Peach, burrata, and basil salad is one of those non-recipe recipes that’s a riff on Caprese salad. Arrange some oozing pieces of burrata cheese on a plate, top with peach chunks, and toss in some basil.
This peach, burrata, and basil salad is a godsend of a summer staple when either it’s too hot or you’re too lazy to do much more for supper than simply slice. The sweet, the creamy, the salty all collide in one of the loveliest and most fortunate accidents of summer.–David Leite
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Peach Burrata Salad FAQs
What is burrata cheese?
Burrata is a soft, mild Italian cheese made from cow’s milk, that’s similar to mozzarella, but has a creamy center.
What should I serve with this salad?
This salad makes a lovely starter, side dish, or light lunch and all you need is a loaf of crusty bread for sopping up peach juices and bits of creamy cheese.
What can I substitute for burrata?
If you’ve never experienced the incredible cheese that is burrata, we’d urge you to find some as quickly as possible. We have, on more than one occasion, heard the scent released when cutting into a round of burrata as the “breath of angels”. We kid you not. It’s that good.
It’s basically mozzarella that’s been seriously upgraded, that’s all. So a fresh (or young) mozzarella will work, as will bocconcini. You won’t get the creamy interior that makes burrata so appealing but you’ll still get the creamy and milky exterior.
Peach, Burrata, and Basil Salad
- 7 ounces (1 or 2) ripe peaches
- 2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 6 to 8 basil leaves torn if large
- 4 ounces burrata
- Halve the peach(es) and remove the pit. Cut the peach into bite-size chunks or slices.
- Place the peaches in a bowl, drizzle with the oil, and season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Stir in the basil.
- Using your fingers, gently pull or tease the burrata into large pieces and arrange them on plates or a platter. Top with the peach mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
This peach, burrata, and basil salad is perfection on a plate. I will confess that I’m familiar with the peach-burrata-basil combination and already knew that I loved it. The game changer here is letting it sit for 10 minutes. It’s magic what happens in that time and takes it from being good to great!
Number of servings depends if it’s for lunch, where it might only be 2 servings, or if it’s an appetizer, where it could be up to 4.
This peach, burrata, and basil salad is SO GOOD. These are classic summer flavors—I could eat this peach and basil salad every day when it’s hot!
Play around with the proportions—more peach or more burrata, more basil or more pepper—and find what works best for you. This was plenty for 2 people.
This peach, burrata, and basil salad is a great alternative to the classic tomato and mozzarella summer salad. The end result is only as good as the quality of your burrata and the ripeness of your peaches, so get the best you can find!
The flavors of the peach, the olive oil, the burrata and the basil meld really well in this snap of a recipe.
Peaches on the softer side than what I had available would be optimal because you would get the peach juice mixed into the burrata and the olive oil, too. But even with slightly firmer peaches we really enjoyed this as a side to a dinner of pork chops.
I wanted to get every last drop of the extra olive oil because the burrata oozed into it nicely and was kind of irresistible. A nice crusty bread would do the trick well.
Amazing! This peach version of Caprese salad is so good. Make sure you have the best of each ingredient called for because there are so few ingredients that they each must really shine.
What a great twist on the usual Caprese salad. Sweet, juicy peach swaps out the tomato and fresh mozzarella is upgraded to creamy, unctuous burrata. Tear over as much basil as you can find, and use a heavy hand on the salt, pepper, and good oil.
If, like me, your peach was on the underripe side, a drizzle of acid can help (I used a teaspoon of balsamic). I can’t wait to make this again when peaches are perfect!
Originally published September 21, 2018