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If you’re a fan of classic Italian flavors, you’ll love this Burrata Caprese Salad. Made with ripe tomatoes, creamy burrata cheese, fresh basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze, this salad is bursting with flavor and texture.
Whether you’re looking for a refreshing summer salad, a light lunch option, or something beautiful for the dinner table, this recipe is sure to impress.
Why We Love This Recipe!
- Easy to make: This salad is quick and easy to make, with simple ingredients and minimal preparation required. You can have a delicious, healthy, and visually stunning salad ready in just a few minutes, making it a perfect dish for busy weeknights or last-minute dinner parties.
- Versatile: Burrata Caprese salad is a versatile dish that can be served as an appetizer, a side dish, or even a light main course. You can customize the salad by using different types of tomatoes, cheese, herbs, and dressings to suit your taste preferences or dietary restrictions. It also pairs well with a variety of other dishes, making it a great addition to any meal.
- Bursting with flavor: Burrata Caprese salad is a simple yet flavorful dish that highlights the fresh, natural flavors of the ingredients. The combination of ripe tomatoes, creamy burrata cheese, fragrant basil, and tangy balsamic glaze creates a symphony of flavors in every bite.
What is Burrata cheese?
Burrata cheese is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream made from cow’s milk. It has a soft, creamy texture that’s simply irresistible! When you cut into the cheese, you’ll see a milky, creamy center that spills out like liquid gold.
Key Ingredients Notes
Variations and Substitutions
There are endless variations and substitutions you can make to this burrata Caprese salad recipe to suit your preferences and dietary restrictions. Here are a few ideas:
How To Make Barrata Caprese Salad
✱ Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and instructions!
Step 1 | Slice and Prep the Tomatoes
Go ahead and remove your creamy burrata cheese from the refrigerator now so it can come to room temperature.
Slice the larger tomatoes and Campari tomatoes into thick slices, ¼-⅓ inches.
Then, slice the heirloom cherry tomatoes in half.
Step 2 | Arrange the Serving Platter
Next, arrange the tomatoes on a serving platter.
Place the burrata cheese in the center.
Step 3 | Drizzle with Olive Oil, Balsamic Glaze & Garnish
Lastly, drizzle with olive oil, and balsamic reduction, then finish with some sea salt, freshly ground pepper, and fresh basil.
Enjoy this fresh tomato burrata salad right away for the best results!
- Use ripe tomatoes: The key to a good Caprese salad is using ripe, juicy tomatoes. Look for tomatoes that are bright in color, firm to the touch, and have a sweet aroma. If your tomatoes are not fully ripe, leave them out at room temperature for a day or two until they are ready to use.
- Serve the burrata cheese at room temperature: Burrata cheese is best served at room temperature to get that creamy, smooth texture. Take the burrata cheese out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.
- Chiffonade the basil: To chiffonade the basil (ribbons of basil), stack the leaves on top of each other. Then roll them up tightly, and slice them into thin strips. This technique will release the aroma of the basil and add a nice texture to the salad.
- Don’t add the balsamic glaze until serving: Wait until just before serving to add the balsamic glaze to avoid making the salad soggy. Drizzle the glaze lightly over the top of the salad or serve it on the side.
Burrata cheese has a mild flavor that’s slightly tangy from the mozzarella. It’s buttery and indulgent and the perfect complement to fresh tomatoes and basil in this Caprese salad.
Ripe and juicy tomatoes are best. Look for vine-ripened or heirloom tomatoes that are firm but slightly soft to the touch. Cherry or grape tomatoes can also be used for a more bite-sized version of the salad.
Other additions that pair well include prosciutto, olives, roasted red peppers, or a drizzle of pesto. Get creative and make it your own!
Storage and Make Ahead Instructions
Insalata Caprese is best served fresh, but you can prepare some of the ingredients ahead of time and assemble the salad just before serving.
- Tomatoes: You can slice the tomatoes and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
- Basil: You can chiffonade the basil and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
- Balsamic glaze: You can purchase store-bought or make the balsamic glaze ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Bring it to room temperature before serving and stir well before drizzling it over the salad.
- Assemble the salad just before serving: To ensure the freshest and best-tasting salad, assemble it just before serving.
You can store any leftover burrata in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one day before it becomes overly watery.
What to Serve with Burrata & Tomatoes
Burrata Caprese salad is a light and refreshing dish that makes a perfect appetizer or side dish for any meal. Here are a few ideas for what to serve with it:
- Grilled meat or fish: Since Caprese salad is a light dish, it pairs well with grilled meat or fish for a more filling meal. Try serving it alongside grilled chicken, salmon, or shrimp.
- Pasta dishes: Caprese salad is a great complement to pasta dishes, such as spaghetti with tomato sauce, fettuccine Alfredo, or pesto pasta.
- Crusty bread: Serve the Caprese salad with some crusty bread or garlic bread on the side to make it a more substantial meal.
- Antipasto platter: Caprese salad is a classic component of an antipasto platter. Serve it alongside other Italian appetizers like olives, cured meats, and marinated vegetables.
- Soup: Serve the Caprese salad as a side dish to a warm bowl of soup. Tomato soup or minestrone soup would be a great complement to the fresh flavors of the salad. As would Pasta Fagioli or Zuppa Toscana Soup.
- Grilled vegetables: If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, serve the Caprese salad with grilled vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers. This Grilled Summer Veggie Pasta Salad would also be delicious with it.
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Burrata Caprese Salad
- 2-3 on-the-vine tomatoes, sliced
- 6-7 Campari tomatoes, sliced
- 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 8 ounces burrata cheese, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
- 5-6 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade, (plus more to garnish)
- sea salt & freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- Slice the larger tomatoes and Campari tomatoes into thick slices, ¼-⅓ inches.
- Slice the heirloom cherry tomatoes in half.
- Arrange the tomatoes on a serving platter. Place the burrata cheese in the center. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze, then finish with some sea salt, freshly ground pepper, and fresh basil.
- Enjoy immediately.
Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.