Perfect Burrata Salad

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

Arugula and Tomato Burrata Salad | A Couple Cooks

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:

  • Pizza Margherita Our best pizza recipe! Based on visits to Italy and years of research, it features tangy pizza sauce & a perfect chewy pizza crust.
  • Lemon Gelato Made with just 3 simple ingredients and less than 15 minutes of hands-on prep work.
  • Pasta Puttanesca A super classic Italian pasta featuring garlic, capers and olives to give it a tangy burst of flavor.
  • Italian Calzones Prepare to be amazed! These pizza pockets feature homemade pizza dough and a veggie and two-cheese filling.
  • Peach & Burrata Caprese Salad This burrata caprese salad features ripe peaches and heirloom tomatoes, creamy burrata cheese, and peppery fresh basil.
  • More burrata recipes…

This burrata salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Perfect Burrata Salad

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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


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

Keywords: tomato burrata salad

Last updated: February 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    August 11, 2014 at 7:42 am

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

  • Reply
    molly yeh
    August 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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

  • Reply
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    August 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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

  • Reply
    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    August 11, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    August 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Dena Norton
    August 12, 2014 at 7:45 am

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

  • Reply
    August 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Where did you find burrata in Indy? Thanks!

    • Reply
      August 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm

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

  • Reply
    kristie @
    August 12, 2014 at 11:07 pm

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

  • Reply
    August 13, 2014 at 5:00 am


    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 :).

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