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Burrata Salad With Grilled Apricots

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5 from 3 votes

Please let me introduce you to creamy burrata cheese, grilled apricots, and savory Serrano ham over a bed of swiss chard and tossed in a homemade citrus vinaigrette. This burrata salad is the best kind of summery salad!

Are you looking for different, refreshing ways to mix up your summer salads? There’s no better way to pair burrata than with fruit! For this burrata salad, the sweet-tart of the grilled apricots help cut the richness and creaminess of the burrata, serving up the best sweet, yet savory side dish or appetizer. Add in smoky, salty Serrano ham, and a homemade citrusy vinaigrette, served over a bed of swiss chard; this salad is anything but ordinary! 

Looking for another refreshing way to serve burrata? Check out my Burrata Salad with peaches!

Why You’ll Love This Burrata Salad Recipe

  • Who doesn’t love burrata? Burrata is literally a two in one cheese – need I see more? The creamy interior paired with a fresh mozzarella exterior is hard to beat! It goes with both sweet flavor pairings or savory. 
  • Versatile. Like many other summery salads, burrata salad is as flexible as you want it to be! Check out my section below about possible recipe variations. 
  • Beautiful. The perfect summer centerpiece, this burrata salad is so beautiful, it will make your table look like a magazine shoot!

What Is Burrata?

At first glance, you may even mistake burrata as fresh mozzarella! This is because it comes in the form of a ball just like fresh mozzarella. In fact, the delicate outer shell of burrata is made from fresh mozzarella cheese, whereas the interior is filled with fresh cream! The fresh cream interior adds a level of richness that is such a treat. Plus, the overall flavor of burrata is fairly mild and milky, making it a great pairing for both sweet and savory flavors. You’ll find it in most grocery stores in the cheese section.

Burrata Salad Ingredients

  • Apricots – apricots have a sweet, slightly tart flavor and are known for their juicy flesh. They are typically in season during late spring and early summer.
  • Burrata – burrata has a mild and milky flavor, with a creamy interior and an outer layer made from fresh mozzarella.
  • Serrano (jambon) ham – Serrano ham is a type of Spanish dry-cured ham that is rich and savory in flavor with a slightly sweet undertone. Jambon or French ham, is delicate and has a slightly salty taste. Both are perfect for slicing and delicious for this recipe. If you can’t find it, use prosciutto!
  • Swiss chard – swiss chard has large, dark green leaves that are mild and slightly earthy in flavor. The leaves are tender while the stems have a satisfying crunchy texture. The stems can be green, red or rainbow!
  • Apricot preserves – apricot preserves have a sweet and tangy flavor from the natural taste of ripe apricots plus the added level of sweetness from the sugar that is traditionally used in preserves and jellies. 
  • Orange juice – orange juice is naturally sweet and citrusy, adding an additional pop of freshness to the dish. Fresh squeezed is always the best!
  • White balsamic – white balsamic has a less intense flavor compared to traditional balsamic vinegar.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – extra virgin olive oil is used to help grill the apricots in addition to serving as the base of the dressing. 
  • Balsamic glaze – balsamic glaze is rich, sweet and tangy.

How To Make Burrata Salad

Learn how to make burrata salad with grilled apricots! Full instructions in the recipe card; this is an outline!

  1. Grill.

    Brush apricots with olive oil and then grill the apricots for about 2-3 minutes each side. Look for nice grill marks! Let cool.

  2. Whisk.

    Whisk the apricot preserves, orange juice, white balsamic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper together in a bowl.

  3. Toss.

    In a separate bowl, toss swiss chard, grilled apricots and vinaigrette. Set aside any leftover vinaigrette on the bottom of the bowl.

  4. Add.

    Add swiss chard and apricots to a medium cutting board or serving platter.

  5. Separate.

    Pull apart burrata in large chunks and place throughout the board.

  6. Pull apart.

    Pull apart large pieces of Serrano ham and place throughout the board.

  7. Drizzle.

    Drizzle leftover vinaigrette over top of the board.

  8. Finish.

    Finish with balsamic glaze.

Recipe Variations

  • Burrata Salad with peaches: place the creamy burrata cheese on a bed of arugula, topped with grilled peaches, rustic croutons, pistachios, fresh basil and a homemade raspberry vinaigrette… YUM!
  • Caprese burrata salad: combine burrata with ripe tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a classic caprese flavor. 
  • Strawberry and spinach burrata salad: pair burrata with fresh strawberries, baby spinach, and toasted pine nuts with your choice of balsamic vinaigrette. 
  • Fig and prosciutto burrata salad: create a sweet and savory burrata salad by mixing with ripe figs, prosciutto slices and arugula drizzled with a balsamic glaze or honey.

What To Serve With Burrata Salad

This burrata salad is one of my summer go-tos! Here are a few of my favorite ways to serve:

  • With crostini or bread: set it out at your next summer outdoor picnic with crispy Homemade Crostini or Homemade Baguette
  • With other Italian appetizers: serve with arancini, bruschetta, or other appetizers like Bagna Cauda or a Tonnato Sauce spread.
  • Before an Italian main dish: serve the burrata salad as an appetizer or side to Italian Chicken Pesto Pasta or Chicken Saltimbocca.

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Burrata Salad With Grilled Apricots

Please let me introduce you to creamy burrata cheese, grilled apricots, and savory Serrano ham over a bed of swiss chard and tossed in a homemade citrus vinaigrette. This burrata salad is the best kind of summery salad!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: spring, summer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 336kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 relatively firm apricots halved and pits removed
  • 8 ounces burrata
  • ¼ pound sliced Serrano (jambon) ham or prosciutto if preferred
  • Small bunch swiss chard roughly chopped (3 large leaves + stems left on)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon apricot preserves/jelly
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Balsamic glaze to finish

Instructions

  • Brush apricots with olive oil, and grill apricots on both sides for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until nice grill marks are achieved. Let apricots cool.
  • Whisk together apricot preserves, orange juice, white balsamic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl, gently toss swiss chard, grilled apricots and vinaigrette. Set aside any leftover vinaigrette on the bottom of the bowl.
  • On a medium cutting board or serving platter, add dressed swiss chard and apricots.
  • Pull apart burrata into large chunks and place pieces throughout the board.
  • Pull apart large pieces of Serrano ham and scatter throughout the board.
  • Drizzle any leftover vinaigrette on top of the board.
  • Finish with balsamic glaze.

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Notes

  • Let burrata rest at room temperature for 30 minutes if time allows.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 930IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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