You are in the right place if you are looking for the best burrata salad recipe. This easy tomato burrata salad is perfect for a hot summer day or any time of the year. The creamy burrata cheese melts in your mouth and pairs perfectly with fresh marinated tomatoes.
Topped with balsamic vinegar and basil oil dressing. This healthy yet flavorful dish can be served as an appetizer or main course. Best of all, it can be ready in under 15 minutes.
Why you will love this recipe
- Fresh and vibrant colorful salad perfect to grace any occasion. This salad can be served as a light meal, an appetizer, or a main course with your favorite bottle of wine, depending on your preference.
- Flavorful: The flavors in this salad are a hybrid of pico de Gallo and Caprese salad. The delicious combination of creaminess from burrata cheese and the tartness of tomatoes makes this dish so special.
- Healthy: This salad is packed with vitamins A and C from the tomatoes, healthy fats from burrata cheese, and antioxidants from basil oil dressing. What is not to love?
- Quick and easy to make in under 15 minutes, the only prep you need for this recipe is the tomatoes. I recommend marinating the tomatoes for at least 15 minutes before serving it. The flavors would have melded, and every bite would be bursting with delicious and fresh flavors.
- No cooking involved: happy days! This salad needs no cooking or baking.
What is burrata
Burrata is a creamy Italian cheese made from cow's milk. It is a combination of mozzarella and cream. The outside layer has a soft and slightly elastic texture, while the inner part is similar to a ricotta cheese filling with creamy and delicate flavors that will melt in your mouth.
This cheese pairs perfectly with fresh tomatoes with dressing and bread for dipping. It is a perfect appetizer to keep you and your guest happy.
What you will need
You will need the following ingredients to make this delicious and refreshing salad.
Tomatoes: I used a combination of baby tomatoes and sugar-drop tomatoes. You can use any in-season fresh tomatoes of your choosing.
Brown onion: substitute with shallots
Extra virgin olive oil: substitute with olive oil
Aged balsamic vinegar: for the maximum flavor. Substitute with balsamic glaze.
Fresh basil leaves to serve
Crusty bread to serve: I used a baguette. I cut them into small slices to make crostini. You can use any artisan bread, such as sourdough or Italian ciabatta.
Salt and Freshly ground black pepper
How to make tomato burrata salad
Make the basil oil: to a food processor or a small blender, add extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil leaves, red pepper flakes, garlic cloves, salt, and black pepper, and process until all ingredients are blended and well combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Pour the basil oil into a bottle and set aside. There is no need to place it in the fridge; it needs to be at room temperature.
Marinate the tomatoes: Finely chop the onions and slice the tomatoes into halves or quarters if you use large tomatoes. You can also slice the tomatoes into rounds if you prefer. Transfer the tomatoes and onions into a bowl, add Italian seasoning, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and black pepper, and stir to combine. Leave to marinade for at least 15 minutes before you assemble the salad. You can marinate it for longer if you prefer.
Assemble the salad: Place the burrata cheese in the center of a rimmed plate, and add the marinated tomatoes around it. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and basil oil, garnish with fresh baby basil leaves and crostini. Serve immediately! Enjoy!
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Tips and variations
- Grilling option: If you want to make a smoky grilled version of this salad, I recommend grilling the tomatoes for about 5 minutes before adding them to the salad bowl. The smokiness would add another layer of flavor that would take your taste buds on an adventure.
- Air frying option: season the tomatoes as described above and transfer them to an oven-safe dish that will fit your air fryer basket. Cook the tomatoes in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes at 400F/200C.
What type of tomatoes is best for this recipe
You can use any fresh, ripe, and firm tomato of your choice. The fresher, the better for a great texture and flavor. There are many varieties of tomatoes to choose from. Here are a few you can work with Alicante, beefsteak, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, plum tomatoes, 4th of July tomatoes, and many more
How long does this salad keep in the fridge
This salad is best served the same day, as it will lose its freshness and flavor if stored in the refrigerator for too long. If you need to store it for a few hours, place it in an airtight container and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
Can I make this salad ahead of time
Yes! You can easily make this salad ahead of time. Prepare the tomatoes and basil oil beforehand, but assemble the salad before serving for the best results.
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Best Tomato Burrata Salad Recipe
- 1 lb fresh tomatoes
- 150 g Burrata use more if you cheeseee.
- ¼ cup brown onion finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons basil oil
- 1 Tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar or as needed
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Salt and Freshly ground black pepper
- Crusty bread to serve I used a baguette
- Fresh basil leaves to serve
Basil oil ingredients
- 15 g basil leaves
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Garlic cloves
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt to taste
- Make the basil oil: to a food processor or a small blender, add extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil leaves, red pepper flakes, garlic cloves, salt, and black pepper, and process until all ingredients are blended and well combined.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Pour the basil oil into a bottle and set aside. There is no need to place it in the fridge; it needs to be at room temperature.
- Marinate the chicken: Finely chop the onions and slice the tomatoes into halves or quarters (or rounds) if you use large tomatoes.
- Transfer the tomatoes and onions into a bowl, add Italian seasoning, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and black pepper, and stir to combine. Leave to marinade for at least 15 minutes before you assemble the salad. You can marinate it for longer if you prefer.
- Assemble the salad: Place the burrata cheese in the center of a rimmed plate, and add the marinated tomatoes around it. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and basil oil, garnish with fresh baby basil leaves, and serve with crostini. Enjoy!
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