Peach Caprese Salad Recipe

Doing my best to eat as seasonally as possible (not always easy in Northern Michigan), I absolutely live for August because to me it means one thing: Tomatoes!!! Our local farmers market is filled with different varietals of ripe juicy tomatoes and I'm always excited to try to different variations of caprese salads.

Imagine my surprise when spending time with my family at our cottage in Ontario, Canada over labor day, my little brother Gavin created a new spin on the caprese I had never seen before. Skipping the tomatoes altogether, he opted to use fresh peaches! The best part about this recipe is that not only is it super delicious, it is easy to make with about 20 minutes of prep and assembly time.

Recipe: 

20 mins prep and assembly, serves 4-6 people

Ingredients:

1/2 C. freshly chopped mint

1/2 C. freshly chopped basil

6 ripe farm fresh peaches

2 pkg. fresh mozzarella 

1 pkg. black raspberries

2 tbsp agave nectar

1/2 C. EVOO

Balsamic vinegar reduction (enough to drizzle)

freshly ground black pepper and pink himalayan sea salt to taste

Prep:

Cut mozzarella and peaches into rounds of medium thickness (note: these will be stacked so make sure to cut as uniformly as possible)

Drizzle EVOO and Balsamic reduction over mozzarella slices, lightly sprinkle peaches and mozzarella with salt and pepper.

Chop basil and set aside

Chop mint and combine with black raspberries and agave nectar in a small bowl

Assemble:

This salad is served "napoleon style" or stacked neatly. I love to serve it on a cute glass platter to give it an adorable farm fresh country vibe when entertaining.

Start by stacking alternating slices of peaches and mozzarella. there should be about 4 slices of peach (use the whole peach per stack) with 3 slices of mozzarella cheese in between. feel free to assemble the peach stacks right on your serving platter.

Sprinkle freshly cut basil over the peach stacks.

Lightly drizzle EVOO and balsamic reduction over stacks and basil.

Artfully cover the stacks with the combined mint, black raspberries, and agave nectar.

Finish the salad with another light amount of salt and pepper.

Salad may be served right away, or covered and stored for later. 

For best results, make sure to serve within 3 hours of preparing salad to insure peaches hold their texture. Enjoy!

 

Love for now, 

Lindsay