Peach Caprese Salad

Southern Kitchen
Peach caprese salad

Serves: 4

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Ripe peaches, pitted and chopped

Boccocini mozzarella cheese, torn into bite-sized pieces if large

Fresh basil leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces if large

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Balsamic vinegar

High-quality extra-virgin olive oil

Thinly sliced prosciutto

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the peaches, mozzarella, and basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then drizzle in vinegar and olive oil, again, to taste, and toss to combine.

Plate the salad in a generous mound on a serving plate, and then layer the proscuitto on top. Serve.

If you’re preparing this dish for a crowd or outdoor function, try making the salad on skewers: Alternate layers of peach, mozzarella and basil. Season with salt and pepper, and then drizzle the skewers with the vinegar and olive oil. Prosciutto doesn’t really hang onto the skewer very well, so we’ve left it off.

About the recipe

A traditional caprese salad features the combination of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil. Since they grow in the same season, we’ve given the salad a Southern makeover by substituting sweet peaches for the tomatoes. Since it comes packaged in bite-sized pieces, try to find boccocini mozzarella. If that isn’t available where you live, just buy a ball of fresh mozzarella and cut it into pieces the same size as the peaches.

You’ll notice that we’ve gone fast and loose with the ingredients in this recipe. Feel free to experiment with your own proportions based on what you can find at the farmers market. Season everything to taste.