Wine match: Mozzarella & avocado salad

12th May 2016

Ingredients

    2 x 6 cherry tomatoes on the vine 1 clove garlic, chopped
    4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    200g Waitrose Burrata cheese (vegetarian) or Garofalo Buffalo's Mozzarella (not vegetarian), drained and sliced
    1 Perfectly Ripe Avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced
    10 large fresh basil leaves, torn 2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7. Place the tomatoes in a small roasting tin. Scatter with the garlic, olive oil and seasoning. Bake for 15 minutes until the tomato skins are bursting.

2 Meanwhile, share the cheese slices between 2 serving plates. Spoon the hot tomatoes and their juice over the slices. Place the avocado pieces next to the cheese, then scatter with the torn basil leaves and a drizzle of the balsamic vinegar. Serve with ciabatta to mop up the juices.

Drink it with... Italia Collezione Rosé Spumante
25% OFF at £8.99/75cl (was £11.99, offer ends 15 May)
Great to see some fantastic Italian wines on promotion – it’s a good chance to try something new. This week’s recipe is Italy on a plate, and with this very appealing spumante, it made me smile. There’s not a hard edge on this wine, just lovely fruit and bubbles playing on your tongue as you dip into the colours on your plate.

Some more great Italian whites...

Alta Italia Chardonnay
25% OFF at £5.99/75cl (was £7.99, offer ends 15 May)
Some Chardonnays can be heavy and a little bit cumbersome, but not this one. It’s as sprightly as an Italian sports car, crisp and racy with a little twist of lime.

Zenato Villa Flora Lugana
20% OFF at £7.99/75cl (was £9.99, offer ends 31 May)
Made with Trebbiano grapes grown south of Lake Garda, this has a delicate floral aroma, with plenty of fruit and real depth of flavour.

Waitrose Soave Classico
£6.49/75cl
Crisp, dry and aromatic, with flavours of ripe peaches and toasted almonds.

Le Stelle Vermentino 
25% OFF at £6.36/75cl (was £8.49, offer ends 31 May)
Zippy and fresh, this Vermentino from the east coast of Sardinia is packed with lemony flavours, minerality and a zingy finish.

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