Crispy Caprese Salad
A modern (and crispy!) riff on a classic Italian Caprese salad, this recipe highlights heirloom tomatoes and melty, gooey burrata cheese. Delicious!
Caprese salad is a staple dish at any Italian feast, and for good reason! It is a perfect combination of salty, creamy, sweet and herbaceous flavours. This recipe is a modern and fun twist on the classic, featuring everything that makes a Caprese salad delicious – but even tastier!
Needing under 10 ingredients and coming together in under 30 minutes, this is an almost effortless dish to make.
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Ingredients for a crispy Caprese salad
Deliciously creamy and light at the same time, burrata is a cut above the typical mozzarella. Burrata comprises both mozzarella cheese and cream and is the star of any great Caprese salad. We coat the burrata in panko breadcrumbs and fry it briefly – just enough to crisp the outside and render the inside melty and oozy.
Any tomatoes will work, so use your favourite! Here, we’ve used a mix of colourful heirloom tomatoes for visual interest and yummy flavour.
Fresh basil leaves are an indispensable component in our salad. Basil adds herbaceousness and freshness, transforming a plate of tomatoes and cheese into a Caprese salad.
A good glug of flavourful extra virgin olive oil is the way to add Italian flavour to this salad. We use olive oil here in the tangy tomato dressing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Caprese salad?
Caprese or insalata Caprese is an Italian salad comprising tomatoes, mozzarella or burrata and basil leaves. It coincidentally (or not so coincidentally) perfectly represents the colours of the Italian flag through the colours of its ingredients (red, white and green). Traditionally, a Caprese is served drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.
Can I make this salad ahead of time?
This salad should ideally be made and served shortly thereafter. Tomatoes don’t refrigerate too well and will lose their crisp texture over time. For the best flavour and authentic presentation, serve at room temperature with the hot and melty burrata in the middle.