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Eat the rainbow with this berry-filled blueberry, nectarine, and burrata salad with maple balsamic vinaigrette.
Remember back in the day when our computers used floppy disks, encyclopedias were our Google, and our moms served us a plain old lettuce tomato salad every night and expected us to get excited about eating our greens?
What a scary world in which we lived.
Now we’re older, wiser, and can ask Siri where we are most likely to find burrata within a one block radius of our apartment!
Oh how times have changed. For the better. At least where salad comes in.
If you’ve been a longtime reader, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to have a Debbie Downer attitude towards my salads. I generally feel like they’re good for a salad (otherwise I wouldn’t share them). But sometimes that kind of good just isn’t good enough.
Sometimes you just need a salad that’s good in it’s own right. This salad is that salad.
Being that May is both National Salad Month and National Vinegar Month, I knew I needed to combine the two to make a salad that would rock our springs and summers while still making bathing suit season far less scary. This wasn’t really all too hard given that I’m a balsamic vinegar junkie and occasionally think I could drink it straight from the bottle. Especially when it’s as sweet and tangy as Pompeian’s balsamic vinegar is!
Liquid gold, I tell ya.
The key to a great salad lies in both the mix-ins and the dressing. I try to add as many colors and textures into my salad as possible, because that generally ensures salad deliciousness. I always like to have a little sweet, a little crunch, a little protein, and a little decadence.
Being that we are in full spring mode here in the northeast, I opted to toss my salad with some juicy blueberries, nectarine slices, and cucumber chunks. Then, for crunch and heartiness, almonds and white beans got thrown into the mix. AND, because every salad needs a little hint of indulgence, creamy burrata was strewn across the top.
Whisk up some maple balsamic vinaigrette, which is the perfect blend of sweet salty savory, and drizzle it on like you can’t stop won’t stop.
We have to make up for lost salad time, after all.
A salad a day, you say? Done and done.
In case balsamic vinegar just isn’t your thing, Pompeian has a number of other vinegar varieties, ranging from red wine vinegar to roasted garlic infused vinegar to blueberry pomegranate infused red wine vinegar…and all of their vinegars are naturally gluten-free! Win/win for all.
What is your favorite salad dressing and how will you be #DressingItUp this salad season?!
- 8 oz blueberries
- 4 nectarines, pitted and sliced
- 1 cucumber, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
- 1¾ cups cooked white beans
- ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
- 8 oz burrata, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 5 oz arugula
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, toss together the blueberries, nectarine slices, cucumber, white beans, almonds, burrata, and arugula.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and mustard. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Toss the salad with the dressing and serve.
For more fruity salad recipes, check out these:
Pickled Nectarine Salad with Burrata
Spinach Salad with Barley and Cinnamon Vinaigrette
From Around the Web:
Spring Berry Salad with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette from Oh My Veggies
Spinach Berry Salad with Blackberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette from Gimme Some Oven
Very Berry Avocado Salad from Diethood
White Berry Salad from Oh Sweet Basil
Making your own dressings makes such a huge difference – and this one sounds great. I will have to give it a try!!
I love fruit on salad but I always forget to put it on my salads that I make at home…I only think of it when I’m out at a restaurant that has salads with fruit on their menu! And I adore burrata – I’m sure it tastes heavenly with the maple balsamic! 🙂
I’m kind of really in love with the sound of that dressing. My parents gave me a bottle of maple balsamic vingar in my Christmas stocking and I’ve been basically drinking it ever since. I’m almost out and I think this will help ween me off of it — or just give me a new vinegary addiction.
Now that looks like summer in a bowl – love everything about it Joanne!
I totally agree with you on salads – they need to have a good variety of mix-ins. This is so up my alley! I could eat this for multiple meals a week.
PS Floppy disks… we are ancient;-)
I’m so glad we live in a world where salads can be fun and awesome. I hate when people “don’t like salad” because I mean, what kind of salad don’t you like?? I could make a cheese salad. This salad looks absolutely out of this world incredible! Especially the dressing 🙂
This salad is beautiful! Love all the mix-ins 🙂 The dressing and those are key, and this salad looks like it has it all!
mmmm burrata makes everything better!
Some days I wonder how I ever survived without Siri….and then I think about my parents growing up without a cell phone and it induces a panic attack. I could never…and yes we are totally twinning today!!!
This is 10,000 kinds of gorgeous, and I’m pretty sure I could drink that vinaigrette right out of the bowl!
I could probably eat this salad everyday – it is the best of everything! The maple balsamic sounds incredible too!
This salad is beautiful and a far cry from a debbie downer!! I love balsamic vinegar in my dressings. Now how can this appear for lunch?
This is my kind of salad Joanne, love this combination. The maple balsamic sounds drinkable!
Salad looks appetizing:)
It is the time of year when I am on a salad kick so this is easily added to my repertoire:D
Joanne, you really know how to make me hungry for salad. Looks lovely!
Hope you had a fabulous long weekend! 🙂
This looks delicious! I want that burrata. Now.
I love a good salad that is packed with all kinds of amazing ingredients and that is exactly what this one is! I just bought some ripe peaches at the store, so I’m all ready for this salad! I’ve never had burata before, but cheese is pretty much the best thing ever, so I’m sure I will love it 🙂
I am so happy the salad season is here. This is my kind of salad, Joanne.
This is my kind of salad! I need to get my hands on some burrata!
