Recipe Roundup: Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic

One of our best sellers! We’ve combined white balsamic with the fresh flavor of a ripe, summertime peach to create this very light, crisp infused balsamic. This pairs well with fruity olive oils for a shrimp marinade or for a vinaigrette. Find this outstanding balsamic in our stores or on our website.

Grilled, Basil-Rubbed Pork Chops with Fresh Peach Mostarda
Grilled, Basil-Rubbed Pork Chops with Fresh Peach Mostarda

Grilled, Basil-Rubbed Pork Chops with Fresh Peach Mostarda

Mostarda is a traditional Italian condiment that is similar to chutney. It goes well with grilled meats or as a spread served with charcuterie. The savory-tartness of mustard melds together deliciously with the sweetness of the peach balsamic, whose sweetness is enhanced as it reduces and caramelizes. Inspired by Bobby Flay Fit. Serves 4.

Ingredients:

Directions: Peel and dice the peaches, discarding the pit.

Heat garlic oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and sauté until soft; about 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce to medium-low and add the balsamic; bring to a simmer. Add the mustards and a pinch of salt, stir and then add the peaches. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has just about evaporated and the mixture has thickened, about 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over high heat. Rub the pork with the basil oil and season both sides with salt and pepper. Grill the pork for about 3 to 5 minutes a side, depending on thickness of the chops you may need more time, flipping once. They’re cooked through when an internal thermometer reads 145°F.

To serve, arrange pork on a serving platter and spoon the mostarda on top. Serve remaining mostarda on the side.


Heirloom Tomato Salad with Nectarines, Fresh Mozzarella, Crumbled Bacon and Arugula, Tossed in a Summertime Peach and Basil Vinaigrette

This recipe, adapted from Sunset magazine, is what Sunset calls a beach-ready spin on Caprese salad. You’ll love the flavor nectarines bring to these traditionally paired ingredients, and your friends will ask for your peach balsamic source. Serves 4 to 6.

Ingredients:

  • About 2 cups baby arugula (more less, as you wish)
  • 2 tsp. Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic
  • 2 tsp. Sigona’s Basil Oil
  • 2 or 3 heirloom tomatoes, a few 1/2”-thick slices each
  • 1 to 2 large nectarines, sliced into 1/2”-thick wedges
  • 4 to 6 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced and halved
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 or 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled, optional

Directions: Toss arugula in a large bowl with the balsamic and basil oil. Set aside.

On a large platter, arrange the tomatoes, nectarines and mozzarella in a pleasing pattern. Season with a little salt and pepper. Sprinkle the arugula around the top, tucking some down between and underneath the other ingredients.

Top the salad with crumbled bacon; serve.

Citrus Caprese Salad with Beets, Mozzarella and a Basil-Peach Vinaigrette

Citrus Caprese Salad with Beets, Mozzarella and a Basil-Peach Vinaigrette

It’s tart, earthy, creamy, and herbaceous — the nontraditional ingredients used in this recipe allow caprese to be in season almost all year. Finishing with a combination of Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic and Sigona’s Basil Oil adds a flavor that’s not to miss. Serves 2 to 4.

Ingredients:

  • 2 beets, roasted,* peeled and sliced about 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 navel oranges
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • Sigona’s Basil Oil, for drizzling
  • Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic, for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Minced beet greens and/or leaves, for garnish

Directions: Slice the top and bottom off of the oranges so they sit level. Using a paring knife, slice the peel from the fruit, top to bottom, getting as close to the flesh as possible. Once the peel is removed, slice any remaining pieces of white pith from the fruit so no white remains. Cut the oranges crosswise into slices about 1/4-inch thick.

On a serving dish, arrange the salad either in a line or a circle, using a repeating pattern of a slice of orange, a slice of beet and a slice of mozzarella. Season the dish with salt and pepper; drizzle with a bit of basil oil and balsamic. If desired, top with some minced beet greens. Serve.

*To roast a beet: Preheat oven to 400°F.  Scrub the beets and then trim off the root and stalk ends. Save the greens for another purpose, such as salad or garnish. Wrap each beet individually in foil and place on a baking sheet. Roast the beets for 50 to 60 minutes or until they can be easily pierced through the center with a fork. Remove the beets from the oven and allow to cool to the touch. Remove from foil and rub off the skin. They’re now ready for use.


