Summer Orchard Salad

In the world of culinary delights, there’s something about making your own vinaigrette that feels like a rite of passage. It’s the blend of simplicity and sophistication, of basic ingredients coming together to create something truly extraordinary. Today, we’re diving deep into a recipe that embodies the essence of summer with its fresh, vibrant flavors and textures: a homemade vinaigrette over a lush salad featuring cherry tomatoes, peaches, cherries, burrata cheese, and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Why This Recipe?

This vinaigrette and salad combination is perfect for those who appreciate the elegance of simple, fresh ingredients. It’s an ideal dish for summer gatherings, lazy weekend brunches, or just a delightful way to bring a touch of gourmet to your everyday meals. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a culinary novice, this recipe is straightforward, rewarding, and adaptable to your taste preferences.

For Whom Is This Recipe Perfect?

  • Health Enthusiasts: With a base of extra virgin olive oil and an array of fresh herbs, this recipe is as nutritious as it is delicious.
  • Foodies: The combination of textures and flavors, from the creamy burrata to the sweet and tangy fruits, will satisfy the most refined palates.
  • Busy Individuals: Despite its fancy appearance, this salad is surprisingly easy to put together, making it perfect for a quick yet impressive meal.

Ingredients and Directions Overview

The vinaigrette is a harmonious blend of extra virgin olive oil, either balsamic or champagne vinegar, honey, shallot, garlic, lemon zest, and a medley of fresh herbs. This dressing marries well with the salad’s sweet peaches, juicy cherries, and hearty cherry tomatoes, all brought together with the luxurious creaminess of burrata cheese and the crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Glass jar with a lid (for the vinaigrette)
  • Whisk
  • Large bowl
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Grill or toaster (optional, for bread)

Recipe Swaps and Variations

  • Vinegar: While balsamic and champagne vinegar are recommended, feel free to experiment with apple cider or red wine vinegar for a different twist.
  • Honey: Agave syrup or maple syrup can be used as vegan alternatives.
  • Cheese: If burrata is not available, try mozzarella balls or goat cheese for a different flavor profile.
  • Nuts: Almonds or walnuts can replace pumpkin seeds for a different crunch.

Tips and Shortcuts

  • Prep Ahead: Chop the herbs and vegetables ahead of time to streamline the assembly process.
  • Dressing: Make the vinaigrette in a larger batch to have on hand for quick and easy salads throughout the week.

How to Store Leftovers

Salad is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Keep the vinaigrette separate to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.

Suggested Pairings

  • Wine: A crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or a light RosΓ©, complements the salad’s fresh flavors beautifully.
  • Bread: Grilled sourdough or a crusty baguette pairs wonderfully, offering a satisfying crunch and a way to soak up the delicious vinaigrette.

FAQs

Can I make the vinaigrette without honey? Yes, you can simply omit the honey or substitute it with a syrup of your choice for a vegan version.

How can I make this salad a complete meal? Add grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu for a protein-packed dish.

Is there a non-dairy alternative to burrata? While the creamy texture of burrata is unique, you can use avocado slices for a dairy-free creamy element.

Bringing It All Together

Creating this salad is about more than just following a recipe; it’s an opportunity to play with flavors, textures, and ingredients. It’s a testament to the beauty of fresh produce and the magic that happens when you combine them with care and creativity.

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Summer Orchard Salad


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Dive into the flavors of summer with this vibrant Orchard Salad topped with creamy burrata and homemade balsamic vinaigrette! πŸ…πŸ‘πŸ§€ Perfect for sunny days and al fresco dining


Ingredients

VINAIGRETTE
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic or champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 shallot, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, grated
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
Red pepper flakes, to taste
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
SALAD
1 1/2 – 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved if large
2-3 peaches, sliced into wedges
1 cup pitted fresh cherries
8 ounces burrata cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds


Instructions

To make the vinaigrette: Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a glass jar and whisk until smooth. Taste and adjust the chili flakes, salt, and pepper as needed.
Salad preparation: In a large bowl, toss the tomatoes, peaches, and cherries with 1/3 of the dressing. Let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature or up to 4 hours in the fridge.
Serving: Break the balls of burrata around the salad. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette, top with pumpkin seeds, and sprinkle additional fresh herbs. Serve with grilled or toasted bread.

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