Burrata Caprese

Burrata caprese is one of the best fresh salads! Juicy tomatoes are topped with fragrant basil, creamy burrata cheese, and the best olive oil.

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Simple recipes are where it’s at, am I right? And it doesn’t get much easier than this 3 ingredient salad (6 if you could olive oil, salt, and pepper!).

As with a lot of my favorite recipes, this is more of a suggestion than an iron clad recipe. You can use whatever kind and amount of tomatoes you prefer. Same with the basil and cheese.

If you prefer a basil heavy salad, go ahead and add more! Only have one ball of burrata sitting around? No problem.

This is hands down the best way to use those fresh summer tomatoes you’re finding at the farmer’s market or pulling out of your own garden (nice job, by the way!).


  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Burrata
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

How to make burrata caprese

  • Layer sliced tomatoes on a large plate or small platter.
  • Scatter basil leaves over the top.
  • Add the burrata and slice the tops to reveal the creamy insides.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

Top tips

How to find the best tomatoes

With just a few simple ingredients, it’s important to look for the best quality. I chose a combination of big heirloom tomatoes and colorful grape tomatoes

It’s ok to buy tomatoes that are a little underripe, since they will continue to ripen when stored at room temperature. Good tomatoes should be plump and feel firm with a little bit of give when gently squeezed.

Generally, a farmer’s market will probably offer you the best tomatoes, as well as homegrown. It can be difficult to find really delicious tomatoes in regular grocery stores, but some of the higher end stores may have better options.

How to store burrata caprese

This salad is best enjoyed the day it is made. However, you can keep it covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Tips for customizing burrata caprese

  • Use sliced peaches instead of tomatoes
  • Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze
  • Use whatever kind of tomatoes you have on hand
  • Swap the burrata for slices of fresh mozzarellabocconcini, or perlini

What is a caprese salad?

Caprese salad is an Italian salad made of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. It is topped with olive oil and salt. We’re making a twist on that by replacing the mozzarella with burrata.

What is burrata?

Burrata is a soft Italian cheese made from cow’s milk. It has a solid outer mozzarella casing that holds the soft inside together. The inside consists of cream and soft curds of cheese.

This type of cheese comes packed in a brine (liquid) and is best served cold.

Where can I buy burrata?

Burrata can be found in most specialty cheese sections at the grocery store. It is sometimes only offered seasonally in the spring and summer, but is becoming more available year round.

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