Melon, Prosciutto and Arugula Salad with Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic

Here is a great summer salad that I make all the time. It pairs wonderfully with Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic. Recipe adapted from Food Network. Serves 8 to 10.

Melon, Prosciutto and Arugula Salad with Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic
  • 1 Tbsp. minced shallot
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Sigona’s Meyer Lemon Fusion Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, chives and parsley
  • 1 melon, such as orange-flesh honeydew or cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion*
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto, cut into thin strips
  • 10 oz. wild arugula, washed and spun dry (very dry!)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped toasted sprouted gourmet almonds

*You can take a bit of the bite out of a red onion by soaking slices in ice water for about 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry before use.

Directions: In a mixing bowl combine the balsamic, shallot, mustard, salt and pepper; whisk to combine. While continuing to whisk, add the oil in a slow and steady stream. Whisk in the fresh herbs and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the melon, red onion, prosciutto, wild arugula and sprouted almonds. Drizzle with a couple tablespoons of the vinaigrette and season lightly with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine; all ingredients should be well coated with the vinaigrette; add more if needed, but not too much.

Serve immediately, serve remaining vinaigrette on the side.


Fresh Peach, Grilled Corn and Arugula Quinoa Bowl with a Peach and Baklouti Green Chili Vinaigrette
Fresh Peach, Grilled Corn and Arugula Quinoa Bowl with a Peach and Baklouti Green Chili Vinaigrette

Fresh Peach, Grilled Corn and Arugula Quinoa Bowl with a Peach and Baklouti Green Chili Vinaigrette 

Fresh sweet peaches, creamy avocado, smoky grilled corn and so much more. All the flavors in this salad play well together! Baklouti oil packs a punch…you’ve been warned! Using quinoa provides the protein part of this macro bowl, with the avocado and olive oil covering the healthy fats. The corn checks off the carbohydrates box. For more protein, add some beans, grilled chicken or even tempeh. Inspired by Half Baked Harvest. Serves 2 to 4. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa,
  • 3 Tbsp. Sigona’s Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil (Baklouti oil is spicy! Try it first; to tame the heat, mix Baklouti oil with regular Sigona’s olive oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, liquid aminos or coconut aminos 
  • 2 tsp. honey, such as local, raw honey from Honey Hole Honey Co., available only at Sigona’s
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger grated
  • 2 ears grilled or roasted corn, kernels removed
  • About 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped, plus more leaves for garnish
  • Optional: 1/4 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced on the bias
  • 2 Sweet mini peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • About 2 big handfuls arugula
  • 1 or 2 ripe yellow peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
  • Optional: A couple Tbsp. crumbled goat cheese or feta (leave it off for a dairy-free bowl)
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Cook quinoa according to package directions. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic, soy/aminos, honey, lime juice and ginger. 

To the vinaigrette, add the quinoa, corn, basil, mint (if using), green onions, peppers and tomatoes; stir to combine. Add the arugula and toss until well incorporated. 

Transfer mixture to a serving bowl or divide among 2 to 4 smaller bowls. Top the dish with the sliced peach and avocado, sprinkle on the almonds and feta, and finish with freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately. 


Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes Drizzled with a Summertime Peach White Balsamic & Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Vinaigrette featuring Sigona's Meyer Lemon Fusion Olive Oil and Sigona's Summertime Peach White Balsamic
Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes Drizzled with a Summertime Peach White Balsamic & Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Vinaigrette

Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes Drizzled with a Summertime Peach White Balsamic & Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Vinaigrette

You’ll be pleasantly surprised how the peach pairs with the tomatoes in this dish. Make sure to enjoy this while local heirloom tomatoes are available! Another fantastic vinaigrette combination for caprese is our Meyer lemon oil and our oregano white balsamic.

Vinaigrette:

Caprese:

  • 1 lb. assorted heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/4-1/2-inch thick slices (I’m partial to the Cherokee Purple)
  • 2 TBL thinly sliced (chiffonade) basil
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella, such as Galbani, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions: Slice the tomatoes first and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Let them rest for a few minutes to bring out the intense tomato flavor.

In a small bowl, briskly whisk together the three ingredients for the vinaigrette.

Arrange the tomato slices and mozzarella slices, slightly overlapping one over the other, on a serving platter. Sprinkle on the chiffonade basil and drizzle on the vinaigrette.


