This post was originally published here August 24, 2015. I’ve since adjusted the recipe and updated the text and photographs to accurately reflect those changes.
This salad is Summer on a plate! And it might just be my new favorite thing to eat!
Seriously. Don’t sleep on this Summer Stone Fruit Salad with Burrata and Salt & Pepper Almonds. It’s a must-make recipe for RIGHT NOW, when all the gorgeous stone fruit is juicy and ripe for the taking. I always include fresh cherries. And then I like to mix and match peaches, plums and nectarines, depending on what I have on hand. But any and all combinations are welcome here! Because you really can’t go wrong when it’s peak season for so many different stone fruit varieties!
When I’m making this salad for myself, I’m not ashamed to admit that I just throw everything into a big bowl and somewhat haphazardly toss it around. It’s not pretty. But it gets the job done. However, if I’m serving this to others, or simply feeling a tad bit more formal, I will make the effort to “arrange” all the ingredients on serving plates. It makes a big difference in terms of presentation. And I highly recommend you do that, too!
Oh! And the almonds! Sticky, salty and peppery. They are beyond addicting (you’ve been warned!). And they give this salad a crunchy kick that makes it extra satisfying. You only need 4 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of time to make them, so I’m not accepting any excuses to skip out on them (unless of course your allergic to almonds, then skipping is allowed!).
What’s your favorite stone fruit? And what’s your favorite thing to make and/or bake with it? I’m always looking for new ideas, so I’d love to hear how you typically enjoy them. Drop me a line anytime!
Summer Stone Fruit Salad with Burrata and Salt & Pepper Almonds
For the Almonds:
- 1/2 cup raw, unsalted almonds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
For the Salad:
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 4 cups mixed greens
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, torn
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, torn
- 4 peaches, nectarines and/or plums, pitted and sliced
- 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
- 1 (4-ounce) ball burrata cheese, drained
- Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the almonds and toast them, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes or until they just start to smell fragrant. Add the maple syrup and stir quickly to coat the almonds. Then sprinkle them with the salt and black pepper. Transfer the almonds to a parchment paper-lined plate, spreading them out into a single layer. Set aside to cool.
- To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, salt and black pepper. Set aside.
- Add the mixed greens and fresh herbs to a large bowl. Drizzle with about half of the dressing and toss gently to coat. Then divide the greens between two plates and top with the stone fruit and almonds. Tear the burrata into chunks and add it to the salads. Finish with an additional pinch of salt and black pepper, and an extra drizzle of dressing, if desired. Enjoy immediately.
You make the best salads, Liz! I love the almond-crusted goat cheese! Such a great way to use those salted caramel almonds! Sounds delicious!
Liz, this salad looks crazy good! I am a huge peach and fig fan, so this one’s right up my alley! LOVE the colors! Enjoy the week and savor the summer!! It’s not over yet!
Definitely not over yet! Thanks, Mary Ann!
Hahaha I think we should all scream it’s still summer in stores. Thanks for holding on to summer with this salad
Right? Hooray for it STILL being summer!
This looks so fresh and summery-love it!
I’m with you on hanging onto to summer. Here’s to more fruit-filled cocktails and salads like this.
You said it, Matt!
This is absolutely gorgeous! Wow!
Liz, I hear you sister. . but the weather here has been amazingly cool . . it’s freaking 55 right now?! one more week of August .. woot woot!! and I would love your fruity cocktails and this salad to munch on! I totally need those Salted Caramel Blue Diamond Almonds in my life!!!
55! That’s nuts. We’re still crazy hot and humid here in New England.
It’s so funny, it seems like all bloggers are talking about fall baking, but not wanting to give up summer. I mean, how could we? The nice weather, the fresh produce, the light and delicate flavors. This salad is certainly an attest to that!
Thanks, Sarah! Summer is no going down without a fight from me!
This salad is seriously GORGEOUS, Liz! Total party for your tastebuds! And I mean party of ONE… for my tastebuds ONLY! Because NO judgement is coming from me on your goat cheese face stuffing- I WILL be doing the same thing. Except mine will probably be in one sitting. The fat kid in me just can’t stop when it comes to figs and almond crusted goat cheese. GIMME it ALLLLL! Love this! Plus, I still have figs in my fridge so you KNOW this salad is happening today! Pinned and Cheers, pretty lady!
