Happy Valentine’s Day!
I know I’ve been loading you guys up with sweets this week, so I wanted to give you something fresh, but still festive. Also, either version of this is so quick and easy that you can whip it up today for your Valentine 🙂
I’m sharing a salad version and a tartine version of basically the same thing because… well… I loved them both and knew you would too.
I love blood oranges because they are just as delicious as regular colored oranges, but so beautiful! Their red color is so intense and vibrant—perfect for today! I paired them with another one of my favorite ingredients, burrata cheese. If you’ve never had burrata, it’s basically a mozzarella, but with a cream and curd center. It is divine. Most supermarkets carry it these days, but if you can’t find it for some reason, you could use fresh mozzarella; just know that you’ll be missing that unctuous creaminess!
Not only do these contain chopped pistachios, which add a great crunchy texture, but also pistachio oil, which is super flavorful. Again, if this is something you can’t find (or don’t want to buy just for this), you could substitute with a really fruity extra virgin olive oil, but know that the flavor profile will be slightly altered.
Both versions contain the same topping ingredients, but one sits atop a lightly dressed pile of baby romaine, and the other is piled onto a toasted piece of crusty country bread. Both are awesome.
The honey adds a beautiful sweetness that can balance the slightly tart blood oranges, and the fresh basil brightens everything up. I think it would be nice to experiment with other herbs here, too. Mint or thyme would probably be lovely.
I think that the flavors and textures go together perfectly in these. I’m providing you with less of a recipe, and more of an outline, because it’s really all about how much of each ingredient you want, and how many servings you want to make. If you are making the salad, plan for about 1 orange and 1/2 a burrata ball per person, for the tartines, use 1/2 an orange and 1/4 burrata ball.
Super easy, super quick, and unbelievably delicious. You’ll totally love either version, promise!