This Caprese Salad with Burrata Cheese recipe has a reduced balsamic vinaigrette to make a simple and delicious summer salad.
There are some great things to love about summer. I love that the weather is so nice that we can comfortably eat our dinners outside. I love that every day seems like vacation. Iced tea and popsicles and Watermelon Caprese Salad are on the menu often. I love that the biggest decision of the day is which pair of flip flops I’m going to wear. And I love that summer brings us the best tasting tomatoes- the kind that you’d like to eat just as you’d eat an apple.
One of the best ways to enjoy tomatoes is in this Caprese Salad with Burrata Cheese. I put a little twist on Caprese salad and used burrata cheese in place of the classic fresh mozzarella. It’s amazing.
- balsamic vinegar
- red tomato
- yellow tomato
- burrata cheese
- fresh basil leaves
- extra virgin olive oil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to make balsamic glaze:
Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until reduced by at least half. It becomes a little bit thicker as it reduces. Remove from heat and chill until ready to drizzle on your salad (this can be made ahead).
How to make Caprese Salad with Burrata Cheese:
The complete, printable recipe is at the end of this post.
On two plates, layer tomato, a slice of burrata, and fresh basil- repeat. You should have enough to layer four tomato slices, three slices of burrata and several leaves of basil on each plate. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil on each salad. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the balsamic glaze on each salad. Top with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
If you’ve ever had burrata cheese, you know the appeal of the stuff. They’re sold as fresh mozzarella balls that are filled with mozzarella shreds that have been soaked in cream. Italian delis and markets with a good cheese section will carry burrata. The BelGioioso brand is easiest to find. If you love burrata cheese as much as I do, then you will most definitely like to try this burrata baked ziti recipe too.
World renowned Chef Marco Pierre White (London’s 3 Michelin star celebrity chef who trained Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali, among others) once told me, “The more you do to food, the more you take away. Keep it simple and it will be best.”
So I kept it simple with this salad- layering two colors of tomatoes, fresh basil, and slices of that wonderful, tender and creamy burrata cheese. Pretty, isn’t it Top it all off with a glass of extra chilled Pinot Grigio. It’s simple, as Chef Marco suggested. And it’s definitely something to love about summer. Enjoy!
The Best Summer Salad Recipes:
- Strawberry Melon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette
- Green Salad with Strawberries and Sugared Almonds
- Chopped Grilled Vegetable Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
- Avocado Pine Nut Salad
- Tomato, Cucumber and Basil Salad
Caprese Salad with Burrata Cheese
- ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 large red tomato
- 1 large yellow tomato
- 2 balls (4 ounces each) burrata cheese
- fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
REDUCE THE BALSAMIC VINEGAR:
- In a small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until reduced by at least half. It becomes a little bit thicker as it reduces. Remove from heat and chill until ready to drizzle on your salad (can be made ahead).
ASSEMBLE THE SALADS:
- On two plates, layer tomato, slice of burrata, and fresh basil- repeat. You should have enough to layer four tomato slices, three slices of burrata and several leaves of basil on each plate. (You may not use all of the burrata you purchased- use the amount that is your preference). Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil on each salad. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the reduced balsamic on each salad. Top with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- *If you can get your hands on some wonderful heirloom tomatoes, they would be perfect for this salad.
- *If you cannot find burrata cheese, it's okay to use fresh mozzarella.
This salad is truly perfection! Not only is it delicious but beautiful to look at! Only made better by our fresh picked home grown heirloom tomatoes. Love it!!!
Going to buy some burrata and try it tonight with some fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Would balsamic glaze work as well as reducing the balsamic vinegar. ?
Looks like recipe hasn’t been viewed in a long time…..that’s too bad….we have a very similar recipe and like yours..it’s delicious and makes a very nice presentation…ditto to your comment about finding nice heirlooms. Burrata is the better choice over freh mozzarella.
Thanks — it turned out great. I think the cheese needed an extra day in the fridge (or maybe it wasn’t chilled enough the first day?!)
Just picked up some burrata and found the center to be very liquidy. Is this correct? I would like to make a caprese but am worried that it will be too messy when I slice it. Any advice?
The center of burrata is very creamy and soft (see the pic in the post of the fresh burrata… it kind of spills out a little). You should be able to maintain somewhat of a slice when you slice into it though. It’s so creamy and delicious- so much better than fresh mozzarella!
Heavens… What a beautiful dish this looks like. I would have made a chiffonade out of some Basil to spread on the salad at the last minute and gobbled the whole plate down! No doubt about it, this dish is “Simply” exquisite!!!
So simple, packed with flavor and wow dish.
This is my all-time favorite salad – in fact I’m having a caprese sandwich for lunch. That cheese looks heavenly and I can’t believe I’ve never tried it!
Love burrata and it looks perfect in this salad.
yum a summer fav in our home!
Beautiful salad! One of my favorites!
Beautiful presentation and colors! That is just why I simply love summer! It’s abundance of produce with difference colors, textures and flavors 🙂
Now that tomatoes are in season this is perfect. Love how simple caprese salads are! Love the pictures – the tomatoes are just perfect!
what a gorgeous dish! i’m seriously craving some garden fresh tomatoes and good cheese
What a beautiful way to plate the recipe! The vibrant colors of the tomatoes really pop. Yummy recipe.
Beaaaaaautiful! Seriously, I could snuggle up with those tomatoes, DEAR LORD.
Oh, girl. I’m drooling.
Hope your dinner and weekend was fantastic!
Yum- I am obsessed with burrata so have to try this recipe!
Burrata is for sure one of the dreamiest cheeses on this earth! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
I love Chef Marco’s idea of simple. Your colorful salad looks beautiful and it’s gluten free too! Yum.
Love this! Yum!
I love those big, juicy looking tomatoes! And the yellow and red contrast, so pretty!
And a big thank you to Bice, Star, and YOU for inviting me to the blogger dinner. It was wonderful seeing everyone!