Yes yes yes! And oh my gosh you most certainly aren’t a fat kid. Far from it, sister! 🙂
I’m with ya! I was like GAH! when I saw the piles and piles of candy at the store… ridiculous! I’m holding on to Summer for as long as it’s here… not rushing the last of fresh Summertime produce either! Pumpkin will be here soon enough… I’ve still got Summertime recipes to share as well! I love the flavors you’ve included in this fabulous salad.. and the goat cheese! OMGeee…. the creamy with the crunch. You nailed it! Thank you for this!
Yes to savoring summer! Thanks, Traci!
Beautiful salad and I agree … how could there not be goat cheese?! 🙂
Right? It’s kind of a universal truth. 🙂
I keep seeing Halloween things on Pinterest and I’m all NO but my body is like YES to the cooler weather (not cold, don’t get me wrong). This looks like summer in salad form, so I’m ready to dive in headfirst!
Pinterest is the worst. And when I saw something with candy canes, I almost cried. I just can’t deal with all that right now. Too soon!
I’m soaking up the last bits of summer, too, and this salad is definitely on my To Do list before peach season is over! Those almond-crusted lumps of goat cheese?!! Genius. Love this perfect meal!
Ha ha – lumps of goat cheese. That made me laugh for some reason. Probably because I’m like 12 sometimes. 🙂
The almond crusted goat cheese is so smart! And I love the torn herbs in the salad- adds so much pep and flavor 🙂 Pinning!
Yup, herbs in salad is so good. I just started doing it this year and now I’m kind of obsessed!
This is everything I’ve ever wanted on one plate!
Ugh, I know just what you mean! It’s so hard not to get drawn in to the fall season but we really just need to hang on to summer for as long as we possibly can! This salad is such a fantastic way to do it; love everything about it!
Thanks, Allie! I’m going to hang on as long as possible!
Summer forever…..And this salad forever….
Yes to both of those things!
The figs, the peaches, the almonds, so perfect and gorgeous!
That almond crusted goat cheese is calling my name! You always make the most gorgeous salads, Liz. Love this!
Awww…shucks! Thanks, Danielle!
I know, I know – holiday stuff is fast approaching – but I’m still loving the summer stuff – and goat cheese and I have a love affair that knows no bounds!
Yup, me and goat cheese are going to get married! Ha! 🙂
So great to meet you I LOVE your photography and blog 🙂
This looks wonderful! I am also NOT ready for fall, this season is just the best 🙂
So glad we can connect! And thanks for the love!
Peaches, almonds, and goat cheese…just the perfection! Love the way you handled this goat cheese. Well done, indeed!
Thanks so much, Ben!
Liz, I’m holding on so tight to summer too! This salad looks like the perfect way to keep it here as long as possible 🙂
We gotta try and make it last! 🙂
GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS as always, girlfriend! Such a pretty salad, and you hang onto summer as long as you can! xo
You know it! Thanks for the sweet words! 🙂
This is such a pretty salad, Liz, and I was just given a pile of figs today. I haven’t made warm, crusted goat cheese in ages, and this post is making me miss it — I need this salad!
Oh then it sounds like you need some warm, crusted goat cheese in your life real quick! 🙂
Almond crusted GOAT CHEESE?! seriously, this just blew my taste buds off my head. I LOVE me some BD Almonds, and this salad is KILLER!
Thanks, Taylor! XO
This looks so awesome. I’ve been eating the crap out of figs lately. They have such a short season I feel like I need to stuff myself silly while they’re here. So. Good. I love all the amazing components to this salad! That goat cheese looks BOMB!
Yeah, we gotta stuff ourselves with figs while we can!
The beauty of your salad stopped me dead in my scroll. And now that I see how simple and what goes into it, I’ll just have to make this.
Awww…thanks for the great compliment, Judy! I hope you try it out!
The thought of December makes me want to cry a little bit, so I’m not going to think about it! I’ll think about this beautiful and delicious salad instead! Wish this was my lunch today!
No December thoughts around here either! I’m sticking with summer!
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