Prepare to be amazed by the incredible deliciousness of Burrata Caprese Salad! Adapt the traditional Caprese salad by adding creamy Burrata for a tasty twist.
While you may be used to this elegant cheese served as your favorite restaurant’s fancy appetizer, it’s just as good (if not better and much less expensive) in your kitchen.
Experience the extraordinary satisfaction of beautiful heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, balsamic, and burrata cheese, all packed with flavor, using just a few simple ingredients.
Pro Tip: Buy extra tomatoes! See more of our favorite side dish recipes, including heirloom tomatoes like this homemade caprese pizza, heirloom tomato salad, and sweet and tangy peach Caprese salad.
Burrata Caprese: The Perfect Summer Salad!
Burrata Caprese is a delicious, creamy twist on the traditional Caprese salad. Originating from Italy, this salad features the classic combination of juicy tomato slices, fresh basil leaves, and a drizzle of virgin olive oil.
The burrata salad, the perfect addition to all those incredible summer salad choices, should be at the top of the list.
With fresh and easy ingredients and only 5 minutes needed to slice those tomatoes and prep the plate, you will spend more time cleaning up the kitchen than assembling this quick salad.
- heirloom tomatoes
- gourmet medley small tomatoes or grape tomatoes
- burrata cheese drained
- fresh basil leaves
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction
How to Make a Burrata Caprese Salad in 5 Minutes
- Slice heirloom tomatoes 1/4″ thick. Slice small tomatoes in half. Place half of the tomatoes on a serving plate, keeping the tomatoes in a single layer.
- Cut half the cheese into small pieces and place onto the serving plate. Top with half of the basil leaves.
- Drizzle half of the olive oil and half of the vinegar on top. Season with salt and pepper.
- Repeat, creating a second layer and using all the tomatoes and remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes for flavors to mingle.
What is Burrata?
You may be used to Caprese salads, including freshly sliced mozzarella balls, and be asking yourself what exactly Burrata is.
Burrata cheese is a soft, creamy Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. Its distinct texture has a smooth outer layer surrounding a creamy center.
When sliced open, the creamy center oozes out, adding a luxurious dimension to the salad. It’s an entirely different taste and texture experience for the salad and different from mozzarella.
While they can easily be altered if you can only find one or the other, the taste and look of the salads will be different.
Heirloom Tomatoes vs. Slicing Tomatoes: Which One Is Right for You?
Choosing the right tomato is crucial for your burrata Caprese salad.
Heirloom tomatoes, open-pollinated by nature, offer various colors, shapes, and sizes, resulting in a visually captivating salad. On the other hand, slicing tomatoes, which are hybrids, are known for their firmness, disease resistance, and longevity.
Both tomatoes can be used in the salad, each providing a distinct taste and appearance.
Easy Burrata Caprese Salad Variations
Grilled Tomatoes: Elevate your Caprese salad with a hint of smokiness by grilling the tomatoes until they are soft and lightly charred. Layer them with the other ingredients to enjoy a grilled caprese delight.
Add Fresh Flavors: While burrata cheese and tomatoes shine independently, adding avocado, pears, or even grilled or baked juicy chicken can alter this salad into something new that tastes just as great.
Pesto Magic: Don’t underestimate the power of pesto! Enhance your Caprese salad by adding a dollop of basil pesto alongside or instead of basil leaves. This simple addition elevates the flavors to new heights.
Enjoy more Caprese flavors with these recipes.
There are many ways to eat Caprese; we love experimenting with them all!
We recommend trying caprese sliders, caprese stuffed chicken, or this adorable little caprese ladybug appetizer.
Each dish offers a unique twist on the classic caprese flavors. If you enjoy this Burrata Caprese salad, kindly leave us a rating and save the recipe on Pinterest for future reference. Bon appétit!
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