Summery Salad

A Delicious Salad with Peaches & Burrata

This seasonal salad from dietitian, Sophie Medlin is a dream for soaking up the last weeks of summer. If you can block out the traffic noise from your window/balcony/garden and close your eyes, you could almost be in the med. 

“This salad combines lots of brain-boosting nutrients. It’s delicious for lunch or supper and can be combined with crunchy bread or roasted new potatoes for a more substantial meal.”

-Sophie

Why is it good for my brain? 

Essentially, every ingredient down to the black pepper seasoning is doing something excellent for your grey matter (Sophie is the bomb), but the major players are peaches, olive oil, and tomatoes. Peaches bring fibre, antioxidants and vitamin A to the mix, which can help with learning and memory; olive oil is perfect for getting those all-important healthy fats and antioxidants into your life; and tomatoes, among other things, contain lycopene, which is known to protect against cognitive decline.

The Recipe

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Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 handfuls of mixed salad leaves (like baby spinach or lambs lettuce)

  • 1 avocado

  • 8 cherry tomatoes

  • 2 peaches

  • 1 ball of mozzarella or burrata

  • Handful chopped walnuts

  • Olive oil

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Salt & black pepper.

  • Optional: A few slices of parma ham 

Method

  1. Arrange the salad leaves, avocado and cherry tomatoes. 

  2. Cut the peach into 8ths and roast in a hot pan brushed with a little olive oil until they are slightly browned

  3. Once they are coloured, take them out of the pan and add the chopped walnuts. Toast the walnuts in the peach juices until you can start to smell their oils being released. 

  4. Place your mozzarella or burrata in the centre and of the plate and arrange with the peach slices and toasted nuts. 

  5. Drizzle with good quality olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar. 

  6. Season with salt and black pepper.

You can see more great content from Sophie on her Instagram and Twitter (both @SophieDietitian).

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About Sophie

Sophie Medlin is a Consultant Dietitian and founder of CityDietitians.

She runs clinics in Mayfair, writes for Forbes, but most importantly is a source of infinite wisdom, good humour and scientific insight about what we can, and can’t, do.

You can find out more about her here.