This burrata salad is a blend of fresh tomatoes, creamy cheese and basil leaves, all drizzled with a simple lemon dressing. An easy and elegant side dish that is perfect for summer entertaining!

When the warmer weather months roll around, I celebrate the seasonal produce by making salad recipes such as colorful corn salad, zesty cucumber tomato salad, and this impressive looking burrata salad.

A serving plate of burrata salad with heirloom tomatoes, basil and lemon dressing.

Burrata is one of my all time favorite cheeses. It’s irresistibly creamy, and has a neutral flavor which makes it perfect for pairing with a variety of other ingredients. This burrata salad is a classic combination of juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and of course, this fabulous cheese. Pair your salad with other Italian dishes such as pasta e fagioli soup, cheese tortellini, lasagna roll ups or baked spaghetti for a memorable meal.

Burrata Salad Ingredients

Bowls of ingredients including tomatoes, olive oil, burrata cheese and seasonings.

To make this recipe, you will need tomatoes, burrata cheese, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, basil, kosher salt, black pepper and coarse salt.

How Do You Make Burrata Salad?

Start by whisking together a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange the tomatoes, burrata balls and basil leaves on a platter or in a bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Garnish with flaky sea salt, then serve and enjoy.

Step by step process shots showing how to make burrata salad.

Tips For The Perfect Dish

  • You may be wondering why this recipe calls for two types of salt. It’s better to use a standard kosher salt in the dressing so it will dissolve, then add the sprinkle of coarse salt over the end as a finishing touch.
  • You can use any ripe tomatoes for the salad, but I prefer to use a variety of heirloom tomatoes for the different colors and textures.
  • Serve your salad with a side of bread for optimal enjoyment. I like to grill or toast the bread for even more flavor.
  • This salad is best when eaten immediately, so plan accordingly with your timing.
  • You can serve the salad with whole balls of burrata, or cut the burrata into pieces and scatter it around the salad. It tastes great either way so it’s really up to your preference!

Quick Tip

I like to finish the salt with a little flaky sea salt as it adds more texture and really enhances the flavor of the tomatoes and cheese. I typically use Maldon brand, but any nice quality salt will work just fine.

Dressing being poured over tomato and cheese salad.

Recipe FAQs

What is burrata made of?

Burrata is a cow’s milk cheese with an outer layer of fresh mozzarella, and a filling of cream and curds. It is a mild flavored cheese, and is great when served with fresh bread as an appetizer, or in a salad. It comes packed in tubs of water and can be found in the specialty cheese area of most grocery stores.

How should burrata be eaten?

Burrata is best when served at room temperature, and is a great topping for salads, pizza or pasta. I always add a little olive oil, salt and pepper to my burrata before serving to enhance the mild creamy flavor.

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A platter of burrata salad with tomatoes, cheese, basil and dressing.

Burrata Salad Flavor Variations

This salad is fabulous as-is, but you can add other ingredients to make the flavors your own.

  • Fruit: It is quite common to pair tomatoes with summer fruit such as peaches, apricots or cherries.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add more veggies to the mix such as sliced red onion, cucumbers, roasted red peppers or fresh corn. You can also add salad greens such as arugula or butter lettuce.
  • Protein: Make it a main course by adding cooked crumbled bacon or diced grilled chicken or shrimp.
  • Herbs: You can add more herbs such as green onions, chives, parsley, or even mint!
  • Toppings: Finish off your salad with a drizzle of balsamic glaze, toasted pine nuts, kalamata olives or a sprinkle of homemade croutons.

To me, this burrata salad is the perfect summer offering. I make it weekly when tomatoes are in season, and there are never any leftovers!

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Burrata Salad

AuthorSara Welch
A serving plate of burrata salad with heirloom tomatoes, basil and lemon dressing.
This burrata salad is a blend of fresh tomatoes, creamy cheese and basil leaves, all drizzled with a simple lemon dressing. An easy and elegant side dish that is perfect for summer entertaining!
Time
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time16 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups tomatoes assorted varieties, sliced or cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 8 ounces burrata cheese drained
  • coarse or flaky sea salt for garnish
  • bread for serving optional

Instructions 

  • Place the olive oil, lemon juice, kosher salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Arrange the tomatoes, basil and burrata balls on a serving plate. You can use the burrata balls whole, or cut them into quarters.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the top.
  • Sprinkle with coarse or flaky salt. Serve immediately, with bread if desired.

Notes

  1. You may be wondering why this recipe calls for two types of salt. It’s better to use a standard kosher salt in the dressing so it will dissolve, then add the sprinkle of coarse salt over the end as a finishing touch.
  2. You can use any ripe tomatoes for the salad, but I prefer to use a variety of heirloom tomatoes for the different colors and textures.
  3. This salad is best when eaten immediately, so plan accordingly with your timing.

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1486IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this salad with dinner tonight and it was perfect! It’s going to be my new go to salad for sure!

  2. 5 stars
    I really enjoyed the lemon dressing on this. Normally, I would have used balsamic, but this was such a nice twist on a classic flavor combination.

  3. 5 stars
    It is an explosion of flavors in each bite. The creamy burrata cheese perfectly complements the fresh tomatoes and peppery arugula. It’s a salad that will leave you wanting more!

  4. 5 stars
    This salad was a great way to use up all the fresh tomatoes I got at the farmer’s market today! It was super easy to make and tasted amazing!