Heirloom Caprese Salad with Pesto + Burrata

DSC01565.jpg

Today's recipe is so simple, easy and not totally a recipe, but It’s so good it’s sooooo worth sharing!

I have had so many Caprese salads over the year but there is something about the addition of pesto + burrata rather than the classic fresh mozzarella that brings this one to a whole other level. Now, if you haven’t tried burrata you seriously need to. It’s like a fresh mozzarella with a soft centre - making is perfect mixed with the tomatoes and spread on the toasted baguette. Plus since it’s now so popular burrata is available at most grocery stores, because who wants to run all over town looking for just 1 ingredient right? Though I will admit I have done that for burrata in the past - it’s just that good!

Now, of course, you can make your own pesto as well or use store-bought pesto - because, if you're like me, you always have a jar in the fridge because it goes so well with so many things and can add that hit of flavour to dishes that are missing something. Next time your making tomato soup add in a couple of tablespoons, it’s so good it will be your new secret ingredient.

So, celebrate the season of tomatoes with this salad tonight!

DSC01549.jpg

prep time 20 minutes

total time 20 minutes

servings 4

Ingredients

4 large heirloom tomatoes

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1-2 balls of burrata

6 basil leaves

1/4 cup pesto

2 tbsp pine nuts

drizzle of balsamic + olive oil

salt + pepper

baguette

Instructions

To prepare your salad slice your tomatoes then layer them on a large plate or serving tray. Cut your cherry tomatoes in half then arrange on top of the tomato slices.

Divide your pesto around the tomatoes in spoonfuls then sprinkle on the pine nuts and arrange your basil leaves.

Remove your burrata from the water it is stored in and carefully break it in half then arrange on top of the tomatoes.

Season with salt + pepper and drizzle with balsamic and olive oil. Serve along side toasted baguette.

DSC01544.jpg