Fresh Greens and Local Nectarine Salad with Sigona’s Summertime Peach & Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Feel free to add or remove more summer fruits as you see fit, or as you see in your fridge when it comes time to make this salad! Strawberries would make a nice addition. Serves about 4-6.

Sigona's Summertime Peach White Balsamic
Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Sigona’s summertime peach white balsamic
  • 1/4 cup of Sigona’s Meyer lemon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. spinach or arugula (if it’s not pre-washed, make sure you get it very dry after rinsing)
  • 1 – 2 locally grown nectarine, pitted and chopped
  • 1 – 2 green onions, diced on a bias
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries (or other dried fruit – we have a lot!)
  • 1/4 cup orange honey walnuts or glazed walnuts
  • 4 oz. crumbled Feta or goat cheese

Directions: In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Place greens in a large bowl. Top with the nectarine, green onions and dried blueberries. Drizzle on the vinaigrette and toss, toss, toss, toss. I mean really toss – you want to get all the pieces coated well.

Top the salad with the walnuts and crumbled cheese. Serve immediately.


Summertime Peach & Garlic Grilled Shrimp with Nectarine, Cucumber & Lime Chop Salad
Summertime Peach & Garlic Grilled Shrimp with Nectarine, Cucumber & Lime Chop Salad

Summertime Peach & Garlic Grilled Shrimp with Nectarine, Cucumber & Lime Chop Salad

Fresh, fruits, grilled shrimp and Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic just scream summer. The shrimp take on fantastic flavor from the marinade and pair delightfully with the fresh flavors of the chop salad. Serves 2 to 4.

Chop Salad:

  • 2 nectarines, diced
  • Half an English cucumber, halved, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp minced jalapeno, to taste
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime, about 1 to 2 Tbsp juice, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Sigona’s Garlic Oil
  • Salt, to taste

Shrimp:

Special Equipment:

  • 4 skewers (if wooden, soak in water for at least 10 minutes before use)

Directions: Begin by preparing the salad to give it time to sit and allow the flavors to meld. In a medium bowl, gently stir together all the ingredients, starting with just a pinch or two of salt. Stir occasionally, while preparing and marinating shrimp; adjust seasoning as needed.

In a medium zip-top bag, mix together the balsamic and oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper then add the shrimp. Allow to marinate in the fridge, flipping the bag every now and then, for no more than 30 minutes or the balsamic will begin to cook the shrimp.

Remove shrimp from marinade and thread onto the skewers. Grill the shrimp skewers on an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes a side, flipping once, until the exterior is pink, tails are reddened and the flesh is slightly opaque. Remove from grill and set aside.


Stir the salad and transfer to a serving platter. Place grilled shrimp skewers atop the salad and serve.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches and Basil with a Summertime Peach Balsamic Reduction

Sweet, salty and herbaceous, with a little tangy flavor from the peach balsamic reduction, these make a simple, healthy, delicious and beautiful appetizer. You can use nectarines in place of the peaches, if desired. Mint can also be used in place of the basil. Makes 16 slices, serves 8.

Ingredients:

Directions: Pour balsamic into a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a slow simmer; let reduce over the heat for about 3 minutes. Turn the heat to low; allow it to continue to reduce, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about half, about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat (it will continue reducing and become syrupy).

Meanwhile, slice each piece of prosciutto lengthwise into three strips, then slice each strip in half.

Slice each peach in half and remove the pit. Cut each half into 4 slices. Place a basil leaf on one side of each peach slice and then wrap a strip of prosciutto around the middle of the peach, securing the basil leaf to the peach. Place on a serving dish. Repeat with each peach.

Just before serving, drizzle the balsamic reduction over the prosciutto-wrapped peaches.


Fresh Summer Fruit Salad with a Summertime Peach White Balsamic Reduction
Fresh Summer Fruit Salad with a Summertime Peach White Balsamic Reduction

Fresh Summer Fruit Salad with a Summertime Peach White Balsamic Reduction

These are some of my favorite summertime flavors, all topped with a light, syrupy peach balsamic reduction. You can always try basil in place of the mint for another new twist on this classic dish. It also makes an absolutely amazing ice cream topper or a delightful fruit shortcake with fresh whipped cream.

