The sharpness of the peppery arugula pairs perfectly with the creamy burrata cheese and sweet figs. This makes a wonderful spring or summer salad! Use this as a side dish or as the main star of the meal.
Arugula and Burrata Salad Ingredients and Substitutions
Arugula: Nothing beats the pepper baby arugula in this recipe. I sometimes do a mixture of arugula and spinach for the salad greens if I don’t have enough arugula, but I still try to make arugula the main green.
Burrata: Burrata can sometimes be hard to find, but it is so delicious in this salad! Its is a creamy soft cheese that melts in your mouth. If you can’t find it, use a ball of fresh mozzarella instead.
Figs: Fresh figs have a wonderful flavor and they look beautiful in this dish. Try to half or quarter the figs so you can see the beautiful insides of the figs. If you can’t find figs, you could use a few sweet peaches and cut them into slices.
Basil and Fresh Mint: Adding fresh herbs to salad is an easy way to brighten up any salad recipe. The mix of basil and mint is perfect in this recipe. You don’t have to use the full amount of herbs if you don’t have a ton, just use as much as you have. A little bit goes a long way.
Walnuts: You can toast your walnuts or serve them as is. You could also swap them out for pecans or pumpkin seeds if you prefer. I like the roughly chop the nuts before adding them to the salad to make them easier to eat.
Balsamic Dressing: This recipe has a homemade balsamic dressing but you can also use a store bought dressing if that it easier. A balsamic reduction would also make a great dressing to this recipe.
Other additional ingredients you could add are any type of fresh fruit, thinly sliced red onion, some cherry tomatoes, or even a squeeze of fresh lemon juice on top. Feel free to use this recipe as a base and add in your favorite toppings!
Where to Find Burrata Cheese?
Burrata is a soft cheese that is very similar to mozzarella cheese. It has a mild flavor and creamy texture. Depending on where you get the burrata is may look a little different. Most of the time it has a creamy center with soft curds of cheese.
You want to find a good quality creamy burrata cheese, but you probably won’t find fresh burrata cheese at your everyday grocery store. I typically find it at my local farmers market, cheese shop, or an Italian grocer. If you con’t find it, you can use mozzarella instead. You should be able to find a ball of mozzarella at most grocery stores.
Arugula Burrata Salad Dressing
This recipe calls for a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The balsamic pairs really well with the arugula and burrata. You could also use a balsamic glaze or just a regular vinaigrette. This dressing is fairy easy to make but you can substitute it for store bought if you want. Make sure to use a good quality extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
How to Serve a Burrata Salad
You can serve this salad in a large bowl or on a large serving platter. The best way to serve this is to place all the ingredients out over the salad to give a beautiful presentation.
You can serve this as a side dish along side a pasta dish. it would also work great as an addition to a summer pizza party. You could even make this salad the center piece and serve with some soup or bread on the side.
Other Salads You Might Enjoy
- Brussels Spout Salad with Apples and Sweet Potato
- Spinach and Arugula Salad with Apples and Pecans
- Lemon Orzo Broccoli Salad