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This burrata salad recipe is made with homemade croutons, homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing, tomatoes, and spring mix. It's a simple yet elegant salad that serves a crowd!
My new culinary obsession is burrata cheese. Seriously, I can't get enough. When we go out to eat, if there is a menu item with the word “burrata” in the title, I am basically guaranteed to order it. So, I decided to hunt a little, experiment with it in my own kitchen, and created this delicious burrata salad!
If you don't know, burrata is a type of mozzarella cheese that is formed into a bag and then filled with soft, stringy curd (called stracciatella) and cream. In other words, it's like a little cheesy kindness pillow sent from above. I consider it a cheese for special occasions, and as such I had to create a special recipe to highlight its superior flavor and texture… this burrata salad!
How to make burrata salad
As I said earlier, since burrata is such a special cheese, I think it deserves an extra special salad. That's why we make the croutons and dressing from scratch for this burrata salad recipe. However, if you want to buy store-bought varieties, you can still make a delicious salad (more on that later)! Let us begin!
Step 1: make the homemade croutons
If you've never made homemade croutons, you're missing out! These homemade croutons transform this burrata salad from good to WOW! They're also super easy to make and only take 15 minutes to prepare from start to finish!
Start by cutting half a loaf of French bread into 1/2 to 1 ″ cubes. I prefer mine a little bigger because I like softer croutons, so I cut mine into rectangles of about 1 "x 1/2"! Then add the olive oil and spices, stir and bake. It really is that simple!
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Bake for 10 minutes, stirring once in half. You may need to adjust the cooking time based on your oven and your preferences (super crispy or slightly mushy).
Try after 10 minutes and adjust accordingly! They won't really brown, but they will get crispy! Then let them cool while you prepare the rest of the burrata salad!
This will make more croutons than is necessary for this burrata salad recipe, however you can serve extras on the side or store them in an airtight container for another salad on a different day. 🙂
Step 2: Make the homemade balsamic vinaigrette
While the croutons are baking, beat the balsamic vinaigrette. It is made with 4 ingredients in less than 5 minutes and makes this burrata salad taste amazing extra. (Can you say I felt quite "extra" when I created this recipe)?! 😉
I whipped mine into a small pyrex measuring cup for easy pouring, but you can also brew it in a glass jar and shake it to combine (as I do in this post for this healthy balsamic vinaigrette dressing).
Step 3: make the burrata salad
Choose and organize your greens
I recommend using a classic spring mix for this burrata salad! The tenderness of the leafy green vegetables and the bite of the arugula really complement all the ingredients very well! However, you can choose the greens you want!
Arrange the vegetables in a large bowl or large salad bowl. I personally prefer a shallow bowl for this burrata salad so that each serving has a little bit of everything (cheese, croutons, tomatoes, etc.). I used this bowl of noodles from Crate and Barrel because I found it on sale and I love that it's big with handles!
To make sure burrata cheese is the star of this show, I choose to keep this salad super simple and just add some heirloom tomatoes to the vegetables. Feel free to add the vegetables you want! I think a little grilled zucchini would taste amazing in this burrata salad!
Arrange the burrata cheese and croutons
Lay the burrata cheese evenly on the bed of vegetables and tomatoes. Make sure the burrata cheese is evenly spaced when cut to serve! Add the croutons around the cheese and save the rest to serve on the side in case someone likes a double dose of homemade croutons!
Sprinkle sea salt and fresh pepper over the burrata cheese
This step is absolutely critical to improve the flavor of burrata cheese! Grind some sea salt and black pepper on top of each round of burrata, trust me, you don't want to skip this step!
Add the dressing
Now is the time to sprinkle the dressing on all this delight! You can also choose to serve the dressing on the side if you think your guests would prefer it!
If necessary, you can store this burrata salad in the refrigerator by adding the dressing. However, I recommend keeping it in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour before dressing and serving, otherwise you risk getting the spring mix soaking wet. If you're using a stronger green, like Kale, this burrata salad will hold up a bit longer!
Garnish with fresh basil and serve!
Sprinkle some chopped fresh basil on top and serve this burrata salad! Serve the croutons and extra toppings so your guests can adjust their portions to their individual tastes! I LOVE this wooden serving set (and it only costs $ 10)!
How is the burrata served?
I recommend cutting the burrata into quarters for easy serving! Serve this burrata salad with grilled chicken, pasta dishes, etc.
