It is well known how big my love for cheese is, but when it comes to burrata with sweet juicy summer cherry tomatoes…pffff I am done! I will eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner. And no, I am not considering this as an appetizer, how could I? This cherry tomato burrata salad is exactly what I need on those summer nights. You all know these evening, after a long day of work and you are just too tired to stand in the kitchen for a long time? This fresh cherry tomato and burrata combination is a healthy and easy salad made with simple ingredients and ready in just 5 minutes.
What exactly is Mozzarella and where does it come from originally?
Of course Mozzarella comes from Italy. It is also a type of cream cheese (which must ripen for 1 to 3 days), or better, a brewed cheese. This type of cheese is often referred to as pasta filata cheese and comes from the Italian name Formaggio a pasta filata, which means “cheese with spun dough”.
Typical pasta filata cheeses are for example:
Burrata – Caciotta – Scamorza and Provolone, just to name a few. What they all have in common is the typical spherical shape that makes Mozzarella unmistakable.
The original and genuine mozzarella Bufala Campana is made from the milk of the black water buffalo and is protected in its Denomination of Origin (DOP). Only the buffalo mozzarella in one of the seven provinces of the regions of Campania and Lazio in southern Italy may call itself that. So if you see a cheese with this name, you can be sure that it is an original.
Did you actually know, you can buy buffalo mozzarella only for about 10 years, before that you could only get it in the delicatessen stores or in Italy. If you have eaten mozzarella from buffalo milk, how different they are. It simply tastes more aromatic and is much softer than cow’s milk mozzarella. The is often quite firm and sometimes a little “rubbery”.
No matter what milk is used for mozzarella – it is always round, white and has no bark. The color varies, depending on the fat content of the milk. That means buffalo mozzarella has, for example, a yellowish sting, since here the fat ratio is quite high. If you use fresh raw milk (cow’s milk), it is also yellowish, because also here, the fat content is higher.
Tomato salad with burrata, but what is Burrata?
Burrata is also a type of mozzarella that is mostly made from cow’s milk. You will rarely find burrata made out of buffalo milk. Its appearance is similar to mozzarella, usually not quite as round, more like a little bag. If you like Mozzarella, you will love Burrata – it tastes really delicious! The core of the Burrata is still quite fluid and soft. If you cut it, the liquid runs out! I already have goosebumps again! 🙂
The burrata is first made as mozzarella, but then filled with cream and mozzarella strings. Then the “ball” is knotted and placed in brine. Burrata does not last very long, which is why it is difficult to get. If you have the opportunity to try it, then do it. This tomato burrata salad is the perfect main course and if you serve it together with soft and crispy toasted bread to have a seriously good summer dinner.
Do you like our burrata tomato salad? You should try these Italian recipes:
Cherry Tomatoes with Creamy Burrata
- 2-3 pcs Burrata fresh
- Handful Cherry Tomatoes
- 80 ml Olive Oil extra virgin
- 5 tbsp Aceto Balsamico
- Fresh Basil roughly chopped
- 2 pcs Garlic Cloves
- 1 pcs Crusty seeded whole grain bread or Ciabatta
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Mix together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, 1 minced garlic clove, salt and pepper
- Place in the bowl cherry tomatoes and basil. Pour over olive oil mix and gently toss to combine
- Trick 1: Leave tomatoes to marinate preferably 2-3 hours in the fridge (but you can serve them immediately as well)
- When serving, place marinated tomatoes in smaller bowls with burrata cheese in the middle
- Preheat the oven on 180℃
- Mix olive oil and 1 minced garlic clove
- Place slices of bread on a baking paper and drizzle with mix of olive oil and garlic on both sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Put the bread in the oven and ‘grill’ for 2-3 minutes (per side, turn the side once it is golden)
- Cut the burrata and spread it on the crispy warm bread than add juicy marinated tomatoes. Enjoy your BeastFeast!