How to Make Burrata Caprese, aka the Salad of the Summer
Transport yourself to the coast of Italy with a burrata Caprese, an exquisite spin on the classic Caprese salad.
There’s really nothing quite like beginning a meal with a Caprese salad on a hot summer evening or in a cozy Italian restaurant. It’s fresh, simple and beautiful; what more could we ask of a salad? Well, we’re here to do you one better with the burrata Caprese.
Burrata cheese is the creamy, tantalizingly good version of mozzarella. It’s made from fresh mozzarella and cream, and it’s incredibly soft and buttery. You can add it to pizzas, as seen in the viral burrata pizza recipes or top it on crisp sourdough toast, and garnish it with hot honey and lemon or strawberries and balsamic glaze.
When you need something quick though, this uncomplicated salad is the way to go. You can enjoy it as a snack or pair it with one of your favorite Italian dinners.
Burrata Caprese Recipe
- 4 ounces burrata cheese
- 4 medium tomatoes, but into 1/4-in. slices
- 10-12 fresh basil leaves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
Step 1: Arrange the plate
Place the ball of burrata in the center of the serving plate. Leave the ball in full form (no slicing) to keep the creamy center intact until the first person digs in.
Arrange the tomato slices around the cheese and sprinkle with basil leaves. You can also place a basil leaf between each tomato slice if the leaves are too big for sprinkling.
Step 2: Drizzle with oil and vinegar
Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the whole plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let the salad rest a few minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Learn how to make a peach burrata salad.
Tips for Making Burrata Caprese
What to serve with burrata Caprese
Serve this salad with crostini for some extra crunch or with a charcuterie board of your favorite Italian meats. If this is the only appetizer you have planned for your meal, this salad pairs really well with Italian chicken dishes, pasta, fish dinners or even as a light side to a hearty Italian soup.
Can you make burrata Caprese in advance?
This salad is best made fresh, and you wouldn’t want to serve soggy basil or less-than-fresh burrata, so we recommend making this just before serving. Thankfully this salad doesn’t take long to prep.
Now if you are really wanting to make burrata Caprese from scratch and have planned to make your own burrata cheese, you can definitely make the cheese in advance—about a day early—and slice your tomatoes meal-prep style. This way, all you have to do is arrange everything on the plate before serving.
How to customize burrata Caprese
Have a little extra time? There are a few quick changes you can make to this salad to make it even better. If you have a local shop that sells infused olive oils, it can be fun to use these in salads. Think rosemary-infused olive oil or garlic olive oil—this small change can make a huge difference in the flavor of your salad.
For a brighter pop of color on your dinner table, serve this salad with green or yellow tomatoes and then top with a rich balsamic vinaigrette rather than plain balsamic vinegar. Swap regular salt for sea salt or smoked salt, and you might just have a totally different salad!