This burrata caprese is a twist on a classic caprese salad. Heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, fresh basil and balsamic glaze come together for the perfect summer app or side dish.
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Caprese salad is a favorite among many because it’s easy, fresh and delicious, and this burrata caprese salad is no exception. In fact, the creamy burrata cheese takes this dish to the next level!
What I love most about this burrata caprese is that it seems fancy but is very simple to make and requires minimal ingredients. It’s also very versatile, allowing you to add or swap ingredients that sound good to you (see ideas below).
This burrata caprese is the perfect dish to make for summer parties, BBQs and more, especially in late summer when tomatoes are in season and at peak freshness.
Heirloom tomatoes: not only are heirloom tomatoes, beautiful and vibrant, they are absolutely delicious when ripe.
Burrata: burrata is an Italian cow or buffalo milk cheese that has a soft but solid outer ‘casing’ that is filled with creamy delicious cheese curds. I use two 4 oz burrata balls in this recipe.
Arugula: I like to use arugula as a base under the burrata and tomatoes.
Fresh basil: whole fresh basil leaves are used and layered with the tomato slices.
Olive oil: since this dish has minimal ingredients, be sure to use high quality extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
Balsamic glaze: balsamic glaze is reduced balsamic vinegar, so it is thicker and sweeter. It adds a tangy flavor and is great for presentation.
Salt and pepper
Slice heirloom tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices. Lay arugula in the center of your serving platter.
Alternate tomato slices and fresh basil around the perimeter of the serving platter.
Place burrata balls in the center of the serving platter. Drizzle everything with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Right before serving, drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve with a knife to cut the burrata.
What to Serve with Burrata Caprese
- Tuscan Stuffed Chicken
- Easy Summer Orzo Salad with Pesto
- Chicken Marsala
- Eggplant Rollatini
- Baked Ziti
What is the difference between burrata and mozzarella?
While burrata and fresh mozzarella may look similar on the outside, they have unique characteristics.
Fresh mozzarella is a soft but solid cheese throughout, while burrata is firm on the outside and creamy on the inside. It can be sliced and retain its shape while burrata cannot.
Fresh mozzarella and burrata share a similar taste however, burrata is a bit more rich and indulgent, thanks to its creamy center.
Where can I find burrata in the grocery store?
Burrata can be found with the fresh mozzarella in the specialty cheese section of the grocery store. It is stored in water, often in plastic tubs.
Can I make this in advance?
I do not advise making burrata caprese in advance as the tomatoes and burrata will release moisture and make the dish soggy. This recipe is very quick to make, so it is easy to throw together right before serving.
How do I store leftover burrata caprese?
Caprese salad does not store well as the tomatoes will release moisture in the fridge and cause the burrata to start to break down. One day in the fridge is the maximum I recommend storing burrata caprese, but it is best to make only what you know you’ll eat.
Substitutions and Variations
Heirloom tomatoes: can’t get your hands on heirloom tomatoes? You can use any variety, including halved cherry tomatoes.
Burrata: for a more classic caprese salad, use slices of fresh mozzarella instead of burrata. Of course, if you can find burrata, I highly recommend that.
Balsamic glaze: you can use one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar in place of balsamic glaze.
Additions: switch up this recipe by adding peaches, avocado, cucumber, red onion, pesto, chicken or prosciutto.
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- (2) 4 oz burrata balls
- 2-3 large heirloom tomatoes
- 12 basil leaves
- 1/4 cup arugula
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- balsamic glaze
- Slice heirloom tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices. Lay arugula in the center of your serving platter.
- Alternate tomato slices and fresh basil around the perimeter of the serving platter.
- Place burrata balls in the center of the serving platter. Drizzle everything with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Right before serving, drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve with a knife to cut the burrata.