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Peach & Burrata Salad with Candied Pecans & Hot Honey

September 9, 2020

Target Healthy Eating

Labor day weekend is always filled with mixed feelings: a wistful summer goodbye, and a hello to new challenges. This different and delicious salad is my summer farewell, never to be forgotten. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
A neighbor's response: “A delicious salad, served at room temperature, with a beautiful presentation. The flavors of turmeric, chili flakes and basil (fresh and locally grown) were distinct, yet subtle, a nice counterpoint to the creamy Burrata. The candied pecans added a sweet and pleasant crunch. I asked for Seconds!“ ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
No one will be satisfied with one serving. You might as well make double the amount, and let it be the star of the meal. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Mmmmmm! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
An exquisite summer salad. You won't believe how delicious it is! Remember, only use the best sweet juicy peaches, otherwise, wait until they are available. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


Hot honey

1/2 cup honey (your choice)

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

2 pinches chili flakes (more or less, to your taste)

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves

1 anchovy fillet

Candied Pecans (or walnuts)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup toasted pecans or walnuts (you toast them)

Pinch black pepper

Pinch salt (optional)

Main salad

3 medium peaches, washed, dried, then sliced

3/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Burrata (only burrata) - 4 ounces

Lemon wedge

Fresh mint leaves for garnish

Extra virgin olive oil at table (optional)

The only ingredient that might be challenging is finding sweet, juicy, ripe, flavorful peaches. The right delicious peach, is the foundation for this wonderful recipe. Otherwise, I think you will love my farewell to summer salad. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


Hot honey

  1. In 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, cook the 2 garlic cloves and the 1 anchovy fillet in a small pot over medium heat. As the garlic becomes soft, begin to mash it with a fork. Also mash the anchovy with fork. Mix everything together to form a paste. The paste should take about 3 minutes to cook
  2. Next, add to the small pot with the paste in it, the honey and bring honey to a simmer. Add the chili flakes, turmeric, pinch black pepper. Stir to combine all ingredients. Reduce to low heat and continue cooking until you see the honey start to bubble. Cook until the bubbling reaches a high point, which should take about 3 minutes, after adding all the ingredients. Now remove from heat and let the honey cool down until it's no longer even warm.
Start by making the garlic/anchovy paste. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Honey and all ingredients are reaching a high boil. Now time to remove from heat and allow to cool down completely. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


  1. Toast the pecans (or walnuts) first
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  3. Using low heat, and a large pot, pour the sugar into an even layer. Heat the sugar until nearly melted.
  4. Add the pecans, pinch salt, pinch black pepper and stir constantly until the melted sugar covers each pecan completely. When caramel begins to smoke, immediately remove from heat.
  5. Now, transfer the pecans to the baking sheet with parchment. Carefully, use 2 nonstick spatulas to separate each pecan and allow to cool completely.
Toast the nuts first. Don't skip this step because they'll taste much better by doing this first. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Just getting ready to separate each pecan, then set aside. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


  1. Prepare the peaches. Wash, dry with paper towel, then slice.
  2. Heat your honey up with a little olive oil
  3. Here's the fun: Design your salad on a serving platter. Spread the basil leaves into an even layer. Arrange the peach slices as you wish. Squeeze the fresh lemon over the peaches.
  4. Either place the burrata in the center of the platter, with peaches around the platter, or spoon out the burrata on top of the arranged peach slices.
  5. Sprinkle the candied nuts all over the peaches and burrata
  6. Drizzle with the honey/oil mixture. Use a spatula so you do not waste a drop.
  7. Garnish with the fresh mint leaves
  8. Serve with an icy white wine, like Pinot Grigio or Pouilly Fuisse
About to dry the basil leaves, after washing them. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Hopefully, you know a good source for juicy ripe, flavorful peaches. It's worth finding out where to get the very best tasting peaches because so many stores carry completely bland, tasteless peaches, which will detract from an otherwise delicious late summer salad. I hate to say this, but if I were you, I would eat one peach first, before buying 3. Unless the flavor is great, I would wait to make this recipe. I don't want anyone to be disappointed or I would never introduce such negativity. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Slice your peaches, to about this size. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Goodbye Summer Salad ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Dear Friends, here's a toast to you and to all of us who have weathered a deadly, invisible enemy, that has caused havoc through out the world. To those who have succumbed and/or suffered greatly, our hearts and tears go out to all of you. This tiny virus is bringing disaster to global economies, as well. There will be much wreckage and many pieces to pick up. Hopefully, there will be the recognition that the only solution, to bring back some semblance of order, is for all nations to work cooperatively. There's no other answer but cooperation. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

I've been obsessed with Bel Canto opera this week. Either ignore these, or join  me with three of the most exquisite duets ever written. Music has helped us get through the Spring and Summer of 2020.

"Qual cor tradisti"..Finale act IV Norma by Vincenzo Bellini

Jose Carreras climbs up to Eb5 against Montserrat Caball?'s huge C6 from Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti

Gioacchino Rossini pays Tribute to Vincenzo Bellini in his Divine Tenor Duet

You can carry on, the torch of peace and brotherhood and simply live by the Golden Rule!

Bon Appetit!

From Our Table to Yours

Have a Great Week Everyone!

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