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Make this Perfect Cherry Burrata Salad for the Summer

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Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes
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Light and delicious cherry burrata salad for picnics and family dinners.

EQUIPMENT

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a small bowl, mix the cherries with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  • Place the cherries on a serving plate, and drizzle olive oil. Add the chili pepper and basil. Break the burrata in half and place it on top of the salad. Drizzle some more olive oil and sprinkle salt, pepper, chili pepper and basil on the burrata. Serve with toasted bread.

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cherry burrata salad recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes

What is Burrata cheese?

Burrata cheese is a fresh Italian cheese made from cow’s milk, combining mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains stracciatella and cream, giving it a soft, creamy texture. Originating from Apulia in southern Italy, burrata is traditionally served fresh and is known for its rich, buttery flavor. It’s often used in salads, on pizzas, or simply enjoyed with a drizzle of olive oil and bread. The name “burrata” comes from the Italian word “burro,” meaning butter, reflecting its creamy, indulgent interior.

cherry burrata salad recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes

Can I use another type of cheese instead of Burrata?

Yes, you can use other cheeses instead of burrata, though the texture and flavor will differ. Fresh mozzarella is a common substitute, offering a similar consistency without the creamy interior. Ricotta can provide a creamy texture but is less firm. Goat cheese or feta can add a tangy flavor, though they are more crumbly. Choose a cheese that complements the other ingredients in the salad for the best results.

cherry burrata salad recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes

How do you pit fresh cherries?

To pit fresh cherries, you can use a cherry pitter, which quickly and easily removes the pit with minimal mess. If you don’t have a pitter, use a small knife to cut around the cherry’s center, twist the halves apart, and remove the pit with your fingers or the knife tip. Alternatively, place the cherry on a bottle’s opening and push the pit out using a chopstick. These methods ensure your cherries are ready for salads and other dishes.

cherry burrata salad recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes

What type of olive oil is best for this cherry burrata salad?

For this cherry burrata salad, use high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil has a robust flavor and a fruity, peppery taste that complements the freshness of the cherries and basil. Its rich aroma and smooth texture enhance the overall taste of the salad. Look for cold-pressed, unfiltered olive oil for the best quality and flavor. Avoid using light or pure olive oil, as they lack the depth and complexity of extra virgin olive oil.

cherry burrata salad recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes

Can I use dried basil instead of fresh basil?

Yes, you can use dried basil instead of fresh basil, but the flavor will be less vibrant. Fresh basil offers a bright, aromatic quality that enhances the salad’s freshness. Dried basil is more concentrated, so use about one-third of the amount called for in fresh basil. Add it to the cherries to allow the flavors to meld. If possible, fresh basil is recommended for the best flavor and visual appeal in the cherry burrata salad.

Can this cherry burrata salad be made ahead of time?

Yes, this cherry burrata salad can be made ahead of time, but it’s best to assemble it just before serving to maintain freshness. Prepare the cherries, basil, and other ingredients in advance, storing them separately in the refrigerator. Just before serving, combine the cherries with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and then assemble the salad with olive oil, chili pepper, basil, and burrata. This approach ensures the burrata remains creamy and the ingredients stay crisp and vibrant.

cherry burrata salad recipe
Credit: Roni Cohen – @ronis_recipes

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