Monday, June 6, 2011

burrata, strawberry and basil salad (2 ways)

I heart burrata cheese.  I mean seriously love it.  Like I could eat an entire delicious ball of fresh burrata on my own.  I have done it.   I actually asked if I could buy a ball of heaven to go.  Mind you I was past my due date and the size of baby elephant BUT the waiter said no.  Maybe he was scared I was going to pop if I put one more thing in my mouth, maybe he hated pregnant girls, maybe he thought I was going to quickly become a cheese master before I birthed my child and steal his recipe.  I will never know.  What I do know is the second I saw burrata in the title of this recipe I had to make it.  I had to make it so badly that I skimmed the ingredients without really reading and assumed it was on salad greens.  It was my turn to bring a salad to family dinner so, I just adapted it to a salad.  It was divine.  I like it so much I had to make it the correct way for our kick off to summer lobster roll party.  It was to die for.  Either way you make this you will not be disappointed.  I will forever curse the waiter at Old Vine but, at least I have a local cheese shop now.  I don't need his burrata anymore.  Who am I kidding I kinda do ... it has fried arugula on top and it is DAMN good.

burrata, strawberry, and basil salad
adapted: bon appetite

8-ounce ball fresh burrata cheese; sliced
pint of fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered, if large
mixed baby greens
2 tablespoons small fresh basil leaves; thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
sea salt
2 tablespoons balsamic syrup

* Can be made on individual plates or in bowl. 

Place mixed greens on plate or bowl. Sprinkle basil on greens.  Toss greens with olive oil, balsamic vinegar  and salt.  Add strawberries and nuts.  Gently place burrata slices in center of salad.  Drizzle the balsamic syrup over top of greens and cheese. 

burrata, strawberry, and basil Salad

8-ounce ball fresh burrata cheese
pint of fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered, if large
2 tablespoons small fresh basil leaves
sea salt
fresh pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic syrup
*crackers/bread for serving

Place burrata in center of plate. Scatter strawberries, and basil leaves around cheese. Sprinkle sea salt and freshly ground black pepper over. Drizzle syrup over.


That Girl said...

I saw this in bon appetit and vowed to make it this summer!

Ann said...

This looks so fresh and delicious! I will be making salad with the next batch of strawberries I get!

Dana @TheSundaySweet said...

I'm sold! This salad looks amazing. I've been wanting to try the strawberry and basalmic combo!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

oh my goodness that looks like heaven. so fresh and colorful and so yummy. I can't just taste all the sweetness and tart. I love using fruit with my salads! amazing!

Anonymous said...

Woww.. now thats yummm and healthy :)

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