Nectarine Caprese Salad

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I bought myself a flat of nectarines. I’m not sure what I was thinking because Cooper doesn’t want to even try one and my husband does not think to eat a piece of fruit when he’s hungry. So, this means I will be eating nectarines for the next week now.  I’ve already learned that I cannot eat one while driving home from work, unless I feel cool with stains all over my clothes and a sticky steering wheel. Ew and Noooo.

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And then I saw this recipe in a recent Sunset Magazine issue…It had been sitting on my nightstand taunting me for the past week. The stars aligned and the nectarines arrived and so here we are. This is it.

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I’ve made a salad like this before but with watermelon and some slightly different ingredients. But with the nectarines, the texture is a bit different. There’s a sweetness that catches up with you after you’re almost done with a bite. The salt and the white balsamic vinegar add such a beautiful tang. One minute you’re enjoying a tomato and the next a nectarine. It’s all good. If you haven’t added mint and nectarines to your Caprese, you MUST.  My husband, the non-fruit eater approved and that’s saying a lot!

And we’re off!

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We start with the dressing. It’s super simple.

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We cut up our fruits. Keep them roughly the same size.

I had a combination of yellow nectarines & white. I think it makes the salad extra pretty.

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Burrata gets torn. (I added olive oil on top of the shreds just to entice you!)

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We compose our salad. I served mine on a baking sheet. That would make a nice entrance at a party!

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Drizzle the white balsamic dressing on top.

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The cold burrata is wonderful with the juicy nectarines.

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I mean….

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 Caprese gets elevated!

Nectarine Caprese Salad

serves 4

recipe adapted from Sunset Magazine

  • 2-3 large heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 ripe nectarines
  • 8 oz. bur rata cheese, or fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaked sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

Cut the tomatoes and nectarines into large wedges and arrange on a platter. Tear burrata into large chunks and distribute over the top. Scatter basil and mint over salad.

Whisk together vinegar and oil in a small bowl. Drizzle over salad. Sprinkle with salt and cracked black pepper to taste.

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  • July 9, 2014

    Looks like the perfect summer salad to me!! :)

    That burrata…….

  • July 9, 2014

    Talk about PERFECT!!! The heirlooms, the nectarines, the white balsamic vinegar and burrata, wow, there is every single thing a salad should be and have all right here! I just bought 6 nectarines yesterday – need to make this! pinned

  • Lily
    July 9, 2014

    Pretty! I’ve never had burrata before, guess I’ll have to make this salad soon to try it.

    (ps. The burrata is not listed among the ingredients ;)

    • Tracy
      July 9, 2014

      Oooof. Thank you!!! I can’t believe I forgot to type that out.

  • July 9, 2014

    Seguro que las nectarinas se adaptan genial a la clásica caprese… Qué rico!

  • July 9, 2014

    This looks gorgeous – amazing colours! Also, I loooove nectarines!! Mm!
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  • July 9, 2014

    Haha, Tracy! I Love that you said you bought yourself all of the fruit because that’s totally the case here whenever I buy fruit too. Why don’t husbands eat fruit!? This salad looks crazy good and perfect for all of my summer favorites even if my husband doesn’t share the love of caprese and fruits.

  • Jane M
    July 9, 2014

    The nectarines here in NJ are hard like apples – grrrr – so I think I have to wait a few more weeks before trying this gorgeous salad! OH my! #yum!

  • July 9, 2014

    So good. So very good!

  • July 9, 2014

    Nectarine and burrata, a great combination in my opinion. Last week I made a salad a lot like this one and added some melon as well. My husband and me liked it a lot.

  • July 9, 2014

    I just drooled on my keyboard.
    Hope IT doesn’t ask any questions.

  • I’m going to have to try this because I tried a similar thing (peach, basil & mozarella pizza) for my blog & it was the most tasteless this ever – THIS looks like it could write that wrong :)

  • Jillian
    July 9, 2014

    I want this….. rightnow!!!!!

  • July 9, 2014

    Surely you could juice extra nectarines and make a kick-ass sherbet…just sayin’… = )

  • July 9, 2014

    Such an amazing-sounding summer salad! I think I would also be unable to resist a flat of nectarines were I presented with the opportunity to buy one. :) Hey, more fruit for you! And you can always make a simple freezer jam if all else fails, right?

  • July 9, 2014

    YUM! I love nectarines, the idea of adding them to a caprese is genius! I love sweet and salty combos, so I can’t wait to make this!

  • Oh Tracy, you are torturing me with delicious food! I was daydreaming about caprese salad in a full-day meeting we had last week, and then here you are with a delightful extra summer adaptation :)
    We are in the depths of winter right now and there are no nectarines to be found. You can be sure though that when the first flats of summer appear at the market later this year that I will be buying them up and making plates of your nectarine caprese salad! Thanks for a summer daydream in the middle of winter :)

  • July 9, 2014

    OMG. I am sitting here at work, wolfing down a bag of gardettos from the vending machine WISHING it was this. This looks amazing!

  • July 9, 2014

    Yum! I love nectarines :)

  • July 9, 2014

    i’m trying nectarines for the first time EVER (i know, i know) tomorrow in salsa… if I like them, I might have to give this salad a whirl! thanks for sharing :)
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  • Jeri
    July 10, 2014

    I’m not a big fruit person, but OMG nectarines. They’re only in season for a brief time in NY but I put them in everything. Burrata and nectarines are something I haven’t tried before. Can’t wait.

  • Jillian
    July 10, 2014

    I just made this. It was effing awesome!

    • Tracy
      July 10, 2014

      YAAAAAAAAY

  • July 15, 2014

    oh, the sweet and savory combination sounds perfect.

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