Heirloom Italian Burrata Caprese Salad

Whether you prepare this heirloom Italian burrata caprese salad as a side dish or appetizer, it’s so good. I’m sure you’ll love the flavours it offers in every bite. Heirloom tomatoes are showcased in this authentic Italian caprese dish, along with burrata cheese. Balsamic vinegar and truffle salt add extra-special flavours to this impressive yet simple burrata recipe.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

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A colourful feast for the eyes, this is one of the best caprese recipes I’ve tried. Tomato caprese with fresh burrata boasts fresh flavours and makes a delicious appetizer. You can make heirloom caprese from scratch in just ten or fifteen minutes including the homemade balsamic glaze.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

Heirloom Italian Burrata Caprese Salad Ingredients

As quick and easy recipes go, tomato caprese with fresh burrata is one of the best. Heirloom tomatoes and burrata cheese have such distinctive flavours, so you only need a few other ingredients to perfect authentic Italian caprese. Add too many other flavours and you will overwhelm the wonderful taste of the tomatoes and cheese.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Let’s look at what makes traditional heirloom caprese so special first of all. Heirloom tomatoes, which are in season during the summer, are basically tomatoes grown from heirloom seeds.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

These seeds are passed down each season and come from the tomato plants which produced the nicest tomatoes. Using heirloom tomatoes means farmers can choose traits such as size, colour, shape, and juiciness.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

These tomatoes are naturally pollinated by wind, birds, insects, or the farmers. You should be able to smell heirloom tomatoes through the skin, unlike most mass market tomatoes.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

So although you could use regular tomatoes for heirloom Italian burrata caprese salad, I recommend using an heirloom variety for the best caprese flavour. These extra-special tomatoes really do all an incredible flavour to the dish.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

Burrata Cheese

Burrata cheese is the other key ingredient in heirloom caprese. This cheese is Italian in origin and made from cream and mozzarella. It’s tastier and softer than mozzarella and also richer due to the cream. If you want to use mozzarella instead, that will work, but make sure it’s a good quality buffalo mozzarella.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

Balsamic Glaze

The balsamic glaze for this simple burrata recipe is prepared with balsamic vinegar and truffle salad. Balsamic vinegar is a rich, sweet type of vinegar, made from Trebbiano grape concentrate. You can buy readymade balsamic glaze but I love making it myself because it’s so easy.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

I’ve made it with balsamic vinegar and brown sugar before, but heirloom caprese is better with a truffle salt balsamic glaze. Truffle salt is basically salt combined with black or white truffle pieces. The truffle aroma infuses the salt with a distinctive, earthy taste.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this authentic Italian caprese salad.

Fresh basil complements the tomatoes beautifully and adds a contrasting colour to the dish. The only other ingredients you need for heirloom Italian burrata caprese salad are extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and some sesame bread. Prefer to serve it with another kind of bread or without any bread? That’s fine and it will still be delicious!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this authentic Italian caprese salad.

How to Make Authentic Italian Caprese

The first thing to do is prepare the balsamic glaze since it will need to simmer for 10 minutes and then cool. Add the balsamic vinegar and truffle salt to a pan and keep it on a low simmer until thick. Bear in mind it will thicken more as it cools.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this authentic Italian caprese salad.

Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes, drizzle them with extra-virgin olive oil and grind over some salt and black pepper. Overlap the tomato slices on a plate, tucking fresh basil leaves underneath some of the slices.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this authentic Italian caprese salad.

Add the burrata cheese on top and cut it into pieces. When the balsamic glaze has cooled, you can drizzle it over the tomato caprese with fresh burrata. Add more salt and black pepper if needed plus a sprig of basil for decoration, and serve.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this authentic Italian caprese salad.

Tweaks and Variations

Although this is the best caprese in my opinion, you can tweak it if you wish! For a sweeter balsamic glaze, you can swap the truffle salt for brown sugar, or use half of each in this simple burrata recipe. Using pesto in place of fresh basil is another idea.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this authentic Italian caprese salad.

You can sub another type of tomato and even another type of cheese if you want, but I highly recommend you make the recipe exactly as it is, so you can enjoy the most authentic Italian caprese.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this authentic Italian caprese salad.

Heirloom Italian Burrata Caprese Salad FAQs

What’s the difference between this recipe and regular caprese salad?

Caprese salad is made with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, which this variation boasts burrata and heirloom tomatoes for an exciting twist on the classic. Just like with regular caprese, this recipe is best served as soon as you’ve assembled it although you can prepare the balsamic glaze ahead if you like.

Which tomatoes work if you can’t find an heirloom variety?

Heirloom tomatoes are at their freshest around August, but if you can’t find any you can use another kind. I would recommend organic tomatoes. Don’t use mass market ones you can’t smell through the skin. Head to your local farmers market and see what they have. You could even mix and match some cherry or grape tomatoes with larger ones.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this authentic Italian caprese salad.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this authentic Italian caprese salad.

Heirloom Italian Burrata Caprese Salad Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for heirloom Italian buratta caprese salad. You will love this simple buratta recipe for a side dish or appetizer.

Heirloom Italian Burrata Caprese Salad

Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Healthy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Bella
Whether you prepare this heirloom Italian burrata caprese salad as a side dish or appetizer, it's so good. Heirloom tomatoes are showcased in this authentic Italian caprese dish, along with burrata cheese. It is an impressive yet simple burrata recipe.
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Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes heirloom
  • burrata cheese
  • 1/4 Cup basil leaves or more if desired
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea salt flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon truffle salt

Instructions

  • Prepare balsamic glaze. Combine truffle salt and balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to half. (about 10 minutes)
  • Slice the tomatoes thin and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt flakes and pepper.
  • Arrange tomato slices on a plate in a shingle pattern with a basil leaf between each slice.
  • Place the Burrata into the middle of the plate. Use a knife to slice the cheese open in a checkered pattern.
  • Drizzle the tomatoes and burrata with balsamic glaze. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with chopped basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Notes

Serve with sesame bread (optional)

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

This heirloom Italian burrata caprese salad is a wonderful combination of aromatic heirloom tomatoes and burrata cheese. A truffle-infused balsamic glaze and extra-virgin olive oil complement the flavours perfectly, making this the best caprese recipe ever.

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  1. Katarina Cermel wrote:

    5 stars
    I wish I could find heirloom tomatores!!

    Posted 7.23.22 Reply
  2. Julie wrote:

    5 stars
    This is one of my absolute favorite parts of summer! I was looking for a fresh twist on caprese, and this is with the burratta.

    Posted 7.29.22 Reply
  3. Nadalie wrote:

    5 stars
    It definitely is the best caprese recipe I’ve seen ever! Those tomatoes and the cheese! These are awesome!

    Posted 7.29.22 Reply
  4. Tisha wrote:

    5 stars
    This looks so so good! I will have to make it soon

    Posted 7.29.22 Reply