In line with my other summer recipes, this recipe is one of my absolutely favorite summer peach recipes. I am not a huge tomato fan (I know that is crazy right) but I love caprese salad. I was hosting a summer luncheon and I really wanted to make recipes that were easy, light and summery (is that really a word – not sure). In true Pam fashion, I went to the farmer’s market for inspiration.
I love peaches and this week the peaches were just gorgeous. I just love biting into a sweet juicy peach when the delectable juices dribble down your chin and down your arm. I also love caprese salad – minus the tomatoes. It had me thinking. What if I used peaches instead of tomatoes? What if I used peach balsamic vinegar but I wasn’t even sure if they made peach balsamic? I whipped out my phone and sent straight to Amazon and guess what peach balsamic vinegar is really a thing. Of course, I purchased some right on the spot using Amazon Prime and had it the next day. I have now learned after visiting a new Wegman’s that they also carry peach balsamic and it is a lot less expensive.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit a Wegman’s or if you don’t even know what Wegman’s is you need to check it out. Wegman’s is a grocery chain from up north (I am told from my northern neighbors) and it is a true grocery experience. So that is how my peach caprese salad began right off the cuff. Now we have this salad on a regular basis at so many of our summer events. Something about the peach with a perfect bite of mozzarella cheese and basil makes my heart happy. This recipe really could be considered a dessert it is so sweet and perfect.
It is really important to make this recipe when peaches are in season as they are the star of the show in this recipe and there is nothing better than a ripe delicious peach. I usually get my peaches from the farmer’s market but I have also found really good peaches at Sam’s Club and Walmart. I like to use Belgioioso Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Sliced Log but any sliced fresh mozzarella will work. I grow basil every year so I use fresh basil but in a pinch I have used the Gourmet Garden brand lightly dried basil when I did not have fresh basil and it worked just as well as the fresh basil.
I know you are probably thinking about right now – peach caprese salad not really sure about that. But you just have to try it and you will want to make it at your next summer party.
Peach Caprese SaladCourse: Appetizers, SaladsCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
This recipe is the perfect summer appetizer. Sweet ripe peaches, with fresh mozzarella and peach balsamic brings all the summer ingredients together to form that perfect bite.
3 fresh ripe peaches ( I remove the skin but you can leave it on if you prefer)
One 16 ounce fresh Mozzarella log
8 fresh basil leaves finely chopped
4 teaspoons of peach balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Slice the peaches into pieces of similar thickness.
- Layer the sliced mozzarella in a circle on a platter or bowl. Layer the peaches on top of mozzarella. Sprinkle the chopped basil on top of the peaches and cheese.
- Drizzle the balsamic vinegar evenly over the salad and season with salt.
- You really want to serve this salad immediately before the peaches change color. You can also toss the peaches in a little of lemon lime soda and they will hold their color a little longer.