You really can't go wrong with burrata. This cream-filled mozzarella ball of joy is a staple for the summer. With its milky, slightly sweet flavor and silky texture, burrata is the perfect base for customization. Serve it plain with a crusty baguette, or dress it up with sweet and savory accompaniments. For this recipe, I paired the burrata with juicy cantaloupe slices (cut into hearts, because why not!), peppery arugula, and toasted pistachios, all topped with a basil olive oil, which provides an essence of pesto but is much lighter on the palate. Season the plate with salt, pepper, and a dash of fresh lemon juice and you're set with a refreshing summer snack or appetizer. —Marissa Mullen
Marissa Mullen is a Brooklyn-based food stylist, recipe developer, photographer and cheese lover. She is the founder of That Cheese Plate and creator of the Cheese By Numbers method. She is also the author of the best-selling cookbook, That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life, a step-by-step styling guide for crafting beautiful and delicious cheese plates as a form of creative expression. Featured on The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Business Insider, Vox among others, Marissa is dedicated to bringing people together through creativity, food and entertainment.