Peach Caprese Salad is a flavorful summer salad that’s a fun twist on a classic Caprese salad. Light, quick & easy to make, and great as a main or side salad.
Hello and welcome to summertime in Georgia, where ripe, sweet peaches abound. Peach Caprese Salad is the ideal quick summer recipe that’s perfect as a side or main dish.
This summer salad is a fun, sweet twist on caprese salad.
Unlike the traditional version, which uses just mozzarella, tomato, and basil, we’ll add lettuce and sliced peaches to make a flavorful summer meal.
Nutrition in peaches
Peaches are high in a variety of antioxidants. Research shows that a diet high in antioxidants can act as a natural defense against free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage–also known as oxidative stress–to body systems and contribute to diseases (1).
Eating the peach peel provides a variety of antioxidants (2), but even without the peel, peaches are a great source of Vitamin A and C.
Peach Caprese Salad ingredients
Peaches. Sweet, juicy, and just plain flavorful, peaches are the star of the show. Slice them with skins on if you’re okay with their fuzziness, or remove the skins for more uniform texture.
Mozzarella. Choose mozzarella pearls or slice a mozzarella ball into bite sized pieces.
Cherry tomatoes. Slice ripe cherry tomatoes into half for that true caprese flavor. Tomatoes are also a good source of antioxidants like lycopene and Vitamin C.
Leafy greens. Use a premade mix of salad greens, or choose spinach, romaine or arugula as the base.
Basil. You can’t make caprese without fresh basil. This is a great way to use up basil from your thriving summer basil plant (or a great excuse to buy a basil plant!). You can also use fresh basil from the store. Instead of just using the basil leaves, finely chop the basil stems and add to the salad for additional flavor.
How do you make balsamic glaze (balsamic reduction)?
To make a homemade balsamic vinaigrette, all you need is balsamic vinegar. Add balsamic vinegar to a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to medium-low. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened; this will take about 10-15 minutes.
Let simmer until thickened like molasses or maple syrup. It should be able to coat the back of a spoon without sliding off.
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Peach Caprese Salad
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 8 ounces romaine lettuce blend
- 4 medium peaches sliced
- 8 ounces cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella
- 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- coarse sea salt to taste
- Add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer until thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
- Slice the mozzarella into bite sized pieces. Toss with lettuce, sliced peaches, cherry tomatoes and basil. Add fresh ground black pepper and coarse seal salt to taste.
- Drizzle salad with balsamic reduction just before serving. Enjoy!
- Choose a prepackaged romaine blend, or make your own by combined romaine, arugula, and spinach.
- The balsamic glaze should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon without sliding off. The longer it's simmered, the thicker the glaze will be.
- For an extra sweet note, try a light drizzle of honey on the finished salad.
- Makes two main dish salads or four side salads.