Roasted Beet and Burrata Salad
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 bunches of red or golden beets or a combination
  • ⅓ cup raw hazelnuts
  • 2 8-ounce rounds of burrata (I like DiStefano) or use good fresh mozzarella if you can't find burrata
  • handful of mint leaves, thinly sliced (you can leave a few small ones whole for garnish)
  • unrefined, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • good aged white balsamic vinegar (or regular/dark aged balsamic)
  • flaky sea salt such as Maldon
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the greens off the beets, leaving about ½ inch of the stems still attached. Save the greens for another time. Wash the beets well and place them in a roasting pan or pie plate with a thin layer of water on the bottom. Cover tightly with foil. Roast about 50 minutes (or longer for larger beets). When the beets are done, carefully remove the foil. Allow them to cool, and then peel them by slipping off the skins with your fingers. Cut them into ½-inch wedges. You can also slice some thinly into rounds and cut some into wedges.
  2. Lower the oven to 350°. In a pie plate or baking sheet, toast the hazelnuts until the skins blister, about 15 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a clean kitchen towel and let cool, then rub to remove the skins. If you don’t mind hazelnut skins, you don’t need to remove them. Coarsely chop the nuts.
  3. When ready to plate the salad, pull burrata apart with your hands and mound it down the middle of a platter.
  4. Arrange the beets alongside the burrata, sprinkle with hazelnuts, sliced mint, salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic.
Half the beets can be swapped for nectarines, peaches and/or plums.
Omit the burrata for avocado if you are dairy-free.
Use basil instead of mint.
Swap walnuts or toasted sunflower seeds for the hazelnuts.
Recipe by Pamela Salzman at