Give caprese salad a lift with Burrata for extra flavor

September 4, 2013 Updated: September 10, 2013 at 11:35 am
photo - Heirloom tomatoes just got better when teamed with Burrata cheese.

Photo by Teresa J. Farney
Heirloom tomatoes just got better when teamed with Burrata cheese. Photo by Teresa J. Farney 

Caprese salad is a simple dish of fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella and basil that's dressed with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Burrata cheese, a fresh mozzarella filled with cream and curds, is available at some supermarkets, Italian markets and cheese stores. Fresh whole-milk mozzarella can be substituted. To watch a video demonstration, visit or scan the QR code below with your smartphone.

Teresa J. Farney, The Gazette





Yield: 4 servings

4 large heirloom tomatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds) or 4 to 5 large plum tomatoes Fleur de sel or coarse kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves plus additional whole leaves for garnish 1/4 cup basil extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 4 (2.5-ounce) rounds burrata cheese


Cut tomatoes into slices and place on large platter. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and pepper. Scatter 1/4 cup basil over tomatoes; drizzle with olive oil and vinegar.

Cut burrata cheese round and divide equally over tomatoes. Garnish with additional basil leaves and serve.

Source: Teresa J. Farney, adapted from

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