Enjoy this burrata caprese recipe that mimics traditional caprese flavors but uses burrata cheese instead of traditional mozzarella for a creamier interesting dish.
During our last vacation, I ordered the caprese salad but it came with burrata cheese instead of fresh mozzarella.
What is Burrata Cheese?
If you haven't tried burrata cheese you are in for a treat. Burrata Cheese is similar to fresh mozzarella, especially from the outside. It's also made from mozzarella. The outer shell looks and has the same texture as fresh mozzarella cheese. However, the inside is filled with soft cheese and cream.
It's relatively new but you should be able to find it in most larger grocery stores in the specialty cheese section.
It works great with summer fresh tomatoes and basil for a classic caprese salad.
What You'll Need
- Burrata cheese ball
- Fresh tomatoes of all kinds
- Fresh basil leaves
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze
- Salt and pepper to taste
How to Make a Burrata Caprese
I used a large platter and set the burrata in the center. Then I surrounded it with slices of fresh tomatoes and a variety of cherry heirloom tomatoes cut in half. Also, a few basil leaves are tucked around the edge.
More basil is chopped up and sprinkled over top.
Next, cut the burrata by making an X through the middle and gently peel back each quarter.
Top the entire dish with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, some balsamic vinegar or a balsamic glaze, and a little salt and pepper.
What's a Balsamic Glaze?
Balsamic glaze is simply a balsamic vinegar and sugar reduction. You can make a balsamic glaze by simmering a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar in a cup of balsamic vinegar. It will reduce to a thicker consistency after about 20 minutes or so. Then you can use it to drizzle on the salad instead of simple balsamic vinegar.
Serve with bread rounds as an appetizer or just as a great summer salad by itself or as a side dish to some grilled chicken or fish.
Burrata Caprese Salad or Appetizer Recipe
- 1 4 ounce burrata cheese ball
- 2 cups sliced fresh tomatoes of all kinds
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze
- flaky sea salt and black pepper to taste
- extra fresh basil leaves for garnish
- Drain the burrata bowl and place it into the center of a serving platter.
- Arrange slices of harvested tomatoes and halved cherry or grape tomatoes around the burrata ball.
- Tuck in some fresh basil leaves around the edges.
- Make an X in the middle of the top of the burrata ball and gently peel back the sections a little.
- Sprinkle the chopped basil over the tomatoes.
- Drizzle extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar all over the platter.
- Finish with a dash of salt and black pepper.
- Serve with baguette slices for an appetizer or alone as a side dish salad.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.