I walked into Whole Foods this week and could not help but notice the beautiful selection of heirloom tomatoes as I entered the produce section. The bright red, yellow, orange, and green fruit looked beautiful so I picked up a pound to bring home with me. When heirlooms are in season, I love making this Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Cheese Salad. The recipe originated in Epicurious. I have tweaked it a bit over the years and reduced the portion size since I normally make it for 2-4 people. The recipe may seem a bit simple, but trust it…it will come out delicious!
Assorted Heirloom tomatoes (About 1 – 1 1/2 lbs)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4-5 ounces of burrata cheese
Cut tomatoes into 1 inch wedges and place into large bowl. Add oregano, basil, and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let stand for an hour.
Scoop and place buratta cheese in the center of a plate (or scoop into four smaller circles for individual platings); fan the tomatoes around the cheese. Drizzle with dressing from bowl. Finish with a very light drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Pair with a dry, sparkling wine or Vermentino.