Nectarine Salad with Fresh Ricotta and Pistachios


Serves 4


2 tablespoons extra-virgin OLIVE OIL
1 tablespoon CIDER VINEGAR
2 tablespoons PEACH or APRICOT NECTAR
¼ teaspoon SALT
¼ teaspoon freshly ground BLACK PEPPER
6 cups (400g) MESCLUN GREENS
¼ cup (12g) fresh BASIL leaves
1 large ripe NECTARINE, pitted and cut into 12 slices
½ cup (about 4½ ounces/120g) RICOTTA CHEESE (see Note)
¼ cup (28g) shelled UNSALTED PISTACHIOS


1. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, peach or apricot nectar, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

2. Onto each of 4 salad plates, place 1½ cups of the greens, 3 nectarine slices, 2 tablespoons of the ricotta, and 1 tablespoon of the basil leaves.

3. Drizzle each salad with 1¼ tablespoons of the vinaigrette, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of pistachios, and serve.

NOTE: The type of ricotta cheese that is sold in the dairy section of your grocery store will work for this recipe, but I recommend you look for fresh ricotta at the cheese counter or at your farmer's market. Fresh ricotta is creamier and has a richer flavor than commercially produced cheese.

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