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Whether you’re looking for a refreshing side dish, appetizer, or a light meal, this tomato burrata salad recipe is sure to become your go-to on Italian food nights (and days). With luscious tomatoes, creamy cheese, and a touch of sweetness from my healthy balsamic glaze recipe, it makes a refreshing and satisfying pairing for everything from pasta to grilled meats.
While this burrata recipe shares similarities with other classic summer salads, it brings its own unique flair to the table. Unlike a classic Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, this one showcases the melt-in-your-mouth texture of burrata cheese.
Burrata Salad Recipe: Why You’ll Love It
- Crisp, juicy tomatoes
- Fresh, creamy burrata cheese
- Sweet balsamic glaze
- Takes just 10 minutes
- Versatile as a side dish, appetizer, or light meal
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best burrata salad ingredients, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Olive Oil – I prefer extra virgin olive oil (I like this brand), but you can also use regular olive oil or even avocado oil.
- Balsamic Vinegar – A classic choice that adds a touch of acidity. You could also try red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, or a sweet and tangy raspberry vinegar.
- Garlic Powder – Adds aroma and savory flavor. You can use 4 cloves of fresh minced garlic instead if you like.
- Tomatoes – I like a mix of multi-color cherry tomatoes and full-size heirloom tomatoes for texture and visual interest, but any tomatoes will work. In the summer months, get your tomatoes from the farmer’s market for the freshest taste!
- Burrata – This cheese usually comes packaged in liquid, so drain it first. Then, slice it with a sharp knife or tear it into pieces for the salad. Fresh mozzarella would work as a substitute, but then it would no longer be a burrata salad. 😉
- Fresh Basil Leaves – Basil adds a fresh, vibrant element to the salad. Fresh herbs work best here and I don’t recommend using dried.
- Balsamic Glaze – Adds sweetness and tang that beautifully complements the creamy burrata. It’s really quick to make balsamic glaze at home (just use the same balsamic vinegar above), but store-bought also works or you can omit it altogether.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper – Kosher salt will work here too, and I recommend freshly cracked black pepper.
How To Make Burrata Salad
This section shows how to make salad with burrata, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Mix the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and salt, until well combined.
- Assemble the burrata salad. Arrange both types of tomatoes, burrata, and basil leaves on a large serving platter, or in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the top.
- Serve. If desired, finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper.
Burrata vs. Mozzarella: What’s The Difference?
Burrata has a soft and creamy center, whereas mozzarella is more firm and elastic. Both are mild cheeses made from cow’s milk, but burrata is filled with soft, stringy curd and cream inside.
- Peach burrata salad – For a sweet twist, add 2 to 3 ripe peaches (or other stone fruit), sliced into thin wedges.
- Burrata arugula salad – Simply add arugula to taste and mix with the other ingredients. You might need to increase the amount of dressing. Red onions or shallots also make a nice addition to this version.
- Watermelon burrata salad – Omit tomatoes and add 5-6 cups of cubed watermelon instead.
- Turn it into pasta salad – Chop the ingredients into bite sized pieces. Then, toss with cooked and cooled pasta of your choice. Finally, dress as usual, adding more to taste if desired. This also works well with raw zucchini noodles!
- Store: Burrata salad is best made fresh, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. If possible, store without the dressing.
- Meal prep: Make the dressing, cut the tomatoes, and store both in the refrigerator separately until ready to assemble.
What To Serve With Burrata Salad
Finding the right pairing for burrata tomato salad will totally elevate your meal! Here are some ideas:
- Grilled Recipes – In the warm months, fire up your grill and pair this fresh salad with crispy grilled chicken legs, a juicy grilled steak, or flaky grilled halibut. The flavors also pair exceptionally well with Mediterranean chicken kabobs!
- Chicken – This salad pairs perfectly with a range of Italian-style chicken recipes, such as creamy chicken marsala or sweet and savory balsamic chicken thighs.
- Fish – Serve with simple baked salmon, quick air fryer cod fish, or for a summer cookout, grilled halibut.
- Pizza – You can add burrata salad as a side to any pizza, but I like to opt for lighter options like zucchini pizza boats, a veggie-packed cauliflower pizza casserole, or crisp chicken crust pizza.
- Pasta – Pair it with your favorite noodles. My go-to light options are stuffed spaghetti squash, eggplant lasagna and zucchini noodle shrimp scampi.
More Summer Salad Recipes
Just like burrata salad, these recipes taste the best with the freshest produce. Try these summery recipes next:
Burrata Salad (10 Minutes!)
This burrata salad recipe combines creamy burrata, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and sweet balsamic for a light, easy side in just 10 minutes.
Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and salt, until well combined.
Arrange both types of tomatoes, burrata, and basil leaves on a large platter. Drizzle the dressing over the top.
If desired, drizzle with balsamic glaze and finish with freshly cracked black pepper.
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