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