Main Dish Salads Vegetarian

Peach & Fresh Mozzarella Arugula Salad

August 26, 2014

Welcome to my new obsession. Peach & Fresh Mozzarella Arugula Salad has been my dinner for more nights than I can count. And don’t hate me for finally sharing this with you now that peaches are ending their season. It’s cruel, I know. My sweet friend Natalie at Tastes Lovely shared this salad on her blog back in July and used fresh burrata instead of mozzarella. I haven’t been lucky to score any burrata where I live, but fresh mozzarella makes a mighty fine substitute. I love the simplicity of this salad, and it looks so pretty plated. It’s a breeze to create and you won’t believe how incredible it is. It’s actually quite filling, too. Sweet peaches, creamy mozzarella, and peppery arugula in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. The finishing touch is a sweet balsamic glaze.

Peach & Fresh Mozzarella Arugula Salad

So, how’s it taste?

Yep, this pretty much ranks in my top five of best meals I’ve had all summer. When I first made this salad, I made two servings and devoured both. I thought, “That won’t fill me up. I’ll make one big salad.” I was in a food coma after that. A food coma…from a salad. Never thought that would be possible, but apparently there are only so many peaches and slices of mozzarella one stomach can hold. I guarantee it will happen to you because you will love this salad so much, you won’t stop eating it.

Peach & Fresh Mozzarella Arugula Salad

The homemade dressing is so good, I’ve memorized the recipe. Any time I want any kind of salad, I can whip up this awesome dressing in a snap. It’s also the dressing I used in this Spinach Walnut Power Salad!

Peach & Fresh Mozzarella Arugula Salad

Yield: 2 servings

Peach & Fresh Mozzarella Arugula Salad

Ingredients:

Salad
3 peaches, sliced along the pit, then sliced into 1/2-inch-thick half moons (I also peel mine)
8 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices (or try burrata)
6 oz. arugula
2 tbsp. balsamic glaze (not balsamic vinegar)
salt & pepper to taste

Dressing
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. honey
salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Arrange the peach and mozzarella slices along the outer edges of two plates, leaving the center open.

2. For the dressing, mix all the dressing ingredients and whisk until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add in the arugula, and toss to coat.

3. Add the dressed arugula to the center of each plate and drizzle balsamic glaze on the peaches and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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  • Sues August 28, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I was JUST thinking last night that I need to start incorporating peaches into my salads… And this looks like the absolute perfect way to do so!!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice August 28, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Love the flavors in this salad, Leah! Perfect for the summer!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 28, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I must admit, I used to hate fruit in salads, but I love it now. This looks like the perfect combination too.

  • cheri August 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Leah, what a great salad, love fruits and greens together, gorgeous presentation!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout August 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Ooh I love the sweet peaches and creamy mozzarella contrasting with the biting arugula here! Yum πŸ™‚

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen August 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Leah, I love this recipe!! Natalie made with burrata and it was awesome, but I also love peaches with mozzarella. Great combo!

  • Anne August 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    This sounds like an amazing combo!!!

  • Kelly September 2, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Love this pretty salad! Arugula is my favorite and with peaches and mozarella sounds amazing!

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely September 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Oh this just makes me so happy I could squeal Leah! I am so glad you love this salad!!! It’s one of my favorite recipe I created all summer. I probably made it at least once a week. And burratta is so hard to find! They have it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, but I’ve gone a few times and they were out. Drat! So I’ve used mozzarella too and it’s a great substitute. What are we going to do when peaches are out of season?!?

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!!! Hugs to you friend!

    • Leah Short September 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

      I am seriously this recipe’s stalker. I’m definitely going to have to check out Whole Foods or the dreaded Trader Joe’s (we only have one and parking is a nightmare so I never go) to find Burrata. Can’t wait to make this all summer long next year!

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