This Arugula Burrata Salad is the ideal quick and effortless dish where every bite is a symphony of flavors and textures. This salad is crafted with vibrant ingredients like peppery arugula, sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy red onions, and toasty walnuts, all enveloped by a tangy balsamic dressing. The star of the show? Creamy, dreamy burrata adds a luscious and indulgent touch to this simple yet sophisticated salad.
For a salad that is a celebration of fresh and vibrant ingredients with just the right hint of indulgence, don’t miss this Arugula Burrata Salad.
It is the perfect salad for a special occasion but easy enough to make on a weeknight. Follow along, and I’ll show you how.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Baby Arugula - If you do not like its distinctive peppery bite, substitute it with baby spinach or mixed salad greens.
- Cherry or Grape Tomatoes - If you're looking for a twist, why not try sun-dried tomatoes or even heirloom tomatoes?
- Red Onion - If raw onion isn’t for you, you can omit it. Alternatively, soak the sliced onions in ice water for about 15 minutes to help mellow the flavor.
- Walnuts - Try substituting with almonds, pecans, or even pine nuts!
- Balsamic Vinaigrette - If balsamic vinegar isn't your favorite, swap it out with a lemon vinaigrette or a light Italian dressing.
- Burrata - Fresh burrata cheese is the star of this burrata salad with arugula. Fresh mozzarella or ricotta cheese can make a good substitute if you can't find burrata.
- Fresh Basil Leaves - Fresh mint leaves or parsley can do the trick if you don't have basil on hand.
Step by Step
First, gather your fresh arugula, juicy tomatoes, crunchy onion, and walnuts in a large bowl.
Next, add that tangy balsamic vinaigrette. I recommend using my homemade balsamic vinaigrette, but if you have a brand of purchased dressing you love, you can use that.
Drizzle it over the salad and give everything a good toss to ensure all the ingredients are beautifully coated.
Finally, crown your salad with creamy burrata cheese and sprinkle some fresh basil on top. Finish with fresh cracked black pepper and flakey salt.
Tips and Tricks
- Dress it Up: When it comes to dressing, less is more. Start with a small amount of balsamic vinaigrette and add more to taste. You want to complement the flavors, not overpower them.
- Toast those Walnuts: Toasting walnuts enhances their flavor and adds a delightful crunch to your salad. You can easily do this in a dry skillet over medium heat, just watch them closely to avoid burning.
- Serving Immediately: To enjoy the best texture and flavor, serve the salad immediately after dressing. If you're preparing ahead, simply add the dressing and burrata just before serving.
- Make it Your Own: This is your salad, so feel free to customize it! Add some grilled chicken for protein, swap out the walnuts for almonds, or throw in some olives for an extra punch of flavor. When in season, I like to add stone fruits like nectarines or peaches to this salad.
What is the difference between mozzarella and burrata?
Mozzarella is a semi-soft, mild cheese made from cow's milk. It has a smooth texture and can be easily sliced.
I like to think of burrata as mozzarella’s cream-filled sister. The word ‘burrata’ means ‘buttered’, and that describes it perfectly. It is a soft cheese that consists of an outer shell of mozzarella filled with cream and curd pieces. It has a richer, creamier texture and adds a decadent flair to salads, pasta, and more.
How long is burrata good for?
Burrata should be consumed within 1-2 days after purchase.
It is a fresh cheese and does not have a long shelf life like aged cheeses do. After opening, it's best to consume within 24 hours for optimal freshness.
Storing Arugula Burrata Salad
This salad is best enjoyed immediately after dressing and assembling. However, if you have leftovers, store them separately in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days.
When ready to eat, simply assemble and add fresh dressing and burrata before serving. Do not store dressed burrata and arugula salad for more than an hour, as it can become soggy.
More Salad Recipes to Try
- Broccoli Cauliflower Salad: This is a crunchy delight, packed with fresh veggies and a creamy dressing that makes eating greens feel like a treat. Cranberry Chicken Salad: Say hello to a sweet and savory combo that'll leave your taste buds dancing—the tart cranberries and tender chicken are a match made in heaven.
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad: Transport yourself to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean with this salad—it's brimming with wholesome quinoa, tangy feta, and a medley of colorful veggies.
- Thai Chicken Salad: Add a bit of spice to your life with this exotic salad—its vibrant flavors, courtesy of juicy chicken, crisp veggies, and a zingy dressing, will whisk you away to Thailand.
10-Minute Arugula Burrata Salad
- In a large bowl, combine the arugula, tomatoes, onion, and walnuts.
- Add the balsamic vinaigrette, and toss to coat.
- Top with burrata and fresh basil and serve immediately.