Sweet, juicy peaches, summery tomatoes, slices of avocado, fresh basil, creamy burrata, and a drizzle of olive oil are all that is needed to create this fresh, colorful peach caprese salad in just 5 minutes! Serve with grilled steak, chicken, salmon, as a side with your next cheeseburger, or on its own as a light dinner or refreshing summertime lunch!
To everything there is a season.
So don't rush me. Summer doesn't end until September 22nd and I already spotted Christmas trees for sale at Costco.
Some of summer's best produce blesses us with its bright, beautiful flavors all the way through to the end of the season. Tomatoes, basil, and sweet, juicy, summery PEACHES.
It can be tempting to look ahead and rush in the next season with all of its cozy, warming foods and flavors but if we are always looking ahead we will miss the best of what is before us in the present.
So let's savor summer for a couple more weeks and invite this Peach Caprese Salad to be a part of it.
🌟 Why you'll love this recipe
I have repeatedly asked myself if I should even post this recipe. Is it too basic? Too simple? But then again, isn't that what we are all looking for in a meal?!
When a dish that is so simple delivers such amazing flavor with just basic ingredients...THAT is something definitely worth sharing, even if only to serve as a reminder of a recipe that should be included on your meal plan this week.
And who doesn't love a 5-minute recipe?! That is all the time needed to quickly slice some peaches, tomatoes, and avocados, layer them on a plate, and top with burrata, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil. #chefskiss
🛒 Ingredients & suggestions
Even with simple recipes using basic ingredients, the finished meal will only be as good as the ingredients that are used to make it so be sure to choose high-quality ingredients and consider these tips for selecting perfectly ripe fruit.
Peaches: When picking out a peach, you can determine how ripe it is based on its smell, its golden hue (or lack thereof), and its feel. A ripe peach should smell just like how you would want it to taste - sweet, aromatic, and delicious! No aroma means your peach is not yet ripe. For yellow peaches, the hue around the stem area should be bright and golden. If it's lighter in color, it's less ripe. Lastly, the peach should give a little when you gently squeeze it in your palm. Not too hard and not too soft is the sign of a perfect peach.
Avocados: Whatever you do, DO NOT pop the stem off the end of an avocado to determine if it is ripe. This piece of bad advice began circulating a while back and it's time to lay it to rest. It's not only an inaccurate test for ripeness but it will cause the fruit to ripen faster and rot the top of the fruit before it has had a chance to evenly ripen. Please consider the farmers who worked hard to grow this delicious fruit and instead place the fruit in the palm of your hand and give it a gentle squeeze. If you feel a slight give the avocado is ripe, if it is hard it will need to ripen for a few days, and if it is super soft it is already overripe and you should find a different avocado to take home.
Tomatoes: The type of tomato you use in this salad is really up to you! Try Heirloom, Roma, Cherry, Campari, or whatever you have growing in your garden!
Burrata: A semi-soft Italian cheese that is super creamy and ridiculously tasty on this peach salad! Burrata is mozzarella cheese that has been taken one step further by being formed into a pouch and filled with soft, stringy curd and cream. Any type of mozzarella would be delicious on this salad but the best tasting and my personal favorite is fresh mozzarella that is stored in brine, such as burrata!
🔪 Step-by-step instructions
Step 1: Pit and slice peach into wedges.
Step 2: Slice tomatoes into wedgies, I mean wedges.
Step 3: Slice the avocados.
Step 4: Arranged the sliced peaches, tomatoes, and avocado slices on a salad plate. Gently tear apart burrata and arrange on salad. Scatter basil on top, lightly drizzle olive oil over the salad, and finish it off with fresh ground pepper and a sprinkle of salt. That's it!
🥗 Salad variations
This Peach Caprese Salad is wonderful as is but every now and then it can be fun (and tasty) to switch things up a bit too.
- I love the simplicity of allowing the sweet, juicy flavors of the peach and tomato to shine in this salad with just a drizzle of high-quality olive oil but an additional drizzle of balsamic vinegar or white balsamic vinegar is equally yum.
- Add in some greens with a handful of baby spinach or some peppery arugula.
- Incorporate a bit of saltiness with a few thin slices of prosciutto or speck.
- Switch out the fresh basil with some fresh mint!
- Take it to the grill! Try grilled peaches and even grilled avocado in this salad! Brush with a little bit of olive oil, place face down on the grill for a few minutes, and done!
💭 Frequently asked questions
It literally means "salad in the manner of Capri." Capri is a small Italian island located off the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is also thought to be the origin of the simple but super tasty tomato, mozzarella, basil appetizer salad bearing the colors of the Italian flag that many have come to know and love as the Caprese salad or insalata Caprese. This Peach Caprese Salad is an equally simple and delicious variation of the classic Caprese!
The classic Italian appetizer is pronounced: "kuh-PRAY-zeh". Having learned of this dish and its pronunciation when I lived in Italy many years ago I will confess I have enjoyed a few silent giggles listening to Americans trying to guess how to pronounce this word. Practice the phonetic spelling I have written for you above, throw in a slight Italian accent, and you'll be set.
Savor these warm weather days and summer's bounty by serving this Peach Caprese Salad anytime you fire up the grill. Serve with grilled steak, chicken, salmon, or as a side with your next cheeseburger! This salad is also wonderful on its own as a light dinner or refreshing summertime lunch.
Summer isn't over yet friends! Enjoy the season! ♡
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