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Welcome to Set the Table! My name is Rachael and I'm here to help you set your table with beautiful, healthy, delicious food your family and friends will love. More importantly, I'm here to encourage you to welcome everyone to your table. Talk. Listen. Laugh. Eat. Be kind. 

Peach and Burrata Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Peach and Burrata Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Yep. I'm just gonna put that juicy peach photo right in your face this morning. Because who doesn't want to see a Peach and Burrata Salad up close and personal?

My 18 lb box of peaches has dwindled to less than half of what I started with. It's a sad state of affairs, knowing this sweetness will be gone soon. Fortunately, I learned from last year's mistake and we have avoided being bombarded with fruit flies (is there anything more annoying?) by making sure we had plenty of room for the peaches in the fridge. Once they hit their perfect stage of ripeness, I piled them all in the fruit drawer and have been taking 1 (make that 2) our each and every day to enjoy. My final task is to make a couple jars of my peach and hatch chile salsaand my Grandma Della's Peach Cobbler. If I'm lucky, I may make one more batch of these Peach & Oat Muffins from last week.

I spend a lot of time comparing my transition to life in Colorado to the first couple of years we spent in Japan. I LOVED living in Japan but not until the last 2, maybe 2 1/2 years. It was so strange and different and I didn't know what I was doing for those first couple of years that I just couldn't come around to it. However, once I figured out the rhythms of each season and had an idea what to expect, I was able to fall in love. I feel like I may be turning that corner here in Colorado, at long last. The current weather pattern, cool, crisp mornings, warm afternoons, and chilly nights, has won me over after weeks of weather that is too hot for my taste. Understanding that this refreshing time of year comes just after peach season is the kind of stuff I like to know about where I live. It's a strange quirk, perhaps, but at least I am aware of it. That makes change a little easier to deal with.

Speaking of change... Baby #2 is growing! I feel like I'm hungry every 30 minutes so I've been trying to fit in a lot of small, healthy snacks throughout the day. One of my favorites is a sliced peach, Greek yogurt, and a little sprinkle of muesli. Or a spoonful of natural peanut butter. Mmmmmmyes.

Well, I'm off to enjoy a lovely, cool morning outside with this guy. He makes my heart happy in so many ways. And he loves peaches just as much (maybe even more) than I do!

What are your favorite things about this time of year? This end-of-summer-beginning-of-fall time can be so lovely, don't you think?

Ponder that while you enjoy this easy, delicious, and healthy salad!

Peach and Burrata Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Serves 2

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecan halves
  • 3 oz burrata cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt
  • black pepper

Instructions

  1. Begin by making the balsamic reduction by putting the vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and reduce by half. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, pile the spinach leaves on two plates and top with the peach slices, the pecans, and the cheese.
  3. Drizzle with some of the balsamic reduction and the olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
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