Peach, Tomato and Burrata Salad

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Creating a new salad is a fun adventure. It’s exciting to see how well the ingredients you pick will taste together. Deciding what to pair with this beautifully creamy Burrata was a no-brainer because of the abundant supply of peaches and tomatoes. Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream. The outside is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unexpected, creamy texture. The word “burrata” means “buttered” in Italian, giving us a hint, before we bite into the cheese, that its center will be velvety.

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We have made this salad twice. The first time it was lunch for two and the second time it was a side dish for dinner. Actually, the dinner was built around this salad; that’s how delicious it is. Chop 2 or 3 ripe, but not too soft, peaches. Add chopped tomatoes. The second time we made the salad with all grape tomatoes that were sliced in half. They were the perfect size and did not produce too much tomato juice in the salad. Season with a big pinch of kosher salt, the zest of half a lemon and a quick squeeze of lemon, not much more than a couple teaspoons of lemon juice. The next ingredient takes this salad from special to spectacular. Grate about an inch of fresh ginger (or to taste) over the tomatoes and peaches. Even though the picture below shows otherwise, do this before adding the burrata, which is how we made it the second time. Let this marinate until ready to eat. Right before serving, take one burrata ball and pull apart pieces over the salad and add torn basil leaves. The flavors of this salad are absolutely wonderful. The ginger complements the peaches and the creamy cheese adds a decadence that we all deserve once in a while. Enjoy this salad with friends or family drinking something refreshing

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