This fresh and healthy burrata caprese salad is the perfect summer salad. Colorful heirloom tomatoes combined with fresh basil and creamy burrata cheese make this a deliciously extravagant tasting salad that’s ready in only 5 minutes.

Why you’ll love this fresh tomato recipe

Simple – Only 5 super-fresh ingredients and it’s plated and ready to serve in 5-minutes flat!

Versatile – You can serve it as a side salad with a summer dinner (here are some summer dinner ideas) or as an appetizer for a summer party or bbq.

Adjustable – We love the simple base recipe but it can also be adjusted for a completely different flavor with some simple ingredient additions or swaps. Some variation suggestions are noted in the recipe card below, our favorite is adding a drizzle of honey đŸ™‚

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Close up overhead image of sliced heirloom tomatoes on a bed or arugula lettuce. Topped with burrata cheese, basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients for this easy burrata caprese salad

  • Burrata: A beautifully crafted fresh cheese, burrata has a soft shell wrapped around a creamy center. When cut open, the fresh cream in the center creates a blend of textures that are truly delightful to experience.
  • Heirloom tomatoes: You can use any fresh tomatoes for this recipe, but heirlooms are the perfect pick. Fresh heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors make this salad a visual treat.
  • Fresh basil: You need a little fresh basil in each and every bite for a true caprese salad.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Clean a refreshing olive oil combines with all of the other flavors in this salad perfectly. A mild to medium tasting olive oil is recommended.
  • Balsamic vinegar: Any balsamic will do, but a thick balsamic or balsamic reduction has a sweet, syrupy flavor that goes perfectly with the salty burrata.
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper: A dash of salt is great on the tomatoes but don’t overdo it as the burrata cheese will be salted as well. Fresh cracked pepper is optional but highly recommended.
Close up image of burrata caprese on a platter with arugula, basil and balsamic vinegar.

Recipe tips

  • Serve the burrata wholeYou’ll be tempted to cut into the cheese to see the ooey gooey center – but leave that for your guests/family to enjoy!
  • Don’t plan on leftoversThis salad is best served fresh and eaten right away. You can store it in the fridge for a couple of days but it won’t be as fresh and delicious.
  • Try the different options – A drizzle of honey is a must and the addition of some figs or sliced apricots make this a completely different tasting salad.
Overhead image of a platter angled to the side a bit, layered with sliced heirloom. tomatoes, burrata cheese, basil, arugula and balsamic vinegar drizzled on top.

What to serve with caprese salad

This is a standout summer salad that can be served with any healthy grilling recipe. It also doubles as an appetizer for a party or any summer cookout.

Serve it with:

Close up overhead image of sliced heirloom tomatoes on a bed or arugula lettuce. Topped with burrata cheese, basil and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
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5-Minute Creamy Burrata Caprese

Colorful heirloom tomatoes combined with fresh basil and creamy burrata cheese make this a deliciously extravagant tasting salad that's ready in only 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 oz fresh burrata cheese
  • fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Optional additions or variations:

  • fresh arugula
  • drizzle of honey
  • sliced peaches or other fruit
  • chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Arrange the sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves on a platter. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Add ingredients from the variations list if desired.
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