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh, local peach or nectarine, halved, pitted and cubed
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries and/or blueberries
  • 1/3 cup Sigona’s Summertime Peach Balsamic (Our Golden Pineapple balsamic would be another great option.)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint or basil, depending on which flavor you’d like to incorporate

Directions: Combine all the fruits together in a large bowl. Set aside.

Add the balsamic to a small skillet over medium high heat. Bring to a light boil, stirring, and cook for two minutes. Stir in the mint and remove from the heat.

Drizzle the reduction over the fruit. Gently fold to mix well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

NOTE:  This also makes an absolutely amazing ice cream topper or a delightful fruit shortcake with fresh whipped cream.


Nectarine & Prosciutto Pizza with Pesto and Fresh Mozzarella
Nectarine & Prosciutto Pizza with Pesto and Fresh Mozzarella

Nectarine & Prosciutto Pizza with Pesto and Fresh Mozzarella

Baking this pizza on locally made Viccolo corn meal crust makes all the difference; its absolutely delicious and the flavors pair well with the basil pesto and nectarines. You can use peaches in place of the nectarines if you wish. Inspired by Eating Well. Serves 2 to 4.

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. prepared basil pesto (see a recipe for Sigona’s pesto below), more or less to taste
  • 3 to 4 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp crumbled feta
  • 1 Viccolo organic corn meal pizza crust, regular or gluten free
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced prosciutto
  • Half of 1 locally grown California Clean nectarine, halved, pitted and sliced into at least 6 pieces
  • 2 to 3 tsp. Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic
  • Black pepper, to taste

For the Pizza: Directions: Evenly spread the pesto over the pizza crust. Add on a layer of fresh mozzarella slices and a sprinkling of Feta. Evenly distribute the sliced prosciutto on top of the cheeses, then add, in a circular manner, the nectarine slices.

Bake the pizza according to the directions on the Viccolo crust package.

Just before serving, drizzle on the peach balsamic. Finish with a few twists of fresh-cracked black pepper.

Sigona’s Basil Pesto (Makes about 3/4 cup)

Ingredients:

  • About 1 cup (semi-packed) fresh basil leaves (you can try arugula in place of the basil)
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 3 Tbsp of pine nuts
  • 1/4 tsp. or so each salt & pepper
  • About 1/3 cup Sigona’s Fresh Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions: Place all ingredients, except the olive oil, in a food processor or blender. Turn on the processor to bring ingredients together for about 30 seconds, then drizzle in the olive oil, processing about 1 minute or until you get a good consistency (if you like your pesto sauce thicker, add a bit more cheese…if you want it thinner, add a bit more oil). Use immediately or cover well and store in the fridge up to a week. It also freezes well.


Spice-rubbed Chicken with a Fresh Press Manzanillo, Fresh Peach & Avocado Topping

Pairing the fruity, freshly pressed, medium-intensity Manzanillo from Australia with in-season produce enhances the lovely, summery flavors in this dish. Try the rub with a fish, such as mahi-mahi or snapper, if you prefer something other than chicken. Serves 4.

Chicken

Sigona's Summertime Peach White Balsamic
Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic
  • 2 large chicken breasts, filleted in half so there are 4 thin pieces (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • Salt & pepper (heavy on the salt)
  • Sigona’s Fresh Press Manzanillo (AUS) olive oil, for brushing
  • Juice of 1 large lime

Avocado-Peach Topping

  • 1/2 a large avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium ripe peach, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 Tbsp Sigona’s Fresh Press Manzanillo (AUS) olive oil
  • 3/4 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sigona’s Summertime Peach White Balsamic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 c cilantro
  • Salt and pepper

Garnish (optional)

  • 4 lime wedges
  • 4 sprigs of cilantro

Directions: Begin by preparing the avocado-peach topping. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, peach balsamic and red wine vinegar. Add in seasonings and whisk to combine. Add in fruits and cilantro, stir gently to coat. Set aside.

Heat an indoor stove top grill or outdoor grill to medium high heat.

Brush one side of each of the 4 chicken filets, season with salt, pepper and equal parts of the cumin and paprika. Flip chicken, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper only.

Place chicken on the grill, cumin- & paprika-seasoned side down first. Cook for about 3 minutes a side or until juices run clear. Remove from heat, place on a serving platter and squeeze lime juice over all four pieces of chicken.

Top each chicken with a spoonful of avocado-peach topping, garnish (if doing so) and serve.

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