Every once in a while you strike it rich with a recipe on the first try. This Cherry Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad recipe is one of those golden nuggets that just showed up shining. I think it's mostly thanks to the combination of bursting sun gold cherry tomatoes and the juicy, ripe nectarines. It's early August and both tomatoes and nectarines are peaking, so why not throw them together and make some magic?
While most of my recipes on here are indeed baked goods, sometimes I whip up with something that is too good not to share. Enter my Cherry Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad. The world needs this summery salad in it's life. While my recipes generally feature step-by-step images showing the process of the steps - hello Heirloom Tomato Pimento Cheese Tart, I didn't have the time with this beauty. But, the recipe for this Cherry Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad is stupid simple. I'm quite certain that you all are beyond capable of tossing a few things together in a salad bowl without leaning on images to show you the way.
This Cherry Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad is everything you want in a summer salad; it's bright, fresh, seasonal and a solid mix of salty and sweet. The combo of red and sun gold cherry tomatoes gives the salad a sweet yet acidic base which matches up exquisitely with subtly tart and devilishly juicy, sweet nectarines. The cucumber brings a fresh crunchiness and serves as a nice backdrop to the other flavors happening in the Cherry Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad.
I always like something briny and full bodied in my salads. So I opted to add in some green and meaty Castelvetrano olives for a bit of depth. Sometimes I will even add a splash of the olive juice to the dressing to give it a fuller flavor. The dressing is as simple as it gets, good olive oil, fresh lemon juice, crunchy sea salt flakes and fresh ground peppercorns - and maybe a bit of that olive brine for an additional layer of flavor. Thinly sliced basil brings herby freshness and pairs perfectly with everything on the plate. Then to finish it off, it's topped with soft and creamy hunks of Ciliegine mozzarella that truly make this salad a meal. Serve this Cherry Tomato, Nectarine and Mozzarella Salad with some crusty bread and a glass of minerally white wine and you are set for the rest of summer, sweetie.