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Peach Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

A traditional caprese gets a makeover with the addition of sliced, fresh juicy peaches in this easy Peach Caprese Salad with fresh mozzarella, basil, a drizzle of pesto vinaigrette and balsamic glaze.

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I love a classic caprese salad, which is a combination of fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil. Have you ever had it? In my opinion, it’s an epic combo of juicy ripe tomatoes and soft fresh mozzarella. I often drizzle it with some balsamic glaze – a match made in heaven. But add some perfectly ripe summer peaches to the mix and it takes things up a notch!! Welcome to Peach Caprese Salad world!

The components of Peach Caprese Salad

  • Peaches – Like the peaches for this Peach cobbler, the peaches should be just right for the recipe. Though I feel like peach cobbler peaches are more flexible. These ones not so much – have to be firm but ripe and juicy. Mushy won’t cut it!
  • Tomatoes – use the best seasonal tomatoes you can find. Could be heirlooms or beef steaks sliced into wedges or summer’s best cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half.
  • Basil – I used big, peppery fresh basil leaves and tore them with my hands. You could chiffonade them. Which is a fancy word for rolling the leaves like a cigar and then slicing them into thin ribbons. I have also used more tender leaves of basil in the past and used them whole (like jennie recommends in her classic caprese recipe). You do you. But you need fresh basil. Period.
  • Pesto Vinaigrette – Not a traditional caprese component but oh so worth it! Use homemade pesto (or store bought), red wine vinegar and good quality extra virgin olive oil. A big squeeze of lemon juice and lots of fresh cracked black pepper and you have a winner of vinaigrette world on your hands. You can put it on cardboard to make it taste good!
  • Balsamic – I am a sucker for balsamic. You might think it’s an overkill but I disagree! You can try this Peach Caprese Salad with a Blasamic Glaze and let me know!

This peach caprese salad is summery, vibrant, flavorful and satisfying and is here to stay!

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Peach Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

A traditional caprese gets a makeover with the addition of sliced, fresh juicy peaches in this easy Peach Caprese Salad with fresh mozzarella, basil, a drizzle of pesto vinaigrette and balsamic glaze.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Caprese Salad, Peach, Peach Caprese Salad, Pesto, Salad, Summer, Summer Salad, Vinaigerette
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 6
Author Vaishali

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe peaches pitted and sliced
  • 2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes halved see notes
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella torn see notes
  • Basil leaves to taste
  • Salt & freshly cracked black pepper to taste

For the dressing

  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon juiced about 3-4 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic glaze optional, to drizzle
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients for the salad in a wide bowl or a serving platter.
  2. Whisk the ingredients for the vinaigrette together. Drizzle over the top, drizzle the balsamic and serve.

Recipe Notes

You can also use big heirloom tomatoes or beefsteak tomatoes and slice them into wedges

You can also use small mozzarella balls that you can buy at the store.

If you make this Peach Caprese Salad, please leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I would love to hear from you guys. And don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and Facebook! I love to look through your creations!!

Love – Vaishali

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11 Comments

  1. KEVIN FOODIE

    September 14, 2022 at 10:51 am

    5 stars
    This salad is so unique. Who said we can’t have a fruit and vegetable salad? Many people believe that we should not mix fruits with veggies. I personally love adding fruits to my salad, but can not remember adding peach. The colors are very appealing. Will give this a try someday.

  2. KEVIN FOODIE

    September 14, 2022 at 10:53 am

    5 stars
    This salad is so unique. Who said we can’t have a fruit and vegetable salad? Many people believe that we should not mix fruits with veggies. I personally love adding fruits to my salad, but can not remember adding peach. The colors are very appealing. W.ill give this a try someday

  3. Jennifer

    September 14, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    This salad looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it out!

    1. Vaishali

      September 19, 2022 at 12:07 am

      Thanks Jennifer. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Mike Conley

    September 17, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Love the site! Great looking recipes. Can’t wait to try them out!

    1. Vaishali

      September 19, 2022 at 12:07 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Mike!

  5. Tiannaskitchen

    September 17, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    3 stars
    This salad looks so different i love the different varieties in it

    1. Vaishali

      September 19, 2022 at 12:08 am

      Thanks Tianna. I agree…great combination of colors, textures and flavors in this recipe!

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