In the US, I love to shop farmers markets for the freshest produce, usually picked when ripe, so much tastier than fruit (and veggies) trucked across the country. Look for apricots in the next few weeks—May is the official start of the season in the northern hemisphere. As spring turns to summer, ripe peaches or nectarines are delicious replacements for the apricots in this visually stunning salad. Feel free to change the fruit to whatever favorites of yours are available seasonally where you live.
For the vinaigrette:
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white-wine or sherry vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Fine sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
For the salad:
- 6 ounces baby arugula
- 4 ripe apricots, preferably freestone
- 8 ounces burrata or fresh buffalo mozzarella
- 16 very thin slices prosciutto
- Small fresh basil leaves
- Coarsely ground pink peppercorns
To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and honey. Season to taste with salt and pepper. To compose the salad, arrange a bed of arugula on a platter, or divide among four plates. Pit the apricots and slice into wedges, leaving the skin on for extra fiber. Drain the cheese and tear into bite-size chunks. If using burrata, tear directly over the platter or plates to catch any cream. Arrange the fruit, cheese, and prosciutto on the arugula. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, sprinkle with the basil and crushed peppercorns, and serve immediately.
Yields 4 servings.