Burrata Caprese Salad Recipe

Published on August 13th 2023 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Close up view of Burrata Caprese Salad

Burrata is handmade by proud Artisans who have mastered their craft to bring us this type of cheese with a soft outer cheese and sweet, creamy inside that just can't be matched. The word Burrata translates to "butter" in Italian about the rich textures of the cheese; traditionally, the cheese is made using Buffalo milk which produces thicker and creamier milk than cows. The buffalo milk is then slightly heated with the addition of rennet, an enzyme produced in mammals that helps curdle the milk, turning it into cheese. Once the cheese curds start forming, the cheese is hand stretched and tied off with a knot to keep its shape. It's then stored in Whey, the liquid leftover and strained after making the cheese. 

Burrata Caprese Salad uses only a few simple ingredients, balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, Burrata cheese, peppery arugula, Maldon sea salt for extra flavor and crunch, cracked black peppercorns, and of course tomatoes, in this case, baby heirloom. When making any of your dishes with fresh tomatoes, they should be at room temperature to increase the natural sweet and sour flavors; if served chilled, the flavors won't be as intense. If you can't find Burrata at your local market, there's also a recipe for Heirloom Tomato Salad that is just as great. 


What's the best cheese for Caprese salad?

Traditionally, caprese salad uses fresh mozzarella, bocconcini (tiny mozzarella pearls), or fresh Burrata. 

Is burrata cheese similar to mozzarella?

The tastes are similar on the outside; however, the creamy inside makes Burrata so tasty. 

Which tomato is best for caprese?

Any tomatoes work well for caprese. The most comely used tomatoes are usually heirloom tomatoes in prime season due to their bright and vibrant colors and natural flavors. 

Why is burrata stored in water?

Burrata is stored in whey, the liquid leftover after curdling and producing the cheese. Burrata is stored in this to prevent the cheese from drying out as well, is it helps preserve the cheese. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
4 persons


Balsamic Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil 

  • 1/2 teaspoon Honey

Burrata Caprese Salad
  • 2 cups Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, cut in half, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup Baby Arugula

  • 1 ball Burrata Cheese, cut into 4 

  • 12 Basil Leaves, torn 

  • 1/8 teaspoon Maldon Sea Salt 

  • Fresh Cracked Black Peppercorns, to taste


Balsamic Dressing

Whisk the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey in a small bowl, setting the dressing aside. 

Prepare salad dressing
Burrata Caprese Salad

Add the tomatoes and baby arugula into a mixing bowl tossing them with the balsamic dressing. 

Prepare the vegetable salad and adding the dressing

Arrange onto a serving dish or into individual plates adding the Burrata cheese, torn basil, maldon sea salt and fresh cracked black peppercorns to finish the salad off. 

Serving the Burrata Caprese Salad
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