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burrata, basil and tomato salad

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June 23rd, 2011 · Print Print

Have you guys tried burrata yet? 

The answer is probably yes — this creamy, delicate mozzarella has been popping up on menus for the past year or two in really excellent restaurants, and it’s spread like wildfire. 

Which, of course, is because it’s one of the best cheeses I’ve ever tasted.  And I do not say that lightly.

I’ve never been much of a fan of mozzarella — the key ingredient in a million fast food pizza places across the country has never held much of a culinary interest to me. 

But burrata is something else entirely — more like a creamy, rich cheese than a hearty mozzarella, this is worth trying even if you’ve never been interested in anything on the pizza spectrum.  All you need are some fresh mid-summer tomatoes, and this dish is an absolute dream. 

Burrata, Basil and Tomato Salad

INGREDIENTS
4 vine-ripened tomatoes
8 ounces burrata, outer layer stripped away
10 leave basil, julienned
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp aged balsamic vinegar
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS
Slice tomatoes into 1/4″ strips.  Arrange two tomatoes each on two appetizer-sized plates and top with burrata.  Sprinkle fresh julienne-ed basil over the salad, and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar.  Grind sea salt and pepper over the salad and serve.

Serves 2.


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Tags: appetizers · food · salads



5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Delane // Jun 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Burrata in heavy cream is bliss.  I love it with salt and slice of tomato on toast.

  • 2 Marissa (@TheStyleFile) // Jun 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    This look absolutely to dieee for. I think I could eat it all day long! Definitely buying some burrata on my next grocery run.
    xx
    Marissa

  • 3 Joanne // Jun 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I had burrata recently for the first time…and yeah it’s pretty breathtaking!  This salad sounds fantastic!

  • 4 Alejandra // Jun 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I love burrata! At Buon Italia in Chelsea Market they actually sell containers of just stracciatella, which is the creamy filling inside the burrata. It’s basically loose mozzarella shreds mixed with cream. So so good!

  • 5 londy // Jan 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

    That’s the best salad i am eat.

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