In this Grilled Apricot Caprese Salad, layers of fresh grilled apricots are paired with creamy mozzarella and bright basil. Then it’s all drizzled in balsamic glaze. The perfect summer salad!
It’s grilling season! We’ve been grilling hot dogs and hamburgers since the beginning of time. Over the years we’ve gotten a little more creative with fish, portobellos and veggies. So what now?
How about fruit!
Fruit and grilling are a match made in heaven. The high heat caramelizes the sugar in the fruit and gives it such an amazing flavor. Stone fruits are in season right now and they’re the perfect thing to grill.
We have an amazing stone fruit stand in town that sells at least a dozen different varieties of freshly picked apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums. The apricots seem to have the shortest season, so I always make sure I take advantage when they have them. There are several different varieties of apricots. Any will work in this salad, so long as they are still a bit firm. You could also substitute peaches or nectarines!
- 4 medium, firm apricots
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- Balsamic glaze (such as Blaze)
- Preheat grill (or a grill pan) over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high.
- Cut apricots in half, remove pit, and brush each half on both sides with coconut oil.
- Place, cut-side down, on the grill and cook 3-4 minutes until fruits have grill marks. Flip and cook another two minutes.
- Let cool slightly, then layer with mozzarella and basil. Drizzle balsamic glaze over top and serve immediately. You can also cool the apricots completely and serve this salad chilled.
This salad is so perfect for early summer before the homegrown tomatoes start ripening in droves. I love that the apricots are a little bit sweet and a little bit tangy– they go perfectly with the creamy mozzarella. Such a fresh dish!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
This is my kind of salad! I love grilled stone fruit! I have got to keep my eye out for some good apricots : )
Oh, yeah — grilled fruit and caprese salad is a match made in heaven! I love that you used apricots — so delicious! Pinned and I wish I had a big plate of this right now. 🙂
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
I LOVEEEEE that you used apricot in this dish! Sooo yummy!
Now I just need to get my hands on some! They haven’t come into season here yet! But you can bet that as soon as they do I will be making this!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
What a neat twist on a classic caprese salad. 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
This salad is SO creative, Jess! I love it! I can’t get enough of anything caprese, so I’m definitely try this out. And I love apricots but always forget to bake with them, so this is just perfect!
Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks says
I love this, Jess! Grilled fruit is so delicious and refreshing. It’s awesome that you used apricots in this caprese!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
What a creative twist! Love that you used grilled apricots in this caprese salad! It looks and sounds amazing!
Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven says
I have SO got to try grilling stone fruit this summer! Because seriously, I cannot even stand how awesome this salad is looking right now! So gorgeous, Jessica!
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says
I LOVE grilling season!!! This salad looks so delicious, I’ve had strawberry caprese salad before and it was amazing, so I can imagine grilled apricots are deeelish!
Thanks, Denise! It was really yummy. 🙂
Annie @ The Garlic Diaries says
I love grilled fruit! This is such a cool spin on Caprese salad.
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Those grilled apricots look amazing! Love this salad!