Peach and Mozzarella Salad With Orange, Basil, and Poppy Seed Dressing

6 Servings
15 min
Who doesn't love a ripe, juicy, sweet as candy peach? Sardegna has the best peaches of all the land- I might be partial. In Italy it is custom to eat fruit after every meal. Whatever fruit is in season that time of year is served after the meal. In the summer time you find local peaches, figs, cherries, apricots, and grapes. We make weekly trips to the orchards nearby and get cases of peaches that go like hotcakes with our big family To this day my zio Peppo (Guiseppe) is famous for his peach peeling (generally, Italians don't like fruit with the peel) and cutting skills. Even at my age I still love a freshly prepared peach from him. It's not that I can't do it myself, obviously, it's the love and desire he shows when he does it for me. When I eat that peach, I feel his desire to nourish my heart and show his love. It's a simple gesture that goes beyond giving someone food. That's the Italian way- spreading love through food. This recipe makes enough to feed a crowd. If you want to make a smaller batch: half the recipe of peaches and mozzarella and use half of the dressing (do not half the dressing recipe just use less on the salad).Made with Amore,Elena
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Peach and Mozzarella Salad With Orange, Basil, and Poppy Seed Dressing

Recipe details

  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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Ingredients

Salad- In a large serving bowl cut and mix:

  • 10 large ripe peaches or nectarines
  • 3-4 cups fresh mozzarella cheese (cubbed)
  • 2 cups Arugula or mixed green salad (optional)

Dressing- shake all ingredients in a Mason jar or mix in a bowl

  • Zest and juice of two large oranges
  • 1 cup fresh chopped basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 TBS of apple cider vinegar (sherry vinegar works well too)
  • 3 Tsp. Poppy seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Putting it all together!

Pour dressing over peaches, mozzarella and arugula (if desired), toss, then serve! The dressing keeps in fridge for about 10 days in the fridge

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  • If you make this recipe please write a comment to tell me your thoughts! I want to connect with all of you through your experience with my recipes. Head to my website, Pinterest, and Instagram account for more delicious recipes! Love, Elena
  • If you make this recipe please write a comment to tell me your thoughts! I want to connect with all of you through your experience with my recipes. Head to my website, Pinterest, and Instagram account for more delicious recipes! Love, Elena

Elena  @mamamiammangia__
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