Frequently asked questions about Burrata
What is the difference between fresh mozzarella and burrata?
Fresh mozzarella cheese is a mild Italian cheese made from cow's milk or water buffalo. Burrata cheese is mozzarella that is formed in a bag and then filled with soft curd (called stracciatella) and cream.
What is inside the burrata?
The interior of the burrata cheese is made of stracciatella (pieces of cheese) and cream.
Do you eat the burrata skin?
Yes! The "skin" of burrata cheese is mozzarella, and it's totally safe to eat (and delicious)!
Should burrata be served at room temperature?
You can serve burrata cold or at room temperature! It all depends on your personal preferences!
More delicious salad recipes:
Here are some more delicious summer salad recipes!
- This Asian quinoa salad is one of my favorites!
- Who doesn't love a great pasta salad with homemade dressing?
- I make this quinoa and roasted vegetable salad with mustard and honey
- This easy broccoli bacon salad looks amazing!
- Apparently I love quinoa, because this balsamic caprese quinoa salad is a must!
Burrata salad: ingredients and substitutions
There are so many ways to customize this burrata salad recipe! Let's talk about some of those now! If you want to skip the croutons and homemade dressing, feel free to use your favorite store-bought varieties for those two recipe items! However, homemade makes it very special!
- French bread. You can use any bread you have at home to make homemade croutons. However, I recommend French bread for the best flavor. Other ideas include sourdough, rye, or your favorite gluten-free bread for a gluten-free salad.
- Olive oil. In both croutons and dressing, the taste of olive oil really does matter! High quality oils will give you a richer, more robust flavor! You can also substitute a delicious infused olive oil (such as herb or garlic) for a delicious variety!
- Garlic salt. If you don't have garlic salt on hand, you can substitute it for sea salt!
Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- Balsamic vinegar. I have said it so many times on my blog that there is high quality balsamic vinegar. The balsamic vinegar should be so thick that it spills like syrup. It should be dark brown and sweet in flavor. Definitely should NOT be thin, watery, or sour in taste.
- My absolute favorite balsamic vinegar anywhere in the world can be found here. If you haven't tried high-quality, aged balsamic vinegar yet, take it for a spin! You will not be disappointed!
- Mustard. Any variety of mustard works well in this recipe, just keep in mind that the flavor will affect the end result.
- Honey. Maple syrup can be used in place of honey for another delicious variety!
- Vegetables: I mentioned earlier that spring mix is my # 1 choice, but any greens work well in this salad! Arugula, romaine lettuce, baby spinach, butter lettuce, kale, etc.
The sky is the limit with what you can add to this salad to make it yours. Here are some suggestions to make it even more delicious:
- Grilled zucchini
- Fresh corn
- Avocado (highly recommended)
Burrata salad recipe
This burrata salad recipe is made with homemade croutons, homemade balsamic vinaigrette, tomato dressing, and spring mix. It's a simple yet elegant salad that serves a crowd! Preparation time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Servings: 10 people Calories: 243.3kcal
- 5 oz spring mix
- 1 pint of baby tomatoes
- ½ cup fresh basil
- 8 oz burrata cheese
Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of mustard
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 6 cups of French bread
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ teaspoon of garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Make the croutons:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut French bread into ½ to 1 ”cubes (approximately half a loaf of French bread)
- Drizzle with olive oil, stir to combine.
- Sprinkle half the garlic salt over the bread, stir. Sprinkle the rest and stir.
- Sprinkle half the garlic powder over the bread, stir. Sprinkle the rest. Stir until evenly distributed.
- Spread the seasoned bread cubes in a layer on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake 10 minutes, stirring once in half.
- Set aside to cool.
Make the dressing:
- Put all the ingredients in a small bowl and beat to combine. Set aside but do not cool.
Put it all together:
- Place the spring mixture in a serving bowl.
- Place the tomatoes and burrata cheese over the spring mixture.
- Add croutons.
- Sprinkle sea salt and fresh black pepper over each round of burrata cheese.
- Sprinkle with desired amount of dressing, or serve dressing aside.
- Serve immediately.
Calories :: 243.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.2g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 17.4g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Polyunsaturated fats: 1.3g | Monounsaturated fat: 8.2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 246.4mg | Potassium: 24.3mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 3.6g | Vitamin A: 980 IU | Vitamin C: 14.5mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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