I love a good salad. And I love how versatile and seasonal they can be. From simply dressed, tender baby greens to elaborate concoctions piled high with grilled meats and cheeses and creamy dressing, salad can be anything from a side to a hearty main meal.
This is one of my favorites. It’s hearty enough to be lunch, but also makes a great starter. It greatness is, however, the sum of a handful of ingredients, so choose wisely and find the best quality you can.
Burrata is one of the stars, and if you’ve never tried it you are in for a treat. The glamorous cousin to fresh mozzarella, burrata is basically like a cheese pouch of heaven. Surrounded on the outside by a layer of mozzarella, the creamy soft interior is a delectable mixture of mozzarella and cream. If you can’t find burrata, you can certainly use fresh mozzarella.
Speck is a type of smoked prosciutto, and thin slices add a note of salty and meaty to this salad. You can use regular prosciutto, or for a vegetarian salad, just leave it out completely.
If you make this in early spring, when the peas are small and sweet, it’s magical. Choose the freshest and tiniest ones you can. The salad doesn’t need a ton, so it really doesn’t take much time to pop them from their pods and blanch them. You can use frozen green peas in a pinch.