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Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad

This Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad is jam-packed with fresh summer flavors including juicy heirloom tomatoes, bright peaches, fragrant basil, and creamy cashew mozzarella cheese. It’s a wonderful appetizer or side salad for any summer cookout, easily made vegan!

grilled flatbread next to an heirloom tomato and peach summer salad

What makes something caprese?

How is caprese pronounced?

While some people pronounce this Cah-preh-zee, the proper pronunciation is “Cah-preh-zeh”.

Origins of Caprese Salad for this Peach Tomato Caprese Recipe

The salad is unsurprisingly Italian in origin, specifically the island of Capri. A traditional Caprese salad is comprised of slices of heirloom tomato, leaves of fresh basil, and slabs of fresh mozzarella cheese, seasoned with olive oil and salt. A popular origin story states that it was inspired by the colors of the Italian flag (which has three thick horizontal stripes of red, white, and green).

This recipe is not an “authentic” interpretation of caprese, simply an inspired take! Instead of using just heirloom tomatoes, we are incorporating fresh peaches and cherry tomatoes for more textural and flavor variety. Instead of using a traditional mozzarella cheese in slices, we’re serving this salad with a creamy, cashew-based “ricotta” that perfectly complements the acidic fruits.

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Ingredients Needed (Including Vegan Options)

To season the salad, you’ll make a quick dressing composed of:

  • 1.5 TBS high quality balsamic vinegar
  • 4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • A few twists of black pepper

For the base of the salad, you’ll need:

  • 2 or 3 large, ripe heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 ripe peaches (white or yellow)
  • 1 batch prepared vegan ricotta, or 1 cup ricotta cheese (tips for preparation listed below!)
  • Fresh basil and parsley to garnish

How to Make Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad

  1. First, shake balsamic, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper in a sealed jar to create the dressing.
  2. Then, slice tomatoes and peaches into rings and layer on a large serving tray. Spoon vegan ricotta into the center of the dish
  3. Drizzle the entire tray with the dressing and garnish with fresh herbs to serve immediately.

Tips for Making this Recipe Ahead

I do not recommend making this entire recipe ahead of time, as tomatoes will droop and the peaches will oxidize. However, if you’re making vegan ricotta, this can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge 1-2 days before you plan to prepare the rest of the salad:

To make your own vegan ricotta, blend 1/3 cup cashews, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt, and a splash of water in a high-speed blender until smooth.

close up of sliced peaches and cherry tomatoes on an appetizer plate

What to Serve with Caprese Salad

This recipe can easily be enjoy on its own with a knife and fork. Here are some bread-y pairing ideas:

Easiest Grilled Flatbread

Quick and Easy Focaccia

Other Recipes to Celebrate Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please be sure to leave a rating + review if you give it a try!

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grilled flatbread next to an heirloom tomato and peach summer salad

Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad


  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad is jam-packed with fresh summer flavors including juicy heirloom tomatoes, bright peaches, fragrant basil, and creamy cashew mozzarella cheese. It’s a wonderful appetizer or side salad for any summer cookout, easily made vegan!


Ingredients

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For dressing:

  • 1.5 TBS high quality balsamic vinegar
  • 4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • A few twists of black pepper

For salad base:

  • 2 or 3 large, ripe heirloom tomatoes of varying colors (546 grams)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (180 grams)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 ripe peaches (white or yellow) (525 grams)
  • 1 batch prepared vegan ricotta*, or 1 cup ricotta cheese (130 grams)
  • 2 TBS prepared pesto, optional for swirling into cheese
  • Fresh basil and parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. Begin by mixing all dressing ingredients in a small bowl or sealed Mason jar. Shake or stir to combine and set aside. Wash all produce if you have not yet.
  2. Slice heirloom tomatoes into 1 cm-wide circles. Slice cherry tomatoes into small rounds. Lay tomatoes on a flat tray and sprinkle evenly with 1 tsp salt (this will help to draw out a bit of their water). Set aside while you pit and slice peaches into thin crescents.
  3. On a large platter, begin layering tomato and peach slices so that they slightly overlap. Place cherry tomatoes alongside in small groups, plating ricotta in the center.
  4. Drizzle dressing over over everything on the platter. If desired, swirl pesto into the cheese for an added flavor. Sprinkle fresh basil and parsley over entire plate and serve with flatbread.

Notes

To make your own vegan ricotta, blend 1/3 cup cashews, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt, and a splash of water in a high-speed blender until smooth.

  • Category: Appetizer

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: One sixth of recipe
  • Calories: 201 calories
  • Sugar: 12.4 grams
  • Sodium: 401.5 milligrams
  • Fat: 14.2 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 2.1 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12.1 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 17.7 grams
  • Fiber: 3.1 grams
  • Protein: 3.9 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

Keywords: peach, tomato, caprese, salad, ricotta, side

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Hi, I'm Emily! Garlic Head is a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets. My recipes focus on entertaining-style cuisine, perfect for celebrating all of life's little moments! Meet me here.

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