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This arugula and tomato burrata salad comes together in 5 minutes and is the perfect appetizer for any Italian-inspired meal.

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Burrata is the most sensational treat: a pouch of mozzarella filled with cream and fresh cheese. Cheese filled with creamy cheese? It’s just as epic as it sounds. When we traveled to the Amalfi Coast a few years ago, Alex and I stayed in a little B&B in a town called Montepertuso, midway up the cliffs above the picture-perfect town of Positano. On our last night we went to a small, family-owned white table cloth restaurant. The food was pretty good, but we remember only one thing: the burrata. Here’s a burrata salad just like the one we ordered!

More with burrata? Try this Easy Burrata Platter.

What you need to make burrata salad

This burrata salad with tomatoes and arugula is all about the simplicity of fresh, incredible ingredients. After cutting into to the cheese, the cream floods the plate as a sort of dressing for the tomatoes and peppery arugula beneath it. This arugula and tomato burrata salad would go well as an appetizer with our other Italian-inspired recipes, or any summer meal. Here’s how to make it:

  • Burrata cheese: You can find burrata cheese more easily these days in grocery stores in the US. Alex and I can even find it locally made at our farmers market. Depending on where you buy it, it may be a bit of a splurge price-wise. But it’s worth it as a special treat, we promise!
  • Arugula: You can use either standard or baby arugula here. We prefer baby arugula for its feathery texture and milder flavor.
  • Ripe tomatoes: Don’t even think about using out of season tomatoes here! They need to be perfectly ripe and juicy for this salad to taste incredible.
  • Olive oil and vinegar: All you’ll do is sprinkle a little olive oil and white wine vinegar over the salad, and it’s complete! It’s so easy, it’s barely even a recipe (more of a concept).
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Serving this burrata salad

Because the burrata cheese is creamy inside, it makes serving a little more challenging! Here’s what we recommend for serving:

  • Serve on a large plate as an appetizer for 4. We served this burrata salad as an appetizer for 4 people. It was served on a large plate and everyone cut off pieces of burrata and ate them with the tomatoes and arugula.
  • Or, serve as a heartier appetizer or side salad for 2. This portion was served as an appetizer in Italy that we shared between the two of us.

If you’re itching to make this arugula and tomato burrata salad for a crowd, you could substitute the burrata with small mozzarella balls. The taste won’t be the same (the burrata really makes this dish!), but it’s a good compromise flavor-wise.

Related: Homemade Italian Dressing | The Best Tossed Salad

Arugula and Tomato Burrata Salad

Looking for more easy Italian recipes? 

Outside of this burrata salad, here are a few more of our Italian inspired recipes:

This burrata salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 as a small appetizer 1x
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This arugula and tomato burrata salad comes together in 5 minutes and is the perfect appetizer for any Italian-inspired meal.


  • 3 cups baby arugula leaves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large burrata cheese
  • Olive oil
  • White wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt


  1. Wash and de-stem 3 cups baby arugula. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
  2. Place a bed of arugula on a plate, then place the burrata in the center.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and a splash of white wine vinegar. Sprinkle with kosher salt and serve.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Italian

Last updated: February 2020

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Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Vyrginia says:


    I just tried it yesterday and it tastes fantastic. On top of that, it’s so easy to make and doesn’t require much time at all! Being as how busy I am at the office, I definitely need to prioritize my time to making food that fuels my workout routines. I’ve been following your website for a while and these recipes do not disappoint :).

  2. kristie @ says:

    I have never had burrata before, so I am going to have to remedy that. This looks incredible!

  3. Kendra says:

    Where did you find burrata in Indy? Thanks!

    1. Alex says:

      Hi! Whole Foods has it — different varieties depending on the day :)

  4. Dena Norton says:

    I’m with Molly – there’s nothing quite like burrata! :)

  5. Katie @ Whole Nourishment says:

    I love burrata, but rarely have it. I know one specialty store that carries it here…thanks for the reminder, I must have this salad before summer is over!

  6. Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth says:

    Looks like there were quite a few forks and knives vying for the burrata. What a great dish that is beautiful, tasty and easy to make!

  7. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    there is a local place we go to that served warm burrata with really good toast. i love eating this straight up as well.

  8. molly yeh says:

    i want to like, jump in a pool filled with burrata and never come out

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I can eat stuff like this every day! Such an amazing, simple, salad. Burrata is so yummy!