Sunday, September 23, 2012

Peach Caprese Salad

Until recently I thought caprese only referred to those lovely salads of tomato, basil and mozzarella.  When in fact caprese refers to something that comes from the style of the island of Capri, off the coast near Naples, Italy.   Most commonly used in the United States to refer to the Caprese Salad.  During the summer months when tomatoes are beautiful and plentiful, we enjoy Caprese Salad several times a week.  A few weeks ago, our CSA basket included some of the most delicious Missouri peaches I've ever eaten.  Having bookmarked this recipe for a Peach Caprese Salad, I decided to see how it stacked up to the tomato version we enjoy so often.  This beautifully color salad is a wonderful combination of tang from the vinegar and sweetness from the honey. 




Georgia Caprese Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Adapted slightly from Southern My Way by Gena Knox – serves 4

Vinaigrette:
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon champagne or white wine vinegar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon water
½ teaspoon salt

Salad:
4 ounces tiny water-packed mozzarella cheese balls
4 ripe peaches (southern if you can find them), unpeeled, each cut into eight wedges
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, torn into pieces

Prepare the vinaigrette by combing the ingredients in a glass jar with a screw top lid. Shake well to combine and set aside. Cut cheese into 1-inch pieces (or leave whole if they are small balls) and gently toss with the peaches. Add the vinaigrette and toss again gently. Add a little freshly ground black pepper and the basil and mint pieces. Serve right away.

I am linking this to On The Menu Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and Foodie Friday.

8 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks beautiful! Never heard of this salad with anything but tomatoes, sounds great:@)

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  2. Hi Julie, I thought this salad was with only tomatoes, too!! This looks scrumptious and a great idea.

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  3. Missouri peaches - it just sounds so good! What a wonderful way to bring peaches to the table in a different way.

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  4. What a wonderful twist on the usual tomato caprese salad! It looks delicious.

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  5. I love combining sweet and sour flavors in a salad! Your salad looks so tasty and I love your tweak on the caprese salad!

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  6. Hi Julie,
    We just love peaches and this salad looks awesome, we would really enjoy it. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Sounds wonderful - love the caprese change up!

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  8. I like the change from tomatoes, looks delicious! Nice flavors in the dressing to compliment the peaches.

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