I was like a kid in a candy store this past Saturday at the Malvern (PA) Farmers Market. There were a few different stands selling tomatoes but when I saw that the Kimberton CSA (the first CSA in Pennsylvania) had sorted their cherry tomatoes into bins so you could make your own mixture I knew that I had to go to their stand. So simple, but so fun to me. I opted for the quart sized carton and filled it up with cherry tomatoes of all colors and sizes including traditional red plus yellow, orange, purple and green. I added to that some gorgeous full-sized Siberian Tiger tomatoes (what a fun name) – red with gold stripes. Exactly what I needed as the base for this salad.

Ed and I both love burrata – a fresh mozzarella ball filled with cream. Now is the perfect time of year to pair it torn into rough pieces with fresh August tomatoes. Apparently I’m not the only person who thinks so as my local Wegmans was all out of it. I was worried that they had stopped carrying it but was assured that was not the case. Trader Joe’s saved the day as they were fully stocked. If you’ve never tried burrata please do yourself a favor and do so immediately.

This salad uses tomatoes in two ways – in the dressing and as one of the “leads.” The dressing is a great balance between the sweetness of the cherry tomatoes and the acidity of the vinegar. Add to that some freshly torn basil and mint (preferably straight from your garden) and you have a salad that screams summer. Don’t forget to top it off with some good flaky sea salt (such as Maldon) and your best olive oil to further enhance the flavor of the tomatoes.

I served this with some grilled spicy lamb Merguez sausages from Canter Hill Farm (another farmers market stand) for an easy summer meal. I think we may be having this salad a few more times this month while the tomatoes last.

Burrata and Tomato Salad

 

 

Burrata and Tomato Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
Dressing
  • ½ cup small heirloom cherry tomatoes, such as Sun Gold
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Salad:
  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes, such as Siberian Tigers
  • 1 cup small heirloom cherry tomatoes, in a variety of colors
  • 2 burrata balls (8 ounces), torn into pieces
  • ¼ cup of loosely packed basil, torn (divided)
  • ¼ cup loosely packed mint, torn (divided)
  • extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
Instructions
  1. Make the tomato vinaigrette: In a Viamix, blender or food processor, combine cherry tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, shallots and lemon zest and purée until completely smooth. Season with sea salt and put in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Make the salad: Using a serrated knife, slice the full-sized tomatoes into rounds and the cherry tomatoes into halves.
  3. Place tomatoes in a medium mixing bowl and gently toss with tomato vinaigrette (careful not to over dress) and half of the basil and mint. Season tomatoes with sea salt.
  4. Transfer the tomatoes to a large platter and place the burrata around the tomatoes. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and a few drops of the remaining tomato vinaigrette (on the cheese). Sprinkle remaining basil and mint. Finish the salad with a small sprinkle of sea salt.
  5. Serve immediately.
Notes
* The vinaigrette can be made 3 to 4 hours ahead.

 

Variation of a recipe from the Tasting Table

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2016-08-02T19:43:46+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Categories: Salads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Mark Jordan August 5, 2015 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Nicole, this sounds scrumptious! I must admit I’ve never tried burrata, but I’ll be remedying that very quickly. And ‘grilled spicy lamb Merguez sausages?’ Another culinary vista I’ve yet to encounter. I think I’ll just make this whole recipe!

    Mm-mmm good!

    xoxo,
    Dad

    • Nicole August 6, 2015 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Dad – Oh, you must find and try some burrata – I know you’ll love it. Here’s my first post from last summer – Burrata and Truffle Oil with Arugula. That one turned Dixie onto this wonderful cheese. And, yes, the sausage is a must, too. That one was new to me.

  2. Jen August 6, 2015 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Great post! I’m sure my family would love this as I’ve been doing a basic Caprese with mozzarella all summer. What kind of vinegar do you use?

    • Nicole August 6, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Jen – Oh, your cheese-loving family would definitely like this! I used red wine vinegar – it’s one of the ingredients in the tomato vinaigrette. It works well with the tomatoes. Enjoy!

  3. David August 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Burrata is the best – and you are so right, Nicole – this is the best season with the beautiful ripe tomatoes! Yours looks amazing!

    • Nicole August 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      David – Glad we agree that Burrata is the best! I can’t get enough of all the yummy tomatoes and gorgeous colors. Love August in PA!

  4. Susie McCawley August 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Well, I made this last night with tomatoes and basil from my garden. I must say, my presentation didn’t look nearly as lovely as yours. I’m guessing that you didn’t use the creamy center of the burrata. I did, and it made my salad look like it had a cream sauce. It was certainly tasty, but I think a fresh buffalo mozzarella would work even better…creamy throughout and more flavorful.

    • Nicole August 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Susie – I did use all of the burrata (including the creamy part). I guess mine didn’t have as much liquid as yours did? Your fresh buffalo mozzarella substitution sounds lovely, too.

  5. Michael Einbinder-Schatz September 4, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Wonderful salad. Thanks to Ed for introducing me to the blog. I saw this while checking it out and said, “This I MUST make tonight!” A little shopping and fun in the kitchen and a wonderful meal was created. I posted a picture on my FB page with a link to the blog. Thanks again for posting this terrific recipe. I added a little more salt and (yes) pepper to move my taste buds a bit more. I could see this enhanced with a little bit of fresh garlic in the dressing as well. I may even try it substituting balsamic for the red wine vinegar, or even one of the funky vinegar’s that I get at Cardenas. Fun times ahead as long as the tomatoes are available.

    • Nicole September 4, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Michael – So glad you liked it! I really like the dressing as it gives another reason to use fresh tomatoes. I made it this weekend with the orange tomatoes so it had a different color from the first time when I used red. Plus, it’s different in that it there’s more acid (vinegar and tomatoes) than olive oil. Garlic and a different vinegar are good suggestions. So glad you like my site. Keep sharing your comments.

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