This heirloom tomato burrata salad is so easy and quick to put together and tastes incredible with my lemon garlic dressing. This salad looks & tastes spectacular and always makes a statement.
Perfectly ripe summer tomatoes combined with fresh burrata cheese is a pairing that is unmatched in both taste and flavor, I really hope you can give this a go.
What makes this tomato burrata salad so special?
I usually plant a few veggies and fruit every spring and a few varieties of tomatoes always make it to the list. Watching seeds sprout into tiny saplings that grow into big bushy plants and are eventually loaded with fruit is a joy like no other.
The most special part of this tomato burrata salad is that I get my enjoy my fresh, absolutely sweet and juicy tomatoes in this unbelievable flavor combination. This is an annual ritual that I have been enjoying for many years now, one that I look forward to all summer long ❤
The best tomatoes to use in the salad
While I love making this salad with fresh home grown tomatoes, any ripe summer tomatoes work well in this recipe.
When I don't have fresh garden tomatoes available, I love buying perfectly ripe tomatoes at farmers markets or heirloom tomatoes available in most supermarkets. You want to pick tomatoes that are already ripe and preferably have been ripened on the vine for the sweetest flavor.
The dressing for this tomato burrata salad
This is such a simple salad that you might think I am exaggerating when I keep repeating how good it is, but a few key flavors along with top notch tomatoes make this salad irresistible.
I keep this tomato burrata salad super simple by seasoning it with salt, freshly cracked pepper, a large pinch of Thai chili flakes & lemon zest and I dress it with a combination of fresh lemon juice and homemade garlic oil.
The homemade garlic oil which has a hint of chili, elevates this salad and subtly perfumes it with a garlic flavor that is not too overpowering and still lets the sweetness of the tomatoes shine through. I highly recommend making a bottle of my garlic confit & homemade garlic oil as you will want to put it on everything, it's that good!
Additions & substitutions to this recipe
I am a huge cheese lover and can easily eat an entire ball of burrata cheese by myself. If you are a cheese lover too or are making it for company that loves cheese, use double the amount of burrata cheese for a salad of this size.
Occasionally, I enjoy adding a few thin shavings of red onion to this salad. If you like raw onions, then you might want to try this salad with the addition of onion.
If you are vegan or don't consume dairy, you can either make this salad without the burrata cheese or substitute it with torn pieces of vegan mozzarella.
More recipes to try out
If you love the tomato and cheese combination then check out my makhani eggplant rollatini recipe that tastes so good with ooey gooey cheese and a tangy tomato sauce.
Heirloom tomato burrata salad
- 4 cups mixed heirloom tomatoes
- 4 oz ball of burrata cheese (double the cheese to make it even better)
- 10 basil leaves
- kosher salt to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon thai chili flakes (optional)
- 2 tablespoons homemade garlic oil Here's my recipe
- ½ zest of a lemon
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- crusty bread for serving (optional)
- I like using a mix of large and cherry heirloom tomatoes for a wonderful presentation. To add visual interest, slice the tomatoes into varying shapes/thickness. Layer them on a serving platter.
- Evenly arrange the fresh basil leaves on the top.
- Nestle the burrata cheese(s) onto the platter and tear it open with a knife to expose the beautiful cheese curds inside.
- Sprinkle kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper and thai chilli flakes evenly all over the top.
- Grate the lemon zest directly on top of the salad for some delicious freshness.
- Mix together the home made garlic oil and fresh lemon juice and drizzle it all over the salad right before serving.
- Optionally, serve this salad with some crusty bread to mop up all that delicious dressing that gets mixed with the tomato juices and pools on the bottom of the platter. Yum!
- I used homegrown tomatoes for this recipe but you can definitely use whichever variety of tomatoes are in season for the sweetest juiciest salad.
- I am a huge cheese lover and can easily eat an entire ball of burrata cheese myself. If you are a cheese lover too or are making it for company that loves cheese, use 8oz burrata cheese for a salad of this size.
- I sometimes like adding a few thin shavings of red onions to this salad. If you like raw onions, then you might want to try this salad with the onions.
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