It wouldn’t be summer without the arrival of Metropolitan Market’s annual Peach-O-Rama event. This year is particularly sweet as the supermarket celebrates 20 years of bringing customers the juiciest and sweetest peaches from around the country. To help celebrate the event, we partnered with Metropolitan Market in Proctor, WA to create their Peach and Fresh-Stretched Mozzarella Salad! It’s the perfect blend of savory and sweet, and is excellent alone or as a side to grilled halibut or chicken.
The Sweetest Thing
20 years ago, dissatisfied with the dull and often flavorless peaches available in stores, Metropolitan Market CEO, Terry Halverson, yearned for the peaches he grew up eating as a child in Yakima, WA. Wanting “to capture the feeling of fresh juice dribbling down his chin and a flavor explosion like no one had in stores,” Halverson and food consultant, Jon Rowley, set out on a quest to find the best-tasting peaches in the country.
After scouring the countryside for the juiciest and most flavorful peaches, Rowley built partnerships with farmers along the way whose peaches scored at least a 13 Brix measurement (an indication that the fruit was ripe, sweet, and ready to eat). Thus, Peach-O-Rama was born.
Today, thanks to Halverson and Rowley’s dedication and love for great peaches, customers still flock to the supermarket to snatch up the best peaches they will eat all summer long during Peach-O-Rama. Plus, not only is it a great opportunity for customers to experience quality fruit but it strengthens relationships with local farmers around the country, and we think that is just peachy.
Read the full Peach-O-Rama story here, and head over to your nearest Metropolitan Market for a chance to bite into the very best!
Peach and Fresh-Stretched Mozzarella Salad
This salad can be served alone, on crostini or as a side dish with grilled halibut or chicken. Delish!
- 3 large peaches, cubed
- 1 ball fresh-stretched mozzarella, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, for drizzling
- Combine peaches, fresh-stretched mozzarella, basil, and pistachios in a medium sized bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic. Season with a pinch of salt and lightly toss.
- Serve on a crostini and enjoy!
For other great recipes from Metropolitan Market, check out these Smoothie Bowl recipes. Also, a huge thank you to Metropolitan Market for the great recipe and fresh ingredients!
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