Nectarine and tomato salad with parma ham and buffalo mozzarella

Nectarine and tomato salad with parma ham and buffalo mozzarella

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4
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Jason Lowe

Nectarine with tomato may seem an odd combination for a salad, but it is actually quite exquisite. As with all simple things, it relies heavily on the use of very good ingredients. The nectarines should be sweet and properly ripe, the tomatoes the same. Texturally it is a lovely salad – soft and very refreshing on a hot summer’s day. It should be served just on the cool side of room temperature.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 perfectly ripe nectarines
20 perfectly ripe little tomatoes, such as San Marzano, datterini or cherry tomatoes
few drops lemon juice
20ml good-quality extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 balls buffalo mozzarella
12 basil leaves, shredded, (ideally purple basil)
8 fine slices parma ham
2 tablespoons basil oil
aged balsamic vinegar, to drizzle (optional)

Method

  1. Cut the nectarines in half along their natural division, remove the stones, then cut each half into 3 wedges. Halve the tomatoes. Place the nectarines and tomatoes in a bowl and sprinkle with a few drops of lemon juice. Drizzle over the extra virgin olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper.
  2. Tear the mozzarella balls in half with your fingers and lay 2 halves on each plate. Now build your salad, alternating the peach slices and tomatoes with basil and Parma ham, spooning a little basil oil between the layers and seasoning delicately as you go. Finish with a restrained drizzle of balsamic vinegar if you like.
  3. Serve at once, preferably with some really good chewy peasant-style bread drizzled with olive oil.
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