asap so I can try this recipe.

  16. Peaches are EVERYWHERE right now, and I am loving it! I bet that this would be great with white nectarines, too! I am hooked on them right now.

  17. Jamie G 07.16.2013

    That salad looks so refreshing! I did the hot hot hot summer pregnancy. Baby was due July 24 and wasn’t born until August 3 –nothing like being almost 42 weeks pregnant in the sweltering heat :)

  18. This salad sounds so refreshing! I just made some Caprese Bite skewers for a work party and have lots of left over mozzarella (thank you Costco). I think I’ll try this salad with the rest.

  19. This looks perfect for the hot weather. Great no cook meal! Now if only I can convince my husband that this is meal in and of itself and not just an appetizer.

  20. Karena 07.16.2013

    YUM! Normally I hesitate to try savory peach dishes, but this looks awesome and so simple for a weeknight dish. It’s like a fresh version of this pizza I had recently (minus canadian bacon)…will definitely have to try this!

  21. Kristin 07.16.2013

    This looks tasty!! This reminded me I haven’t grilled peaches in a while, yum!!

  22. Katie 07.16.2013

    That looks lovely, great pictures.

  23. Nice take on a caprese style salad! I like to do something similar with mangos.

  24. Emily 07.16.2013

    This looks absolutely amazing! I know I’m getting some fresh, summer peaches in my CSA today and I will absolutely have to try this recipe. Thanks for the idea!

  25. Cheryl 07.16.2013

    WHOA!! I made this tonight and it was a huge hit with me and the hubby! Yummmmmmmy!! Thanks for the great recipe (as always)!

  26. Oh my god how amazing. How did I not think of this! Might be on the menu for dinner tonight!

  27. Erica 07.18.2013

    My boyfriend made this for a BBQ we went to last night. I, of course, gave him the recipe but needed to get a workout in so he made it for us and ended up chopping the everything instead of slicing which made the salad great for a group. It was yummy with lots of compliments!

  28. Nessa 07.18.2013

    Wow! This salad has it all :)

  29. Harry 07.19.2013

    Looks delicious but i’ll leave out the salt. I’d like it on the sweeter side.

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  31. Samantha 08.01.2013

    I made this for breakfast the other day with peaches that I got from peach-picking! Didn’t have balsamic, so I substituted this Chinese black vinegar I had on hand and it was still delicious!

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  33. Sara 09.15.2013

    I made this for a dinner party with my best friends last night, to celebrate the end of Summer and start of Fall. It had great flavor, and my friends were impressed with the elegant and simple presentation. :)

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