As the weather warms up my taste buds crave something light but still satisfying. The light part of the equation is easy - the challenge is how to make the salad feel unctuously satisfying. Well that's where the cheese comes in! The two stars in my featured salads are burrata and mozzarella which are delicious close cousins. Burrata has a beautiful supple skin of mozzarella encapsulating a gorgeously soft creamy center of stracciatella and cream. It's oh so satisfying. Ok I could go on and on about burrata, but I must move on to mozzarella. We all know and love this soft cheese. It picks up the flavors of whatever you are serving it with and is a great canvas to showcase fresh produce.
So without further adeau here are my two salad recipes. Hope you enjoy them and hey, leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. xoxo
Burrata Salad with Pickled Red Onion
The pickled red onion is not to be left out of this salad. Trust me, you would miss it. It provides crunch and zing which is exactly what a creamy cheese needs for balance. Oh and it's super easy to make.
Pickled Red Onion
Slice one large red onion thinly
Put raw onions in a colander and pour a kettle full of boiling water over the top.
Place onions in a bowl with lid big enough to have shaking room.
Add to the onions:
Pop the lid on the onions and give it a shake. Allow it to sit for a couple days before serving.
Making the salad
Put all of the salad fixins on a plate of choice. Drizzle with olive oil and squeeze with lemon. Lightly salt and pepper. Place pieces of burrata on top of the salad and top it of with the red onion and fresh basil. Super easy and super yum!
Caprese Salad with a Twist
Who doesn't love this salad. Super clean and delicious. What is that twist? I had left over mandarinequats (yes you read that right) so I added these little jewels and boy was it good. A mandarinequat is a cross between a mandarin and a kumquat and get this - you can eat the entire fruit skin and all. It's sweet and tangy and just lovely.
Making the salad
Put all of the salad fixins on a plate of choice. Drizzle with olive oil and squeeze with lemon. Lightly salt and pepper. Sprinkle pieces of the mandarinquat on top of the salad and top it of with fresh basil. Enjoy with a nice drink and maybe a crust piece of bread.