Oh how I like salads like these, a few ingredients, minimally prepped, coming together to make something more than the sum of its parts. I can’t begin to describe how much I love light summery foods that don’t require me to expend a lot of energy, yet are delicious, filling, and satisfying.
Our house here has no air conditioning and by 10 am I no longer want to move. I literally take cold baths to cool down. … but I still have no issues making this salad. Its almost peach season again and I wanted to make sure I shared this recipe before I let it lapse through another season. I implore you to make this once the stone fruits come around again.
In this salad the creamy mozzarella compliments sweet soft peaches and bursts of lemon. This is fantastic to make just as a dinner for yourself, hem hem. Or it’s lovely as a starter to make for company. I definitely lump this into company food category, but, as I’ve mentioned, it’s not too fussy! So, gather your friends around, have that BBQ, and make this salad beforehand.
You do use the lemon peel here, so unsprayed and unwaxed lemons are best; if you can’t find any rinse them with some vinegar and water to scrub off the wax. Also, I prefer the smaller basil leaves for their concentrated flavor and softer texture. I substituted burrata for buffalo mozzarella because the stores were out. I’m glad they were, it’s fantastic!
Peach and Mozzarella Salad
Adapted from Borough Market
2 large unsprayed lemons
3/4 cup olive oil
4-6 fairly ripe peaches, depending on size
2 balls buffalo mozzarella
8 sprigs of basil
In a small frying pan heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. While that is warming up, peel the zest from the lemons; remove any of the bitter pith still attached. Cut the zest into thin strips.
Place a paper towel lined plate near the stove. Once the oil is hot, add the zest for about 30 seconds. You’re looking for the zest to curl, color, and crisp up. Scoop and drain on the paper towel lined plate. Allow the oil to cool. Once cooled, juice the lemons, about 4 tablespoons, into the oil. Add in some salt and whisk all together.
Slice up the peaches, dividing them among plates if you’re sharing. Sprinkle the peaches with the lemon juice and olive oil, then tear up the mozzarella (if using burrata) or cut up nicely and cleanly if you want to be more prim about it. Spoon more dressing over the mozzarella and sprinkle with the lemon zest and basil. Enjoy!