Burrata Caprese Salad

Nothing says summer quite like a Burrata Caprese Salad. Sweet, sun-ripened tomatoes served alongside creamy burrata cheese, all finished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. This simple yet delicious Italian salad is the perfect quick lunch or side dish for summer, offering a touch of luxury without much effort. Let’s do it.

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Caprese salad with Burrata cheese served on a white plate with crusty bread slices,
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When it comes to summer cooking we all want it to be light and easy. Salads such as Mediterranean Chickpea Salad or Rocket Salad with Grilled Pears are the perfect examples of simple summer dishes. And of course, Caprese Salad should not be missed. This Italian classic salad is popular for a good reason.

Why should you try Burrata Caprese Salad

Easy-to-make: Caprese Salad is incredibly simple to prepare, making it perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. With just a few fresh ingredients—ripe tomatoes, creamy Burrata cheese, basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil—you can whip up this delicious salad in minutes.

Kid-Friendly: Children often enjoy foods with simple, familiar flavors, and Burrata Caprese salad is a perfect example. The creamy texture of the Burrata cheese paired with juicy tomatoes and aromatic basil is appealing to kids’ palates. Ask them to help to make it. They can help tear the basil leaves or arrange the ingredients on the plate.

Show stopper: Despite its simplicity, Caprese salad with Burrata cheese has an elegant and sophisticated appearance that will impress guests at any gathering. The vibrant colors of the tomatoes and basil, combined with the creamy white center of the Burrata cheese, create a stunning dish that looks straight from a gourmet restaurant. Serve it with crostinis, toasted bread slices, and chilled white wine for a perfect start to any gathering.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for Caprese salad.

Ingredient Notes:

With simple recipes like Caprese Salad with Burrata, there is nowhere to hide. The taste if this salad depends on the quality of the ingredients you use.

  • Burrata Cheese. If possible look for Italian burrata at the gourmet food stores for a real Mediterranean experience.
  • Tomatoes. You can use any tomatoes you like as long as they are nice and ripe. My favorite to make Caprese salad are helium tomatoes. But cherry tomatoes can be a great choice too because they are so sweet and always available in the supermarkets.
  • Olive oil. Opt for a good quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt and pepper. Yes, even salt and pepper have to be good quality to make this Italian salad. Look for sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper to make this recipe.

Substitutions & Variations

Burrata cheese. At times it might be not easy to find authentic burrata cheese. In such instances, you can consider substituting fresh mozzarella cheese for a similar creamy texture and mild flavor. Alternatively, you could also use buffalo mozzarella or even creamy feta cheese as a delicious alternative in your Burrata Caprese Salad.

Balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze. The authentic Caprese Salad does NOT require balsamic vinegar of any kind. It will simply ruin the taste of stracciatella from burrata and the sweetness of tomatoes. However adding balsamic vinegar became quite popular so if you feel like you want to add some, go ahead and enjoy!

Savings Tips:

Burrata can be quite pricey. You can use fresh mozzarella cheese instead of burrata for a budget-friendly option.

How to Make

To make tomato caprese with fresh burrata is super easy. Here how it is done:

Step 1: Start by washing, drying, and slicing tomatoes. Pick the basil leaves, give them a rinse, and dry gently with a kitchen towel.

colorful tomato slices on a white plate.

Step 2: Arrange tomatoes on a plate.

colorful tomato slices and chopped basil leaves on a white plate.

Step 3: Add basil leaves.

burrata with sliced tomatoes and chopped basil leaves.

Step 4: Gently place burrata cheese in the middle of the plate.

Fully arranged Caprese salad on a white plate.

Step 4: Generously drizzle with olive oil and serve. Enjoy!

Expert Tips:

Burrata Caprese Salad is served at room temperature, no need to chill it before serving. In fact, it tastes the best when served immediately after assembling it.

How to serve Burrata Caprese

I love this salad because it can be anything you need it to be. You can make it for lunch on a hot summer day and just enjoy it as it is or serve it as a potluck for a Sunday BBQ. Serve it on a large plate with crispy bread and chilled white whine.

A slice of crusty bread topped with tomato slice and burrata chese.

❄️ How to Store


As mentioned above, this salad tastes the best when served at room temperature. But if you happen to have some leftovers, refrigerate them in an airtight container and enjoy it the next day.

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Caprese salad on a plate: colorful tomato slices with burrata cheese in the middle of the plate.

Burrata Caprese Salad

Elena Elliott
Burrata Caprese Salad is a perfect blend of creamy Burrata cheese, ripe tomatoes, and fragrant basil, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned to perfection. Serve with toasted bread for a delicious appetizer or light meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • Rinse the tomatoes and fresh basil leaves under cool running water. Pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel.
  • Slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices and arrange the tomato slices and basil leaves on a large platter.
  • Place the ball of burrata cheese in the center of the platter.
  • Drizzle extra virgin olive oil generously over the tomatoes and burrata. Sprinkle sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!


  • Use tomatoes at room temperature for the best flavor.
  • If you prefer you can add balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze.
  • For an extra touch of flavor, add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
  • Serve with crusty bread to soak up the delicious juices and olive oil.
Keyword Burrata Caprese Salad
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