Take advantage of the season, make this Fresh Tomato and Burrata Salad recipe! The tomatoes are sweet and juicy, the fresh burrata mozzarella is creamy and delicious with the added salted crouton for that perfect crunch to hit on all of your food cravings!
I love farmer’s markets. The things you can get there are absolutely amazing. One of the best ones I’ve ever been to is in Santa Monica on the Promenade. There is a long wait list and people wait for years to be able to have their booth there to market their products.
Many Chef’s from Los Angeles restaurants go there to shop for the best produce, nuts, oils and breads to serve in their restaurants. It’s almost always on my list of things to take people to see when they come to visit.
My favorite time of year to go…… tomato season. When a tomato is in season it’s crazy good. It’s perfectly ripe, juicy and sweet. I mean look at how juicy and colorful just the tomatoes are here?
I don’t have many regrets in my life, but deciding to not like tomatoes as a child is one of them. My grandma had a green thumb and her garden was spectacular (one I would kill to have today!) She could grow anything. What I wouldn’t give to go back and eat those fresh tomatoes right in the garden.
I can remember her eating a tomato right off the vine, like an apple. I was appalled. It completely freaked me out as a child. Today, tomatoes are one of my favorite things. The smell of the stem when you pull it off, oh my goodness, amazing. You can get tomatoes at farmers market that are so fresh, probably picked just days before you’re able to buy them.
This time of year I like to make a simple tomato salad….thus this recipe Fresh Tomato and Burrata Salad! It doesn’t need a million bells and whistles. Just a few quality ingredients: fresh, sweet tomatoes, simple croutons for a nice added crunch and fresh burrata cheese cut over the top. Then drizzle a little bit of balsamic vinegar over the entire salad to accentuate all of the crazy fresh flavors you’ll taste.
The croutons can be made in the oven with just olive oil, salt and pepper.
If you’ve never had burrata, you are in for a treat. Burrata cheese is a type of Mozzarella. The mozzarella is made into little pockets/balls that have a center they fill with cream. When you cut into the cheese, the center is soft, creamy and delicious. You can find it at grocery stores. Trader Joes sells one that it is reasonable and quite delicious.
When you put these simple ingredients together it just sings. The tomatoes are juicy and sweet, the croutons add the crunch, the burrata is so creamy delicious…..all topped with the tangy balsamic vinegar for a delicious and simple salad! It also works great at an appetizer at any get-together!
Are you looking for other fresh salads with Burrata… also check out this Tomato, Nectarine and Burrata Salad from Umami Girl and since Nectarines are so good right now you could also make this recipe from Joy in Every Season for Grilled Nectarine and Burrata Salad !
- 1.5 lbs fresh tomatoes *** see Note #1
- 1 ball of Burrata
- Drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar
- salt , pepper to taste
- 1 small baguette
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt , pepper to taste
- Cut baguette into bite size pieces. (cubed)
- Place pieces of bread onto a baking sheet.
- Drizzle olive oil over the top of cubes, then with your hands or a spoon toss until cubes are evenly covered.
- Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. (You can also use a seasoned salt such as lawrys for a slightly different flavor.)
- Bake at 275º, turning every 15 minutes until golden and crunchy. Usually about 30 minutes.
- Cut tomatoes to bite size pieces and arrange on a platter
- Cut Burrata ball into 1/4's, being careful to not lose much of the creamy center.
- Place burrata atop the tomatoes. (I usually space them randomly so each serving is able to have a piece of burrata.
- Sprinkle Croutons over the top evenly.
- Drizzle with your favorite Balsamic vinegar.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately.
- Serves 4 full servings or 6-8 side portions.
1. Use whatever is your favorite...I use heirlooms, and assortments of multi colored grape tomatoes.
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