Peach “Caprese” Quesadilla {Farmer’s Market Friday}

Peach “Caprese” Quesadilla is a fruity, summer twist on Caprese salad with  juicy, grilled peach, fresh mozzarella, and arugula in a whole wheat tortilla.  It’s topped with plenty of tangy, balsamic glaze  for summer’s best quesadilla!

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Welcome to this week’s installment of Farmer’s Market Friday!  I really missed doing this post last week, but it was important to me not to have a recipe take over the special $200 Amazon card giveaway for Carmel Moments’ blog anniversary that started last week.  You have until July 14, so don’t forget to enter!

That said, let’s get started with this week’s feature, which happens to me one of my favorite summer fruits: PEACHES. 🙂

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Ah, peaches….who doesn’t adore them?  They’re so sweet, so juicy, and just so….peachy. 🙂  They’re one of the fruits that I look forward to the most each summer.  I have a hard time using them in dishes when they’re around because they get gobbled up too quickly!  When I bought them at the market, I earmarked 2 peaches for my creation — this sweet and savory Peach “Caprese” Quesadilla.

I think Caprese salad is one of summer’s best salads ever.  This quesadilla is a play on the Caprese.  Instead of tomato we have juicy, grilled peach, and fresh, peppery arugula is subbing in for the basil.  Of course we still have plenty of fresh mozzarella cheese, because it’s no Caprese without that. Any time I think of Caprese salad, I also think of lots of balsamic glaze drizzled over the top, because that’s exactly what balsamic does here — it takes it right over the top. 🙂

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I was getting funny looks from my kids when I was making these, but boy did they practically lick that glaze right off their empty plates when they were done.  This is such a light, fresh, and healthy meal that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes easily, and nobody’s gonna complain.  Everybody loves a good quesadilla, and these were so much better than good.

Next time you get a batch of peaches from the farmer’s market, remember that peaches definitely aren’t just for pies,  cobblers, and inhaling as is — they’re also terrific in salsas, pizzas, salads, and obviously quesadillas.   Get your grill on and enjoy your new fruity, Caprese twist.  I promise, you’re gonna love it. 🙂

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Peach “Caprese” Quesadilla {Farmer’s Market Friday}
 
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Peach "Caprese" Quesadilla is a fruity, summer twist on Caprese salad with juicy, grilled peach, fresh mozzarella, and arugula in a whole wheat tortilla. It's topped with plenty of tangy, balsamic glaze for summer's best quesadilla!
Serves: 8 wedges
Ingredients
  • cooking spray
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 large peach, halved lengthwise, pitted, and sliced into 1" thick slices*
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced in ⅛-1/4" slices
  • ¼ cup arugula leaves
  • Balsamic Glaze, for serving
Instructions
Prepare the peach:
  1. Preheat your grill and oil the grill grate. When the grill is hot, grill the peach slices 2-3 minutes per side, or until the peach has nice grill marks and is softened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Spread your tortillas out on your work surface. Divide the fresh mozzarella evenly between two of the tortillas. Place the arugula over the cheese, then arrange the grilled peach slices on top of the arugula. Place the other two tortillas over the top, and preheat your skillet. Heat the skillet over medium heat, and once the pan is hot, spray generously with cooking spray. Place one quesadilla in the pan and cook until golden brown on the first side and the cheese has begun to melt, about 2-3 minutes. Flip, and repeat on the other side. Remove from the pan and set on a cutting board while you cook the other quesadilla. Cut with a pizza cutter into fourths, and serve immediately with the balsamic drizzle. Enjoy!
Notes
*Instead of slicing the peach, you can grill it in halves so that you don't have to deal with so many slices. I like to slice mine and grill it for maximum char!

You can purchase pre-made balsamic glaze to save time. If I don't use my own, I buy it at Trader Joe's.

Once the quesadillas are done cooking, if you notice a lot of liquid from the mozzarella, simply lift the top tortilla up and blot gently with a paper towel to remove the excess liquid.

Recipe by Flavor the Moments.