RECIPE: Warm Leek, Snap Pea, and Burrata Salad



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Leek and Burrata Salad

RECIPE: Warm Leek, Snap Pea, and Burrata Salad

  • Author: Pascale Beale
  • Yield: Serve 8 people 1x


  • Olive oil
  • 4 leeks – rinsed, end trimmed and cut into ½-inch wide disks
  • 1 lb snap peas – cut into ½-inch wide pieces on a bias
  • 1 bunch chives – finely chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 fresh burrata
  • Lemon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Pour a little olive oil into a large skillet placed over medium-high heat. Add the leeks and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the snap peas and cook for another 3-4 minutes. The snap peas should be al dente.
  2. Whisk together the lemon zest, juice and ¼ cup olive oil in a large salad bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 4-5 turns of black pepper and whisk again. Place salad utensils over the vinaigrette. Place all of the vegetables on top of the utensils and sprinkle with the chives.
  3. Just before serving, roughly tear the burrata and dot it over the salad. Toss to combine the ingredients and serve immediately.

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Pascale Beale
Pascale Beale
Pascale Beale grew up in England and France surrounded by a family which has always been passionate about food, wine, and the arts. She was taught to cook by her French mother and grandmother. After graduating from Business School in London, and 15 years working in the property markets in California, she returned to her first passion, cooking. She opened the Pascale’s Kitchen Cooking School in 1999 which specializes in farmer’s market tours, seasonal cooking classes, bread making workshops and team building events. Her company also brings a range of culinary products, including her signature line of custom blended herbs and spices, oils and vinegars, kitchen and tableware, to its customers, making cooking pleasurable, delicious and fun. Pascale is also the author of 10 Mediterranean style, and ingredient focused cook books and is an award winning columnist for Edible Santa Barbara. She released her latest book, 9’ x 12’: Adventures in a Small Kitchen, Recipes for Stirring Times, a subscription based, multi-media book 9 x 12 | Pascale's Kitchen | Pascale Beale | Substack in January 2023.
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