The Perfect Summer Burrata Salad
A Caprese Salad is a refreshing summer salad famous in Italy that consists of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Still, you can also switch out the mozzarella for another fresh cheese like Burrata. Burrata is a new Italian mozzarella that is creamy yet less solid than traditional mozzarella (you can slice it!). If you’re unfamiliar with this type of cheese, you’re in for a treat. And no, it has nothing to do with the Lewis Carroll novel — don’t worry. We know what you’re thinking…how can something be both soft and firm? Burrata is a relatively new cheese in the US because it’s challenging to make. Therefore, not many US chefs have experience cooking or serving Burrata. The good news is that most grocery stores are starting to stock it. Hopefully, by learning how it’s made and tested professionally, you will be inspired to try this Italian delight at home.
Tomatoes – You can use any tomatoes; these are tomatoes from my garden. But if you use large tomatoes, slice them into rings. For example, cut cherry tomatoes in half.
Basil – give them a rough chop or cut the leaves with scissors.
Burrata cheese – You should be able to find burrata in large grocery stores or specialty food stores.
Extra virgin olive oil – Just a drizzle.
Salt & pepper – Just a touch.
Balsamic vinegar – A drizzle of tangy balsamic brings the whole salad together.
Slice Tomatoes: Using a sharp knife, cut the tomatoes.
Assemble them into a pretty serving dish.
Next, cut the tomatoes in half.
Chop Basil: Roughly chop or use a pair of scissors to cut the basil into imperfect pieces and sprinkle it over the tomatoes.
Slice the Burrata Cheese: Slice or tear the burrata into bite-sized chunks. Sprinkle it on the tomatoes and basil.
Season and Serve: Put a few cracks of salt and pepper on top, followed by a drizzling of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I enjoy serving this wonderful salad with toasted bread.