Arugula Burrata Tomato Salad with Mint Chèvre Pesto and Piquillo Peppers

This has to be one of the tastiest salads ever!

Arugula-Tomato-and-Burrata-Salad

 I can’t even begin to tell you how good this salad is!  I have to admit I didn’t completely come up with it out of thin air.  I had a salad at one of our favorite restaurants called West End Tap and Kitchen.  The salad contains tomato, buratta, shaved fennel and arugula pesto.  It was a bit rich, so I ordered a side of arugula to add to it.  I ordered piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese and added them to the salad as well.  I just had to recreate it at home!  I used a mint chèvre pesto and chèvre stuffed piquillo peppers.  It turned out to be one of the best flavor combinations I have ever had.

Arugula-Tomato-Burrata-Salad

Serve with a dry white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc, Rueda, White Rioja or a bubbly like a nice Cava or Prosecco.

Arugula-Tomato-Burrata-Salad-with-Piquillo-Peppers

Recipe: 4 Salads

  • 1 Cup Mint Chèvre Pesto
  • 1 Ball Burrata – cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 Heirloom Tomatoes – sliced into wedges
  • 1 Cup Fennel Bulb – thinly sliced
  • 8 Piguillo Peppers
  • 4 Cups Arugula
  • 1/2 Cup Chèvre Cheese or to taste
  • Micro Sprouts  – to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil  – to taste
  • Balsamic Vinegar – to taste

Instructions:

Make the Mint Chèvre Pesto and add 1/4 cup on the side of the plates.

Cut burrata into 4 parts and place in the middle of the plates.

Slice tomatoes into wedges and arrange a half of tomato on the side of the burrata next to the pesto.

Cut stalks off of the fennel bulb, cut the bulb in half and cut out the core.  Slice each half in half and then slice as thin as you can and top with a 1/4 cup on the bur rata.

Stuff piguillo peppers with chèvre and place two on the side of the pesto.

Wash and dry arugula then arrange one cup on the side of the piguillo peppers.

Top with micro sprouts, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Health Benefits:

Arugula is a super food that cleanses the blood and detoxifies cells. It is an extremely high anti-oxidant making it a free radical absorbent and increases oxygen levels. It has a cooling effect on the body and contains 90% water so it keeps your body hydrated making it a great addition in the summer heat. Arugula has very high levels of chlorophyll, which helps with liver damage and contains phyto-chemicals that fight cancer-causing carcinogens. The leaves have an excellent source of vitamin A helping with vision, skin and respiratory health. It has good levels of vitamin C that’s great for cells and skin health. Arugula also contains decent levels of minerals, especially copper and iron. It has high amounts of calcium and vitamin K that strengthens the bones. It’s high fiber content helps with colon health and reduces chronic inflammation as well. It is high in folate (B9), which helps to slow down the aging factors of the brain and supports your metabolism.

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