This is how to make Burrata Caprese appetizer, salad or pasta. A light and tasty Italian dish with tomatoes, cheese and balsamic dressing.
If you have seen or been served Burrata Caprese at a restaurant you might be curious as to how hard it is to make yourself. It is way easier than you might think! With 2 ingredients as the base and a dressing that needs just a few more you can impress your guests with this when they come over. (affiliate links present)
Burrata Caprese Salad
You could transition all of these ingredients into an Italian salad as well. You would just start with a bowl full of leafy greens and then prepare this as directed. Difference is that you’d want tomatoes to be sliced a bit smaller, bite size, and dollop the cheese over the top after it is dressed and tossed together with some flaky sea salt on top.
If you are looking for something to serve alongside your cheese charcuterie board this is a great one. It brings some freshness with the vegetables and a tangy dressing. That can even be doubled and served on the side as a dip for all the things.
With both I would make some type of bread to go along with it. The best is bruschetta toast because it is small and easy to pick up and put things on top of. Overall this is not very expensive. You can add a bunch of different colors and types of tomatoes on the side to make it prettier. You’re going to need;
- 1 creamy burrata cheese
- 2 summer tomatoes sliced
- 6 cherry tomatoes freshly halved
- Sprigs of fresh basil
- Olive oil
- Some of your favorite balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Serving platter
It is a soft Italian cheese that is sold in a ball. Some may mistake it for fresh mozzarella because of it’s appearance and essentially it’s base is as of such. The difference is the middle is stretched and soaked in cream so it’s more liquidy that oozes out of the outside layer once it is sliced.
Burrata Caprese Pasta
Another fun option using the same ingredients would be to toss them with some cooked al dente noodles. You’d want to boil these separately, prepare this with smaller ripe tomato pieces to eat easier and slice the cheese so it can coat the pasta with the balsamic sauce.
I have a printable recipe card at the bottom you can keep handy if you want to. If you have trouble finding the middle item you should ask someone in your local grocery store, they may be able to order a few. You just;
- Use a platter or a plate with a large diameter to prepare this.
- First place the round of burrata cheese in the center.
- Wash the fresh tomatoes and cut into thin slices. Heirloom tomatoes are super pretty for this.
- Cut cherry tomatoes into halves.
- Place the tomatoes around the burrata in a random order.
- Add fresh basil leaves.
- Other fresh herbs can also be used, however, basil is traditionally used for caprese.
- Mix your extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and kosher salt in a bowl.
- Drizzle sweet balsamic glaze over salad and sprinkle with pepper to taste. It is best served immediately.
I suggest that if you have this out at room temperature I would then transfer it into the fridge again after about an hour. This will keep everything cool and you could pull it out again later. I wouldn’t do this more than once as the in and out may promote bacterial growth quicker. Ours hasn’t really lasted that long.
How to Serve Burrata
It is quite a pretty dish that is best on a large white plate or platter so you can see all the different colors. Serve it with a cheese knife in the center so people can spread it on to crackers or toasted pieces of bread.
Burrata Caprese Sandwich
And yes there is a 4th way you can use the same items and make a new dish. You could spread the cheese on the bread, lay tomatoes inside with herbs and use the dressing as a dip. Make toasted as a panini or cold. You could even add a slice of meat into the center similar to an air fryer monte cristo sandwich.
Burrata Caprese Calories
I mean are we really counting these now? Typically you’re going to serve this to guests, and actually it is definitely on the healthier side of any sort of football party foods if you ask me. It is not dairy free unfortunately, so my husband can’t have a piece, but burrata is gluten free! The other items you should check the ingredients but should be free of gluten too.
Whether you transition your classic caprese salad to this, turn it into a creamy pasta or serve as is as a tasty appetizer I guarantee it will impress everyone who has a bite!
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- 1 platter or large plate
- 1 cheese knife
- Take a plate with a large diameter. Place burrata cheese in the center. Wash the tomatoes and cut into thin slices. Cut cherry tomatoes into halves.
- Place the tomatoes around the burrata in random order. Add fresh basil leaves. Other fresh herbs can also be used, however, basil is traditionally used for caprese.
- Mix olive oil, balsamic and salt in a bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and sprinkle with pepper to taste. The salad is ready to serve immediately.