Grilled Peaches With Burrata is a delicious salad with the smoky sweet flavor of grilled peaches combined with creamy burrata and fresh basil to create the perfect summer side dish.
Grilling the peaches caramelizes their natural sugars, intensifying their flavor and creating a deliciously sweet and smoky taste. The grill marks create a visually stunning dish that radiates elegance without requiring excessive effort. Try these in this delicious grilled peach salad.
Fresh basil adds complexity and brightness that enhances the overall taste. If you aren’t a fan of basil you can use mint, dill, or thyme instead. Experimenting with different herbs and combinations of herbs can create new and interesting flavor profiles.
This dish can be served as an appetizer or a light meal, making it a great option for summer entertaining.
What Peaches To Use
When it comes to making a salad with grilled peaches, it’s important to choose the right type of peach. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting peaches for your salad:
- Ripe but Firm: Choose peaches that are ripe but still firm to the touch. Overripe peaches will be too soft and may fall apart on the grill. Under ripe peaches will be too hard and won’t have the same level of sweetness.
- Freestone Peaches: Look for freestone peaches, which have a pit that easily separates from the flesh. This will make it easier to cut the peaches into halves or quarters for grilling.
- Yellow or White Peaches: Both yellow and white peaches work well in salads, but yellow peaches tend to be more flavorful and have a stronger aroma. White peaches have a milder flavor and are slightly sweeter.
- Organic Peaches: Whenever possible, choose organic peaches to avoid exposure to harmful pesticides.
Ingredients for Grilled Peaches with Burrata
This salad is easy to prepare, requires few ingredients, and has an impressive presentation.
- Fresh peaches – You’ll need ripe but firm fresh peaches. You don’t want them to be too soft or they won’t hold up to grilling.
- Olive oil – Use only high quality olive oil for the best flavor.
- Salt and ground black pepper – Adjust to suit your taste.
- Basil – Fresh basil works the best here. You could use dried if that is what you have. You can also experiment with other herbs like mint, dill, or thyme.
What is Burrata?
Burrata is a type of Italian cheese that is made from mozzarella and cream. It has a soft, buttery texture and a delicate flavor that is slightly sweet and milky. The name “burrata” means “buttered” in Italian, which is a reference to its rich, creamy texture.
Burrata is typically shaped like a small pouch or bag, with a soft and delicate texture. The outer layer of the cheese is made from mozzarella, which has a slightly elastic texture and a mild flavor. The center of the cheese is filled with a mixture of cream and curds, which gives it a rich and creamy texture. When you cut into the cheese, the center oozes out, creating a delicious and indulgent experience.
Burrata is typically served fresh, and it is often used as a topping for salads or as a filling for pasta dishes.
How to Make Grilled Peaches with Burrata
Preheat the grill to medium heat.
While it is heating up wash the peaches. Make sure they are ripe but firm so that they don’t become mushy as they grill. Cut the peaches in quarters and remove the pit.
I like to leave the skin on to grill them but you can remove it if you like.
In a bowl, combine the olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the peaches into the oil making sure to coat each piece well.
Place the peaches cut-side down on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes until they have grill marks and are slightly softened. Flip the peaches and cook for an additional 3 minutes until they are fully cooked.
Remove the peaches from the grill and let them cool for a few minutes. Place them on a serving platter or serving bowl. Serve the burrata whole or cut it open, drizzle with more olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste.
This salad can be served as a side dish jut the way it is or as an appetizer, or main course. Here are a few serving suggestions to make the most of this delicious dish:
- Appetizer: Serve grilled peach halves topped with a dollop of burrata and a sprinkle of fresh herbs, such as basil or mint, as an appetizer.
- Salad: Toss grilled peach slices with arugula or mixed greens, and top with crumbled burrata and a drizzle of balsamic glaze or vinaigrette.
- Bruschetta: Top grilled bread with burrata and grilled peach slices, and garnish with fresh herbs and a drizzle of honey.
- Pizza: Use grilled peaches and burrata as toppings for a homemade pizza, along with prosciutto, arugula, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
- Side dish: Serve grilled peach halves alongside grilled chicken or fish, and top with burrata and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
Salads with grilled peaches are best enjoyed fresh, but leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. It is important to store the salad properly to maintain its freshness and quality.
It is not recommended to freeze salads with grilled peaches as they will lose their texture and become mushy upon thawing.
To extend the shelf life of the salad, you can store the grilled peaches separately from the other ingredients. Grilled peaches can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use other types of cheese instead of burrata?
Yes, you can use other types of cheese to make this dish, such as goat cheese, brie, or feta cheese. However, burrata’s creamy texture and mild flavor make it a great complement to the sweet and smoky grilled peaches.
Can I grill the peaches ahead of time?
Yes, you can grill the peaches ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. When you’re ready to serve, simply bring the peaches to room temperature and assemble the dish.
What are some variations I can make to this dish?
There are many variations you can make to this dish to suit your taste preferences. For example, you can add prosciutto or bacon for a salty contrast, or drizzle the dish with honey or balsamic glaze for a touch of sweetness. You can also experiment with different herbs, such as thyme or rosemary, to add a different flavor profile.
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Grilled Peaches with Burrata
- 2 firm-ripe peaches
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) salt
- 1/8 teaspoon (0.25 g) pepper
- 8 ounces (227 g) burrata
- 1 tablespoon (2 g) basil chopped
- Olive oil drizzle
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your grill to Medium.
- Wash the peaches. Cut each peach into quarters removing the pit. In a bowl stir together the olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir the peaches to coat. Place peaches on the grill and grill for 3-4 minutes per side, grilling both cut sides.
- Place peaches on a plate. Add the burrata and cut open. Top with fresh cut basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Angela lives a low-carb lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest with her two kids. She loves to read, cook, bake, try new recipes, and travel.