Caprese Salad with Burrata Cheese {family style}

caprese with burrata

Wednesday marked the last day of freshly picked summer tomatoes at the farmers market. I have mixed feelings about this; part of me is mourning the loss of hot, lazy days while another part is enjoying sweatshirts and long pants again. Having spent so many years in Southern California, I really treasure the changing of the seasons and that nesting feeling that only chilly fall days can bring. Still, I’m sad that there will be no more bright, juicy red and yellow gems at the market for another nine months. There are some cherry tomatoes remaining on our own plants but there’s hardly enough left to make a meal (they’re usually plucked by two little girls as they’re running by but who deny knowing how they disappeared).

burrata cheese

Summer tomatoes are at their best when they’re prepared simply so the flavor can shine. When I spotted some freshly made Burrata cheese I knew a caprese salad would definitely happen. For those who haven’t tried Burrata cheese, it’s essentially mozzarella wrapped around a creamy center made with mozzarella and cream. The center will hold its shape somewhat but has a very soft, velvety texture. I absolutely love it and it’s such a nice change of pace from a typical mozzarella.

caprese with burrata

The shape of Burrata cheese is so unique – it looks like a bag or purse – that I like to serve it whole for presentation’s sake. It makes for an easy family-style first course or appetizer, perfect to celebrate – or mourn, depending on your perspective – the end of summer. I also made a quick balsamic reduction (is there  a day or week that goes by when I don’t? I may need an intervention) to serve on the side for drizzling. So there you have it – a proper send-off to summer. Goodbye tomatoes, hello pumpkins!

easy caprese salad


  1. says

    I love the heat (comes from all those arctic Minnesota winters I had to endure.) But even I have reached my limit – I am ready for the next season. It’s still 100 degrees here, my cherry tomato plants are naked, and all I want is this salad!

  2. says

    I feel ya. I’m excited about fall and happy for boots but I’m already worried about how cold our new house will be this winter. I’m excited for apples but mourning the peaches. This salad looks great, especially that gorgeous mozzarella.

  3. says

    Nice, easy recipe. I’ve never had burrata cheese – definitely something I should try. We’re still getting tomatoes, but our production has fallen off dramatically (and it’s not yet that cold here). But the days are getting shorter, so less light means less growth.

    • says

      It’s always a sad thing when the tomatoes stop producing. I’m shocked that you’ve never had burrata cheese (only because you’re so food sophisticated) and I hope you try it soon. I always enjoy hearing your take on things, KR! :-)

  4. says

    I giggled when you mentioned your girls plucking your cherry tomatoes – mine do the same and they are so fast, I think it’s a skill! :) Your pictures are gorgeous as always. I have never tried burrata cheese but your presentation makes me want to reach through my screen!

  5. says

    Your farewell to summer was a lovely one! An edible Burrata cheese purse and adorable tomatoes (which in this case, remind me of sassy red flats). My “salads” are usually mosh pits of ice berg lettuce and mutant baby carrot bits…they’re jealous of this beauty!

  6. says

    I was just trying to think about how I was going to make the salad with burrata cheese, I open up your blog and there it is! I will be reviewing the recipe and will try it out tonight! So, extremely helpful !! :-)

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