Superb Simple Summer Salad

We are currently sans kitchen at Magnolia Gardens, which means trying some creative (read: simple) recipes. Without a sing with a modicum of water pressure, dishes are kind of disgusting to scrub in the bathtub, and food bits will sully any oft-used sinks. Thus, we’re left to paper plates, plasticware and when absolutely necessary – thoroughly scrubbing (with paper towel) any real silverware or plates that are ‘must use.’

Thus, salads are high on the priority list and grilling becomes second nature. It’s summer, so fortunately both of these things are perfect for the season – a cool salad doesn’t generally involve cooking (all you need is a plate and a fork!) and grilling only involves foil and tongs. Perfect complementary cooking approach – and this dish combines both into one beautifully composed quasi-meal.

Most importantly, burrata is now available at the Ralph’s down the street, which makes me and The Missus very happy. We recently found out about burrata (in a peach salad, no less) – it’s mozzarella with a cream ‘filling,’ a decadent, hearty addition to a salad. Excited to utilize the burrata, and knowing we had peaches, I opted for an apple, a pear (both of which I had), arugula & an heirloom tomato to round out the dish. I was a bit leery about the tomato being included with peach, apple and arugula, but I couldn’t resist the tart crunchiness a perfect heirloom provides.

And it worked. Hopefully you enjoy this really easy, perfect-for-summer salad.



  • one good slab of burrata
  • two peaches, sliced into thick rounds
  • one apple, diced into small cubes
  • one pear, diced into small cubes
  • one heirloom tomato, diced
  • basil, chiffonaded
  • handful of small arugula leaves
  • sea salt
  • cracked black pepper
  • fruity extra virgin olive oil

for the dressing

  • 1 tbsp, balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsbp, honey


  • whisk vinegar and honey in small bowl. cover and set aside
  • plate apple, pear, arugula and tomato into two equal servings
  • grill peach slices until slightly charred with nice grill marks (1 minute). turn over and grill other side for 30 seconds. set on plate
  • place burrata on top
  • sprinkle basil evenly
  • add salt and pepper, to taste
  • drizzle EVOO, to taste
  • serve while finishing off your special glazed grilled chicken drumsticks






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