Nectarine Caprese Salad

This Nectarine Caprese Salad is a classic caprese with an untraditional twist, with the additions of sweet nectarines, crisp cucumbers, and a vibrant pesto dressing. Topped with a sweet balsamic glaze and flaky salt, this delicious summer salad is surprisingly simple and absolutely satisfying!

Nectarine Caprese Salad

This Nectarine Caprese Salad is truly summer perfection! Admittedly, it’s a bit untraditional with the addition of crisp cucumbers and sweet nectarines, but that’s what makes it such a fun and refreshing salad!

All the fruits and veggies are tossed with fresh mozzarella pearls and a pesto vinaigrette, which totally elevates the flavor. Especially if using a homemade pesto like my lemon pesto or nut-free pesto.

Enjoy as an appetizer or as a side or entree salad with the addition of some protein, like grilled chicken, shrimp, or pesto crusted salmon.

Why this Nectarine Caprese Salad Recipe is SO Good!

  • It’s delicious!
  • Classic caprese salad is given an untraditional twist with cucumbers and nectarines.
  • The cucumbers add a refreshing crispness, making the salad not too heavy.
  • Sweetness from the nectarines pairs perfectly with the herby, tangy pesto salad dressing.
  • There are so many complementary flavors and textures, making this salad incredibly satisfying.
  • It keeps well and can be made ahead.
  • You need less than 10 ingredients to make a nectarine caprese salad!

Ingredients Needed

For a full ingredient list with quantities, please check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

ingredients to make nectarine caprese salad
  • Nectarines: these sweet flavors work so well in a caprese!
  • Cucumbers: untraditional, but they add a hydrating, refreshing, crispness that makes the salad.
  • Tomatoes: a caprese classic!
  • Mozzarella: use mozzarella pearls or chop larger pieces of fresh mozzarella.
  • Basil: fresh basil is a key component of a caprese.
  • Pesto Vinaigrette: all you need is pesto, white wine vinegar, and olive oil.
  • Toppings: while optional, I highly suggest topping with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and sprinkle of flaky salt.

Step-by-Step Directions

For complete instructions, please check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

nectarine caprese salad in a glass bowl
  1. Add nectarines, cucumbers, tomatoes, and mozzarella pearls to a bowl and toss to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the pesto dressing.
  3. Drizzle the pesto dressing over the salad, add the fresh basil, and toss to combine.
  4. Place on a platter, and if desired, top with a balsamic glaze and a drizzle of flaky sea salt (I highly recommend!).

Expert Tips

  • Try to cut the nectarines, cucumbers, and tomatoes into pieces similarly sized as the mozzarella pearls. This gives chopped salad vibes and allows for more a more even bite.
  • Use smaller basil leaves if available. If not, tear or julienne larger basil leaves.
  • I suggest using a seedless cucumber, such as an English cucumber or small Persian or beit alpha cucumbers. If not, scrape the seeds out of the cucumber before chopping.
  • I highly recommend topping with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of flaky salt. It puts a finishing polish on the salad, for taste and appearance.
nectarine caprese salad

Substitutions & Variations

  • For a dairy-free or vegan option, use a vegan pesto and substitute a vegan fresh mozzarella (Miyoko’s makes a cashew milk-based fresh “mozzarella”). Alternatively, you can omit the mozzarella and use a marinated tofu or chickpeas.
  • You can use white or yellow nectarines.
  • No nectarines? Try peaches!
  • For a little heat, add a 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to the dressing, or serve with a drizzle of sriracha.

Storage, Freezing, & Reheating

This Nectarine Caprese Salad is best enjoyed fresh. However, you can prep certain components, like the pesto dressing, in advance to expedite the salad assembly.

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Nectarine Caprese Salad

Nectarine Caprese Salad

This Nectarine Caprese Salad is a unique caprese salad with fun additions of nectarines, cucumbers, a vibrant pesto dressing, and a sweet balsamic glaze.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Lindsey Janeiro, RDN


Pesto Dressing

Nectarine Caprese Salad

  • 2 nectarines about 2 cups chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 8 ounces mozzarella pearls
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves



  • Add pesto salad dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
    2 tablespoons pesto, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • In a large bowl, add chopped nectarines, cucumbers, tomatoes, and mozzarella pearls and toss to combine.
    2 nectarines, 1 cup cucumber, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, 8 ounces mozzarella pearls
  • Drizzle the pesto dressing over the salad, add the fresh basil leaves, and gently toss to combine.
    1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Transfer the nectarine caprese salad to a serving platter and drizzle with balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of flaky salt.
    1 tablespoon balsamic glaze, 1/2 teaspoon flaky salt


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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