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Grilled Nectarine Salad With Burrata & Balsamic

This grilled nectarine salad is made with burrata, heirloom tomatoes, arugula, basil, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It's so easy to make and bursting with fresh summer flavours! Recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, and meant to be enjoyed as a side salad.
Cuisine American
Keyword balsamic dressing, burrata, nectarine salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 medium nectarines (ripe, but not too soft/mushy)
  • ~1 Tbsp olive oil (to brush nectarines)
  • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • ~4 cups arugula
  • 1 ball burrata cheese
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing:

Instructions

  • Make balsamic vinaigrette by adding all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or in a jar with a lid. Whisk together or shake jar to combine well. Adjust salt + pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Wash and pat nectarines dry. Slice each nectarine into 8 even pieces. Brush each side of each nectarine slice with a little bit of olive oil (this helps to prevent sticking to the grill).
  • Heat grill or grill pan to medium. Place the nectarine slices on the grill. Let the slices sit, undisturbed, for about 4 minutes or until grill marks start to form. Flip each slice and repeat for another 4 minutes on the other side. Turn off heat when done.
  • Plate salad with arugula, sliced tomatoes, and grilled nectarines.
  • Gently cut burrata into pieces and arrange on salad (or serve as a whole ball). Sprinkle chopped basil over top and add dressing. Toss to combine and serve!

Notes

*SERVINGS: This recipe is meant to be a side salad and will serve about 4 people.
*MAKE AHEAD: This is not the best salad to make in advance or to keep leftovers of as it can get a bit soggy/watery. That said, you can certainly prepare the ingredients a few hours before you want to serve it.
  • Simply chop everything up, make the dressing, and store everything separately in airtight containers in the fridge.
  • You can grill the nectarines in advance or use freshly cut raw nectarines instead.
  • Throw everything together just before serving! I recommend adding the burrata right before serving, as it's quite a liquid/messy cheese :)
 
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS + INGREDIENT SWAPS:
  • If you can't find nectarines, you can make this salad with fresh peaches instead!
  • Instead of using homemade balsamic dressing, you can use a store-bought balsamic vinaigrette or glaze.
  • Instead of arugula you could try another baby leafy green, like baby spinach, baby kale, or watercress. Other greens may be a bit overpowering!
  • Instead of heirloom tomatoes, you can use regular tomatoes. Try to find vine-ripened ones if possible (I find they have the most flavour ;))
  • If you don't feel like grilling the nectarines, you can totally make this just with fresh, raw nectarines. It'll come together super quickly!