Minimal Monday: Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese

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I don’t know if there’s a heaven, but if there is, I’m pretty sure they serve this for lunch…a beautiful, light, and healthy tomato salad, with a big blob of cream filled burrata cheese right in the middle of the plate.   The luxurious cheese is your reward for lunching on wedges of fresh heirloom tomatoes lightly dressed with olive oil and fruity vinegar.

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I know it’s a little early in the season for tomatoes, but this can serve as inspiration for the days ahead.  I love to pick through a big pile of heirloom tomatoes for just the right combination of colors.  I could stand there for hours!   Even then, you never know exactly what you’ve got until you cut into them.  Heirloom tomatoes are jaw-droppingly beautiful, but their flavor is mellow.   The key to this salad is combining them with the sharper, tangier bite of smaller tomatoes.  The nice thing is that small cherry sized tomatoes are available all year long, and their acidity works really well with the rich cheese.  Just remember that no matter how small your tomatoes are, cut them in half to allow their juice and flavor to permeate the salad.

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For this salad I plucked the only the smallest basil leaves and tucked them in here and there.  That way the basil doesn’t get bruised and it stays fresh and green.  Put this salad together at the last minute right before you want to eat because you want everything at its freshest.  The juices from the tomatoes will mix with the olive oil and the vinegar to form nature’s best dressing.  You only need to add salt and pepper just before you break apart the burrata cheese.  I’m getting all worked up just thinking about it!

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Tomato Burrata Salad

Ingredients

  • heirloom tomatoes of varying colors
  • smaller cherry or strawberry tomatoes
  • a handful of small basil leaves
  • a ball of burrata cheese
  • olive oil
  • fruity vinegar or whatever vinegar you like
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the heirloom tomatoes into wedges and cut the smaller tomatoes in half.
  2. Arrange them on a plate or shallow bowl with the ball of burrata cheese in the center.
  3. Just before serving, tuck the basil leaves in and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

Notes

Make this salad just before serving, and eat it all up in one sitting, tomatoes don't keep well in the refrigerator.

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14 Comments

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    lydsblg
    April 1, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    This recipe is right up my alley. I’m a salad eater and love to try new things. Tomatoes are definitely in season here, so it’s really great timing to try this out.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
    March 20, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Oh wow! This looks crazy good. I’m so ready for summer produce.

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    March 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Love Burrata! And I love this salad!

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives
    March 18, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    It’s just cruel to make me so hungry for vine ripened tomatoes when they are months away. That and herbs are the only things I grow in my back yard. I have to admit that I’ve never tried Burrata cheese. It sounds like I’m in for a treat.

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    March 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

    That’s a beautiful salad. I haven’t had burrata cheese in a while and now I am craving it!

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      Sue
      March 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

      I just rediscovered it recently, and now I’m not satisfied with regular mozzarella anymore :)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    March 18, 2014 at 9:51 am

    We’ve been researching and planning our tomato garden already – and we still have snow on the ground. I adore tomatoes and can’t wait for a salad like this! It is absolutely beautiful and simple and completely perfect. Thanks – have a great week Sue!

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      Sue
      March 18, 2014 at 11:01 am

      I have no patience for growing tomatoes, I wish I did — I hope you’re planting some interesting varieties!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    March 18, 2014 at 6:16 am

    my dad could eat a whole bucket of tomatoes! He just loves them as so do I! the cheese sounds amazing with it. Where on earth can I find it I wonder. I have never seen it in our store before

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      Sue
      March 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

      I know you can find it the more upscale stores, and Whole Foods, etc., but I think many regular grocery stores have it too, it looks just like fresh mozzarella, the one that comes in the plastic tubs, so you have to read the labels carefully. I believe Trader Joe’s carries it, too.

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    Liz
    March 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve made this exact salad, but I sliced my burrata. Yours is SO much prettier! I cannot wait till tomato season. I will definitely make this again :)

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      Sue
      March 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Oh I have to go take a look !

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    March 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    This is my idea of heaven too, love tomatoes with rich burrata!

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    March 17, 2014 at 11:38 am

    OMG , who doesn’t like Burrata cheese? We inhale this stuff! Perfect for Spring !!

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