BABY GEM LETTUCES with GRILLED PEACHES, BURRATA & MARCONA ALMONDS
by Caroline Somers
Burrata is like the goat cheese of the 90s! it’s everywhere and I shamelessly love it. Unlike it’s firmer counterpart fresh mozzarella, Burrata is softer, creamier and so delicious. In this salad, I pair it with grilled summer peaches for sweetness and salty Marcona almonds and caramelized shallots. Crisp lettuce, creamy cheese, sweet peaches, salty almonds and shallots… then the combination of Infusio Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Pomegranate Balsamic makes it absolutely SING!
4 heads baby gem lettuces, red and green leaf
4 ripe summer peaches, halved and seeded
15 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 ball Burrata (or substitute fresh buffalo mozzarella)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Infusio Meyer Lemon Olive Oil (available at SuzanneSomers.com)
Infusio Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar (available at SuzanneSomers.com)
1 cup salted Marcona almonds
Wash the baby gem lettuces and arrange in a bowl to showcase the beautiful varieties.
To Grill Peaches:
Slice the summer peaches into wedges. Place them onto a hot grill, gently turning to char each side of the peach. Remove and set aside in an oven-proof dish. Keep warm in oven 200 degree until ready to serve.
To Caramelize Shallots:
Place a saute pan on medium high heat. Add olive oil to cover bottom of pan, then the shallots. Saute shallots, stirring frequently, until they release all the moisture and begin to caramelize. Turn down heat to medium low and continue caramelizing until they are uniformly brown and candied. The process will take about 30 minutes. Remove from pan, season with sea salt and set aside.
To Arrange Salad:
Toss the lettuce with Infusio Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, then season and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Arrange onto individual serving plates. Gently slice or break the burrata into 6 pieces and place a nice dollop on top of the lettuce. Arrange 3-4 hot grilled peaches on the side of the burrata. Season the cheese with additional salt and pepper. Drizzle the Infusio Pomegranate Balsamic over the top of the lettuce, cheese and peaches. Sprinkle with Marcona almonds and caramelized shallots.