My motto this month: all stone fruit, all the time. I'm going to go full throttle on the cherries, peaches and nectarines until I can't possibly consume any more, so let me introduce you to this Cherry and Peach Panzanella!
Let's break it down shall we? Peaches. Cherries. Freshly made croutons. Burrata cheese. Basil. Lemon Champagne vinaigrette. Done and done.
It's quite simple but that's the beauty of it! When you're dealing with the freshest seasonal produce available, you don't need much to really make a statement. Just let the ingredients shine on their own and toss it all together with a vinaigrette. I used ciabatta bread for the croutons, but you could use any french bread, sourdough, or anything else along those lines and the result will be equally as fantastic!
Cherry and Peach Panzanella
- 12 ounces Burrata
- 2 Nectarines cut into wedges
- 2 Plums cut into wedges
- 2 Peaches cut into wedges
- 1 cups red cherries pitted and halved
- 1 cups Rainier cherries pitted and halved
- Maldon Sea Salt + Freshly cracked black pepper
- Basil for garnish
For the torn croutons
- ¼ loaf ciabatta bread
- olive oil
For the Champagne Vinaigrette
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- ¼ cup champagne vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
To make the croutons:
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Tear the ciabatta bread into bite sized pieces. Transfer to a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Place the baking sheet into the oven and toast until the bread it crisp. Remove and use on the salad as needed.
To make the Champagne Vinaigrette
- Combine everything in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Adjust salt and pepper as needed.
- In a large bowl, arrange the fruit, torn croutons and pieces of burrata cheese. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Top with basil.