I still remember the days of the very floppy, large black disks that I used to play my educational computer games. I felt so fancy when I started transitioning to the “cd-rom.” I’m so glad that nectarines are coming back in season, and I love this simple salad idea!
WOW… how a beautiful salad, Joanne. This looks AMAZING. I wish I could have that for lunch today 😉
I am sad to say that I have never tried burrata. This salad makes me want to change that ASAP! It looks beautiful and delicious.
Oooooh yeah, I do believe i will try this! PERFECT for summer, so fresh and light and cold!
Yup, ice burg and Hot House tomato salad is soooo 1990 😉
This is my kind of salad! I love loaded salads w texture to satisfy my tummy. Great excuse to buy some Burrata too!
I LOVE salads, so I am so excited to try this one … gonna make it this week!
You could put burrata on just about anything and I’d lick the plate.
Woah. I totally have to try burrata now, it sounds awesome. I love homemade salad dressings too. 🙂
This salad sounds fantastic! I still have never had burrata, somehow–must get on that ASAP. Such a great combination with the first fruits of summer. 🙂
Loving all the flavors in this salad and LOVE that you added beans!!
Anything with the word maple in it totally makes me happy. This looks great!
Wow that burrata looks amazing! I need to make sure I have some this summer–both in this salad and on some crusty bread with olive oil.
This is so my kind of dinner! I’m all over the nectarines and blueberries lately. And I love a good salad.
I had my first nectarine of the season over the weekend and it was deeeelicious! I love your blueberry and nectarine idea. Burrata? Forggedaboutit I love the stuff! And that salad dressing? Bring.it!!
Mmm I am entering winter but I will eat this gorgeous salad anyway! Love nectarines and blueberries together 😀
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You had me at nectarine, dang I’m loving this salad!
Isn’t burrata the most heavenly cheese ever? I seriously love the stuff! I think balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite dressings because it has such a sharp tangy flavor. Plus, I love how it pairs well with fruit and veggies. This is a gorgeous salad Joanne!
YES burrata. Instant hit of a salad!
That is too funny. I love asking Siri for everything. She is my to go person especially for directions 🙂 Great looking salad. I need to start whipping some more up and have ready for when on the go. I know I am going to need quite a few coming this summer!
I love burrata so hard. I could seriously eat it on everything!
This salad looks heavenly! The fruit, the vinaigrette, the burrata cheese. I’m gathering all the ingredients as I type. 😛
Not many salads here despite unseasonably warm weather but goodness you make me miss stone fruit when I see your gorgeous salad
I love how your salad has nectarines in it! I love nectarines and they’re out of season here so it will be a while before I can indulge in adding them to a lovely looking salad. I agree that a salad needs to be a good mixture of textures and colours and dressed in a divine vinaigrette xx
nectarines are one of my favorite fruits. I usually like them in slices with peanut butter or yogurt but I could sooo do them with this salad and that vinaigrette. WOW!
This salad looks wonderful. I have never eaten nectarines in a salad, I am going to have to try that. I have tried blueberries in a salad and love them.
Hi Joanne! Okay your blog is stunning. And this salad? Yum! I love love love blueberries and balsamic
It’s also national strawberry month, so I’ll make this salad and throw a few of those in there, too. For good measure and all.
I also tend to eat the rainbow but at the moment its with vegetables. My salad dressing moods depend on the season 🙂
This look delicious Joanne!
I want to attack those luscious chunks of burrata first. Can’t help it, as much as I love salad and nectarines and blueberries and greens–cheese always wins.
Thank goodness iceburg lettuce with tomato chunks has gone the way of floppy disks. When you compare that to this…there is no comparison. This is definitely a salad to rejoice in! I love fruit in salad too 🙂
I love changing up salads! Adding balsamic vinegar is always award-winning in my book. Let’s say this is Salad Done Right. 🙂
I love fruit in my salads during spring and summer. Also need to try this maple balsamic.
GORGEOUS salad Joanne. These photos have me craving salad, which is a pretty big deal for me!
I’m a big fan of salads and of making your own salad dressings. I’ve never had burrata, but it looks deliciously creamy!
I’m so down with salad because I’m obsessed with burrata at the moment. For the record, Trader Joe’s sells it cheap.
I eat scads of salad—-and a ‘scad’ is a lot. This is wonderful. I am really into mixing fruit with greens and chunks of cheese. Nectarines just showed up in my local market. Perfect.
And such a pretty salad too.
I AM ABSOLUTELY LOVING THIS!!!!!!!!!!! I loveeeeee balsamic vinegar and using it as a dressing for salads is just brilliant!!!!! I loveeeeee the addition of the fresh summery fruits and the white beans! Oh, yum!
When people hear my favourite food is salad, they´re like WHAAAT? But THIS is why! Not the lettuce+tomato-kind most people think all salads are made of… I love fruits in salads, and nuts are a must, as well as something cheesy – this salad has my name written all over it! 😉
Holy Cow – this looks Beeeeooooteeeful!!!
What a gorgeous salad! You hit on all the same flavor points I like. I could easily eat this every single day! I’m imagining the burrata with a bite of nectarine and it’s making me drool.
What a gorgeous salad, Joanne! I still have blueberries to use and this shall be a perfect addition to a salad! The dressing looks yummy, I love whole grain mustard – so good in potato salads, too! Have a great weekend, Joanne, hope your finger heals quickly!
Is there anything more swoon-worthy than fruit and burrata slathered in balsamic? YUM.
I`m always down for a deliciously good salads. I`ve had some amazing salads and love that you added nectarine and blueberries into this one.
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