Burrata is a soft buffalo milk based mozzarella cheese that means “buttery” in Italian and rightfully so. The outside is a bit firm to maintain its round form but once you cut into it, a creamy centre cheese oozes out. It is a cheese that goes well on pizza, toast, spaghetti, and salads and it is mild enough that it can be combined with a variety of flavours such as garlic, tomatoes or cured meats like prosciutto.
In this salad, fresh, ripe tomatoes are best because of the aroma and taste they hold. Slice the tomatoes at about 1/4 inch thickness. For presentation, place them on a serving platter. This recipe makes a side dish for 2 people but the recipe can be repeated for larger groups. The tomatoes can be layered in the platter quite artistically if you choose, for visual effect.
The tomatoes hold the most flavour so each slice needs to be seasoned properly with salt and a bit of pepper. For a bit more taste, sprinkle them with grated parmesan cheese, fresh if you have it of course.
Next sprinkle your cut burrata cheese over the tomatoes and drizzle with a good extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I always do this by eye but I use approximately 2 Tbsp of vinegar and the same of olive oil. You can even put some on the platter first so the tomatoes sit in the dressing a bit. The salad is finished off with fresh basil.
This is a very quick and easy anytime salad that can be eaten as a side or as a main dish. It uses simple, fresh ingredients whose flavours have withstood the test of time and become popular ingredients in Italian cuisine.
Burrata, Basil and Tomato Salad
1 large tomato (thickly sliced)
1 ball of burrata cheese
2 Tbsp grated parmesan
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3-5 leaves fresh basil
salt and pepper
1. Layer sliced tomatoes on a plate.
2. Season tomato with salt and pepper.
3. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on tomatoes.
4. Place burrata pieces on top.
5. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar on the salad.
6. Decorate with finely sliced basil.