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heirloom tomatoes, grilled vegetables zucchini squash over arugula salad with corn and chicken

Heirloom Tomato & Grilled Veggie Salad with Burrata & Basil Vinaigrette

This dish screams summer to me – from the grilled fresh vegetables straight from a local farm stand to the creamy, rich burrata cheese, herby vinaigrette and tender grilled chicken thighs seasoned simply with salt and pepper.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, chicken thighs, farmers market, heirloom tomato, summer, tomato
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


For the basil vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons diced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed

For the vegetables and assembly:

  • 1 pound chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces baby green summer squash, halved (or 1 large zucchini squash, halved lengthwise)
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 8 ounces wild arugula
  • 1 cup halved Heirloom cherry tomato
  • 8 ounces Burrata


For the dressing:

  • In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, basil and garlic until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the vegetables and assembly:

  • Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Add chicken to the grill and cook through, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside. Let rest for at least 5 minutes. Chop the chicken thighs and set aside.
  • Arrange summer squash cut side down on aluminum foil and add to the grill (so they don’t fall through the grate) then add corn to the grill and close, cooking undisturbed for 4 minutes. Turn and continue to grill until the vegetables are slightly charred, about an additional 4 minutes. Remove and set aside! Use a knife to cut the corn kernels off the cob.
  • Add the arugula to a large salad bowl with the corn kernels, squash, tomatoes and the chicken. Drizzle with ¼ cup of the basil vinaigrette, adding more if needed, tossing to combine. Top with pieces of the burrata and serve.