Few things on earth taste as great as a sweet ripe peach, am I right?


Sweet grilled peaches rested on top of sliced mozzarella, fresh basil and topped with balsamic drizzle

Don’t you sometimes just love a super simple meal? I feel like they have to include only a few ingredients and each needs to be superbly fresh.

Sweet grilled peaches rested on top of sliced mozzarella, fresh basil and topped with balsamic drizzle

I’ll be the first to admit, I typically tend to try and complicate recipes. I always ponder, “what if I were to throw this spice on top?” or “how would the taste change if we added this herb instead?”. I’m always searching for a bunch of intense flavors that come together to make my taste buds jump. Every so often, I need to remind myself that this can be achieved with a few simple ingredients. Case in point, this salad right here.

Sweet grilled peaches rested on top of sliced mozzarella, fresh basil and topped with balsamic drizzle

Sweet grilled peaches rested on top of sliced mozzarella, fresh basil and topped with balsamic drizzle

Oh, caprese salads. How I love thee. The standard makeup of a great caprese salad is slices of tomatoes sandwiched between mozzarella and then topped with chopped basil and olive oil. Get yourself some sweet, fresh tomatoes and this is a knockout salad. However, since it’s summer and all and being that I’m from Georgia I thought, let’s replace the tomatoes with peaches.

Sweet grilled peaches rested on top of sliced mozzarella, fresh basil and topped with balsamic drizzle

Sweet grilled peaches rested on top of sliced mozzarella, fresh basil and topped with balsamic drizzle

And not just any peaches. GRILLED peaches. I brushed these sweet little sunshines with a bit of brown sugar and butter and grilled them just for a few minutes. I usually love my caprese salads with buffalo mozzarella but unfortunately I did have any here (I know, a crime) so I used regular mozzarella. For texture and flavor though, the spongy consistency of the buffalo mozzarella works best so if you can grab this from the store, do so! I slipped in whole basil leaves and then drizzled a simple honeyed balsamic reduction on top.

Sweet grilled peaches rested on top of sliced mozzarella, fresh basil and topped with balsamic drizzle

Sweet grilled peaches rested on top of sliced mozzarella, fresh basil and topped with balsamic drizzle

Sprinkle some salt and pepper to create contrast with the sweet peaches and voila, a killer caprese salad awaits you! If you’ve never tried fruit in this delicious salad, you should definitely start now. I hope you enjoy and let me know how it turns out!


Grilled Peach Caprese Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4 small plates

Grilled Peach Caprese Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe peaches, quartered
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ball buffalo mozzarella, sliced
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small bowl, add the brown sugar and mix. Brush the sliced face of the peaches with the butter. Grill the peaches, sliced face down for about 8 minutes on low.
  2. In a small saucepan add the balsamic vinegar and honey. Cook on medium-low until simmering for a few minutes. Reduce heat and once thickened, remove from the heat.
  3. Layer the grilled peaches, mozzarella and basil on a large platter. Drizzle the balsamic reduction on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
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