This strawberry peach burrata salad makes the best of all the awesome fruit that’s at it’s peach right now…whoops, I mean “peak”! Clearly I have peaches on the brain. Fresh peaches and strawberries are combined with creamy burrata, peppery arugula, and a simple basil vinaigrette. It’s the perfect summer salad for a Fourth of July party!
This week is always a special one for me. It was this week over 3 years ago that I was finally diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine after months of feeling like I was losing my mind (and my job). The mild lightheadedness that began in March had snowballed into constant severe dizziness, ataxia (stumbling and a general feeling of being drunk), brain fog and memory loss, as well as derealization. I had to take a nap nearly every day because my eyes felt as if they were working overtime.
I had a number of different diagnoses from several doctors, but none of them matched up. Some said it was stress, others anxiety, a neuritis, and potentially a perilymph fistula. Because of this, we drove 16 hours to go to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. It was there that after a full day of vestibular testing, I had diagnosis I finally trusted.
The comfort that comes from a great doctor and an accurate diagnosis is like the feeling of coming up and taking a deep breath of fresh air when you’re swimming. I had been underwater for months and felt like I was drowning until that moment. From that day, life got a little bit better. We spent the rest of the week with family in Flagstaff. I was finally able to relax.
This drive to Arizona eventually became a tradition, where we spend a week with family at some point around the holiday. Each year I reflect on how far I’ve come with my Vestibular Migraine diagnosis – from chronic to episodic. This year I’m feeling in complete control – the best year yet.
Here’s how I’m planning to celebrate – with tons of great food, like the strawberry peach burrata salad!
Hope you all have a safe and fun week, especially if you’re celebrating with friends and family. If you’re struggling with something, like chronic migraine or an illness, use this time to focus on the sweet things in life, and reflect on how far you may have come.
The perfect summer salad - strawberries, juicy peaches, and creamy burrata all combine with arugula and a fresh basil vinaigrette. Great for cookouts with friends when paired with a simple grilled meat or fish.
- 1/2 5oz package of arugula
- 6 large fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1-2 small fresh peaches, sliced * Any kind is fine
- 1 ball of burrata, torn into pieces * I like Trader Joe's for this
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1 small shallot, peeled
- 1 small garlic clove
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
In a food processor, add the shallot and garlic. Process till finely chopped. Then add basil and the rest of the ingredients, pulsing till combined.
In a large bowl, add arugula and top with sliced strawberries and peaches. Tear the burrata into small-ish pieces and plop it on the top. Drizzle with basil vinaigrette and a little fresh cracked black pepper. Sea salt is also wonderful on top if you have it.