Raise your hand if you love not cooking on weeknights. My usual dinner recipes are pretty darn simple and don't take long to make. But this recipe, for Peach Arugula Salad with Burrata cheese, is even easier.
And it's so fresh, sweet, creamy, salty, crunchy, tangy and all the other things. You also won't feel like a pig when you shovel a second huge helping in to your mouth. It is salad after all.
Yes, I'm pretty much posting this on the wrong side of summer. This would have been so perfect for you over the last, very warm, 3 months. But I'm a California girl so salads work all year long. In winter, I just add a little farro and maybe use walnut instead of almond. Boom. Who says we don't have seasons here. Hot tip: set out the ingredients for the salad like a salad bar and let your kids (or week night dinner guests – this is a great dish to serve for mid-week entertaining) build their own meal. They may put it together like a salad or they may not, either way there is some great protein and fruits and veggies. Kids love to be in control of what they eat.
Me and arugula are total BFFs. It just gets me like no other green can. It has a ton of flavor, is low in calories, for a relatively large portion, and is high in Vitamin A and K and rich in folates (says Wikipedia – the most trusted source in online information). It's hearty so it stands up to dressing well and I eat it a lot. In sandwiches, on top of pizza, in scrambled eggs. I'm about ready to by it a friendship heart necklace. And Burrata (which is a form of mozzarella, dontcha know)! When I see it Christina Aguilera's ‘Ain't No Other Man' starts playing in my head. Because in the world of cheese, ain't none as bad ass as Burrata. Creamy, smooth, rich – can't no other cheese stand up next to you. Seriously, listen to the song and think of her talking about Burrata. Weird but fun.
How can you go wrong with fresh fruit??? Nature's candy. (I know, technically, raisins have that designation but no one likes raisins). And I know some people don't like their meals or desserts fruited so if they have to, the peaches are fine being viewed as a side dish. But I like them perched right up on top of my arugula, rotisserie chicken and Burrata.
This fresh, filling dinner idea doesn't even have a legit dressing. All you need is a drizzle of really great olive oil and a drizzle of a delicious balsamic. Top with a hearty sprinkle of Maldon sea salt and you have the most delicious sweet and salty meal that hardly took you any time to make! Yum!
- Rotisserie Chicken, shredded
- Fresh peaches, sliced
- Red onion, sliced
- Almonds, sliced or chopped
- Burrata cheese (if you can't find that in your store, use mozzarella
- Olive oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Maldon sea salt
- Set out each ingredient and let your guests or kids build their own salads.
- Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Sprinkle with Maldon sea salt
Need more salad recipes? Check these out:
And don't forget to try my grandmother's Blue Cheese Vinaigrette dressing!