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Aug172013

Peach Caprese Salad

August is peach season in these parts, but sadly, our peach trees this year just weren’t in the mood.  It wasn’t actually their fault.  It seems that one of them was hit with some fungus or blight or some disfiguring malady, and the other tree got as far as producing a bazillion peaches, then in mid-ripening, just lost interest.  Yeah, like I said, just not in the mood.

So we are buying our peaches, which isn’t all that terrible really, as long as we keep our taste buds from remembering last year’s sweet, juicy crop.  But whether you grow your own or buy them at a farmer’s market or the grocery store, you really must make this luscious little caprese salad. 

By now most of us have made, tasted or seen the traditional caprese salad of sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil, which, in my world, totally rocks the flavors of summer.   But switching out the tomatoes for peaches and adding a drizzle of balsamic vinegar just might be my new favorite summertime caprese experience. 

If pairing sliced peaches with mozzarella cheese seems a bit challenging conceptually, I must tell you that they were truly made for each other.  The sweet/tart juiciness of the peaches melds ever so beautifully with the creamy mozzarella cheese as though caprese salads should have always been thus. 

Now I’m sure that you guys are all much smarter and more creative than myself and could probably come up with a host of different ways to use this beautiful salad (with pasta?  On a pizza?), but I mostly just want to scoop it up onto a warm slice of toasted bread that’s been drizzled with olive oil and salt.   That's enough deliciousness for me.  Here’s the recipe…

PEACH CAPRESE SALAD

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Recipe adapted from Simi Chardonnay chef Kolin Vazzoler

1 cup bocconcini (mini fresh mozzarella balls), sliced in half 
2 cups sliced ripe peaches, sliced 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
a handful of basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
½ teaspoon fleur de sel or coarse salt
fresh cracked black pepper

Directions: 

Combine the bocconcini, sliced peaches and chopped basil. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sprinkle with the pepper and sea salt.  Serve with fresh bread that's been toasted or grilled and drizzled with a little olive oil and sea salt.

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Reader Comments (15)

Oh my goodness! This looks delicious! What a fabulous idea to substitute peaches for tomatoes! I can't wait to try it!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeri Ann

Lovely idea. I would never have thought to put peaches in this, but it sounds quite good and simple to make. We'll surely be giving this a try.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterQuin G.

We just picked 12 pounds of peaches from our neighbor's tree and have been looking for different things to make with them. Can't wait to try this! It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArvin

You're welcome, Arvin! Enjoy!

August 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I've actually had this before as a first course at a restaurant in Chicago last summer. It was so good! They provided bread with it, but we all just ate it right off of our plates. The balsamic vinegar and peaches is to die for.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Our peach tree did the same thing this year. The branches withered and the fruit fell off before it could ripen. Very disappointing. But now I want to go buy some peaches so I can try this. It looks amazing!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

My parents have a nectarine tree and my counter is covered with them. I think I'll try this with nectarines. It looks so yummy!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

Nectarines should work really well this too, Regina. I should have mentioned that.

August 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I love these flavor combinations! Must make this today!!

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Peaches are my favorite summer fruit and I'm always looking for ways to make them. This one looks fabulous! Beautiful photos!

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy W.

Thank you, Nancy!! Enjoy!

August 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I made your peach caprese for a family party last night and it was a hit! Everyone loved it and I shared your recipe with them. I can't wait to make it again, the flavors were amazing! Thank you so much!

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda Hanson

You're so welcome, Melinda! Glad you enjoyed it!

August 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Just made this to take as an appetizer for a dinner party. O-M-G! This stuff is so good!! Just love the balsamic vinegar with the peaches. It's a keeper!

August 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

So glad you liked it, Brenda! Thanks so much for letting us know!

August 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

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