What does summer mean to you? Summer to me means fresh produce, stone fruit and berries galore, lots of vegetables, and access to all possible colors at the farmer’s market. Visiting the market is eye candy! The heaps and piles of peaches, nectarines, pluots and cherries, and baskets of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, make me so happy! I crave light, refreshing salads during summer, using all the local, seasonal produce.
I make a grilled peach and burrata salad every year, but this year I decided to notch it up a bit. I used all ingredients from the farmer’s market, except the burrata and the hazelnuts. I grilled up peaches and nectarines brushed with orange blossom honey, and grilled red onions as well. Then came a bed of arugula, with the grilled peaches and nectarines, pluots, cherries, heirloom cherry tomatoes, grilled red onions, burrata, chopped hazelnuts and basil leaves, with a final sprinkle of black pepper.
For the dressing, I used Nectarine and Star Anise Jam, from Jam Lab, with balsamic vinegar(or glaze), olive oil, salt and pepper. Its a sweet and tangy dressing that goes so well with this salad! This is summer on a platter!
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Enjoy summer you lovely people!