Burrata Caprese Salad
Burrata Caprese Salad ~ a great tomato salad is on regular rotation throughout the summer here. My latest? A chunky riff on Caprese, with thick wedges of heirloom tomatoes, a luscious ball of fresh burrata cheese, and a vivid balsamic dressing.
What’s the difference between burrata cheese and mozzarella?
Both are semi soft Italian cheeses, and the two look identical from the outside. The difference is that burrata is mozzarella that has been formed into a pouch and filled with soft cheese curds mixed with cream. It’s very delicate, and when you cut into it, the soft filling oozes out.
Whereas you might use mozzarella on a pizza or in lasagna, burrata is usually served as is, in a salad, or with bread.
3-4 heirloom tomatoes
1 ball burrata cheese about 7 ounces
fresh cracked black pepper
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar or to taste
pinch of salt
Carefully place the cheese in the center of a bowl or plate. Take care not to tear its delicate skin.
Slice the tomatoes into fat wedges and arrange around the cheese. Add the basil leaves.
Whisk the dressing together and drizzle over the tomatoes. Season with black pepper.
To serve, slice into the burrata to allow the insides to ooze out a little bit.