Thursday, June 28

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

Ripe heirloom tomatoes with creamy burrata cheese and fresh basil

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

When the weather is warm and the heirloom tomatoes are at their peak there’s nothing I love more than a perfect caprese salad. Caprese can be boring and typical, but with great ingredients and attention to detail it can be mind-blowing. This is one dish where I think presentation is really important, so I look for different shapes, sizes, and colors of tomatoes and layer them carefully with the right amount of fresh basil and pinches of soft burrata cheese. I don’t believe in adding too much dressing, but the tomatoes badly need some sea salt, black pepper, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, and an aged balsamic vinegar. This recipe could easily feed eight people as a starter or side dish, but my fiancĂ© and I polished it off for dinner with some homemade bread.

Heirloom Caprese Salad:
  • Slice 4 medium-large heirloom tomatoes into 3/4" thick slices and arrange on a plate.
  • Tuck a dozen or so whole, fresh basil leaves in between the tomato slices, then use your hands to pull a part a large ball of fresh burrata cheese.
  • Dot the burrata over the tomatoes, then season the whole thing generous with salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Serve immediately.

Serves two - three (main course)
Serves six - eight (starter)