Tomato Burrata Salad – Julia’s Album

Tomato Burrata Salad is an easy-to-make 15-minute aspect dish or appetizer to make within the Summer time months utilizing contemporary tomatoes, mushy and buttery burrata cheese, contemporary basil, and basil pesto. This salad pairs superbly with any summer season dinner.  You possibly can serve it as a light-weight snack or lunch! It is a terrific appetizer to carry to events, BBQs, cookouts, and different summer season festivities!

Tomato Burrata Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil Pesto, and Fresh Basil Leaves - on a white plate.

Tomato Burrata Salad

If you happen to’re on the lookout for a contemporary salad so as to add to your assortment of wholesome Summer time recipes, you will love this colourful Tomato Burrata Salad with basil pesto, olive oil, and lemon juice. It options just some substances, but it is so scrumptious and appears refined on a dinner desk. Tomato burrata salad may be served as a aspect dish, appetizer, or a light-weight meatless and gluten-free meal. It is good for sharing with the group throughout summer season occasions, reminiscent of picnics, potlucks, block events, and BBQs. This vibrant Summer time salad pairs effectively with something, particularly grilled meats, hen, seafood, and pasta. If you would like extra tomatoes + burrata cheese cooking inspiration, do not miss these scrumptious recipes: Roasted Asparagus and Burrata Salad and reader-favorite Summer time pasta: Rooster Spaghetti with Burrata Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, and Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce.

Tomato Burrata Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil Pesto, and Fresh Basil Leaves - on a white plate.

What’s burrata cheese?

  • Burrata cheese is a cow’s milk cheese that combines each Mozzarella cheese and cream. The outer shell of the burrata is Mozzarella cheese (strong mushy cheese), whereas the within is crammed with creamy, mushy heart (mainly, contemporary cream). It has a wealthy buttery taste. Burrata cheese normally has a ball form, much like contemporary, ball-shaped Mozzarella cheese.
  • Burrata cheese originated in Murgia, in Puglia – a area of Italy, situated within the southern peninsular part of Italy.

What’s the distinction between burrata cheese and mozzarella?

  • Each cheeses are mushy Italian cheeses produced from cow milk. On the skin, they’ll look very comparable. Each contemporary Mozzarella and Burrata are sometimes formed as medium dimension balls, normally bought in a bath of water.
  • Mozzarella cheese is normally produced from cow’s milk or buffalo’s milk. Though mushy in texture, the cheese has an elastic really feel to it and holds its form when sliced.
  • Burrata cheese has Mozzarella cheese as its agency outer shell, whereas the creamy heart is crammed with wealthy cream and curd. When you slice the burrata cheese, it would not maintain its form like Mozzarella – the creamy heart will unfold out. Burrata cheese is way softer than Mozzarella.

Substances you want

  • Grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. I like to make use of completely different colours – pink and yellow. That immediately creates a extra attention-grabbing presentation with out a lot effort.
  • Burrata cheese may be discovered in lots of grocery shops in the identical part as contemporary Mozzarella cheese. If you cannot discover Burrata, the following greatest substitute could be giant contemporary Mozzarella cheese balls.
  • Basil pesto. Make it from scratch or use a store-bought variety (the refrigerated variety).
  • Lemon juice. I all the time suggest freshly squeezed – I used half a lemon for this recipe.
  • Salt and pepper. Use freshly floor black pepper.
  • Recent basil. Add complete leaves or chops them up proper earlier than serving. Understand that when you chop the basil, it turns darkish actually quick.

Find out how to make tomato burrata salad

  1. Add halved cherry tomatoes on particular person salad plates (or on a big serving dish).
  2. Place burrata cheese in between the tomatoes. You possibly can slice every ball of cheese in half or maintain it complete.
  3. Drizzle basil pesto on prime. Squeeze the lemon juice on prime.
  4. Season with salt and freshly floor black pepper.
  5. Prime with contemporary basil leaves. You possibly can chop them up or use them complete.

Tomato Burrata Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil Pesto, and Fresh Basil Leaves - on a white plate.

Vital suggestions

  • Deliver Burrata cheese to room temperature and add it proper earlier than serving the salad.
  • Use high-quality olive oil.  I want to make use of additional virgin olive oil, labeled as first cold-pressed, and packaged in a darkish bottle.  Such olive oil normally has a particular peppery or fruity style.
  • Use colourful cherry or grape tomatoes.  On this recipe, I used pink and yellow cherry tomatoes.  This provides vibrancy and shade to your dish and makes a ravishing presentation!
  • Use store-bought basil pesto, or make it a day or two upfront from scratch, utilizing my recipe for one of the best basil pesto made with toasted pine nuts and a contact of mayo for creaminess.

Variations, Substitutions, and Add-ins

  • Add pine nuts. Toast the pine nuts within the preheated oven at 350 F for less than 5 minutes.  Watch the oven rigorously – the nuts can burn shortly.  Toasted pine nuts purchase a ravishing shade and crunch.
  • Tomatoes. Whereas I used cherry tomatoes, you need to use any type of contemporary tomatoes you want: Roma tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes. You possibly can even add sun-dried tomatoes for a burst of taste.
  • Cheese. If you cannot discover burrata cheese, use giant balls of contemporary Mozzarella cheese as an alternative.
  • Use balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze as a dressing as an alternative of or along with basil pesto.

Find out how to serve it?

Serve tomato burrata salad with a slice of crusty Italian bread, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar. It additionally works nice as a topping for pizzas, pasta, and crostini.

What primary programs go effectively with this salad?

This tomato burrata salad pairs superbly with all sorts of grilled meats, reminiscent of hen, steak, and pork.  If you happen to’re on the lookout for primary course recipes which might be as refreshing as this salad, strive these:

Different recipes that embody each tomatoes and burrata cheese