Burrata Salad

This is one of the simplest and loveliest salads based around burrata cheese.

Burrata salad

Burrata is an artisan cheese made with cow or buffalo milk. It has a soft outer mozzarella shell and a creamy center and hails from the region of Apulia, Italy. It became a way to use up mozzarella scraps in the factory. Bascially the hot mozzarella cheese is formed into a pouch and filled with leftover mozzarella scraps and cream, leading to its unique texture.

Burrata in brine from the market.
It has become very easy to find in the past few years.
Sliced open Burrata.
Notice that beautiful creamy texture!

It is often served with a salad, prosciutto, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, freshly cracked black pepper, crusty bread or pasta. I have seen it on pizza as well.

Below is a simple salad of burrata, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, olive oil and baslamic vinegar. This combination of flavors is sheer joy.

Ingredients:

1 ball of burrata

1 or 2 tomatoes

a few fresh basil leaves to taste

a pinch of coarse sea salt

fresh cracked pepper

2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Slice your tomato and place in a bowl. Add the burrata in the center. Slice it down the middle crosswise. Tear up your basil leaves. I prefer to tear rather than chop them so that I don’t bruise them for this fresh salad. Sprinkle your sea salt and crack your pepper. Drizzle your olive oil and balsamic. I don’t bother to toss it. It isn’t even necessary!

Heirloom tomatoes from a farmers market
Basil from my herb garden
Ready to eat.
I used a yellow heirloom tomato in this salad.

Bon apetit!

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