Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Stonefruit Salad with Burrata


When I get invited to summer picnics, cookouts, or dinner with friends, I inevitably bring this salad. It tastes and looks much fancier than it is, and all you have to do to make it portable is pack each ingredient in a separate Tupperware and assemble it when you arrive so it doesn’t get soggy. It could not be simpler.

If you can’t find burrata in your neighborhood (I usually get mine at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s), I’m very, very sorry for your loss. But chin up – you can replace it with buffalo mozzarella or a small log of goat cheese. Add protein and perhaps some toasted hazelnuts to this salad and you’ve got an entire meal… Enjoy! 

Servings: 6 
Prep Time: 10 min

1 bag pre-washed arugula
1 ball of burrata cheese
2-5 pieces of stonefruit (peach, nectarine, plum), dependent on size
1 bunch mint
1 bunch basil
olive oil
¼ c balsamic vinegar
¾ c olive oil
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Washed and Sliced Fruit
Wash and cut your stone fruit into slices, careful not to include the hard bits surrounding the pit. Here I used 1 peach and 3 small plums. Set aside or pack into a small container for transport.

Adding herbs to your arugula
Empty your bag of arugula into a bowl. Shred mint and basil leaves with your hands, adding about a ½ cup of each to the bowl of arugula. Toss the leaves to mix well. 

Dijon, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Salt and Pepper. Just add the lid and shake.
Whisk together the balsamic, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl (alternatively, place the ingredients in a small container with a lid and shake vigorously… add container to picnic basket). 

Composing the salad
When you’re ready to build the salad, toss the fruit slices and spoonfuls of salad dressing (don’t overdo it) with the arugula mixture. 

Little dollops'll do ya
Break up the ball of burrata into small bite-sized pieces and place atop the salad. Toss very gently so as not to break the burrata. It doesn’t get much easier than that on a summery Saturday afternoon!! 

Nutritional info (1 Serving):

303 calories per serving. Fat 15g Cholesterol 44.8mg Sodium 413mg Carbohydrates 27g Fiber 4.6g Sugars 17g Protein18.4g

2 Responses so far.

  1. Matthew says:

    This is great, it takes longer to buy the ingredients at the market then to assemble the salad and it is fantastic! Thanks for this - I'm going to try it next with some shrimp!

  2. Erin L. says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Matthew! Would be lovely with shrimp or grilled lamb!

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