peach, mozzarella & sweet balsamic salad

July 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

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The peaches are here! The peaches are here! I have been spending the last few weeks heading to the farmers markets hoping to find peaches in one of the large blue bins. There were a few weeks of anticipation and then disappointment when they had not yet arrived, but they are officially here. And so my love affair with peaches has begun.

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I think I could eat three peaches a day for the rest of summer and still not be satisfied. Some people might call my addiction a little out of control but I don’t care. The good peach season is so short that I am terrified of the day when I get a mealy, mushy peach signifying the end of summer. So for now I’m buying as many as I can, multiple days a week and eating them with almost anything. Peaches are great on cereal in the morning, yogurt for lunch and in salads at night. And when you have good peaches you don’t have to do too much else to make a recipe great, hence the simplicity of the peach and mozzarella salad.

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And the reduction for this salad, simply stated, is great. Reductions sound fancy, they look pretty, they have distinct flavor and yet are so simple to make. There are few recipes that only have three ingredients and taste so complex but this is one of them.

Happy peach season!

Serves 2 to 3 as sides
Inspired by Real Simple

2 peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, sliced
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Pour balsamic into a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the balsamic to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer on low, stirring occasionally until the vinegar reduces by half. This should only take a minute or two. Remove from stove and cool completely.

Arrange the sliced peaches and mozzarella on a platter and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.

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