If you haven't heard of burrata before, it's fresh mozzarella cheese stuffed with cream and mozzarella curds and then rolled into a ball. Burrata is low-carb and high in fat, which makes it perfect for dieting. Serve burrata alone or in a salad. It's often paired with tomatoes, basil, prosciutto, figs, asparagus, and arugula.

Burrata-curious? Here five burrata dishes that won't wreck your diet.

1. Green Tomatoes with Burrata and Herbs

This recipe combines unripe green tomatoes with an herbal juice and burratas for a refreshingly light meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 romaine lettuce heart, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 Persian cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup kale leaves, torn
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt
  • 1 slice of bread, torn in pieces
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 unripe green tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 pound burrata, torn in pieces
  • 1 bunch of scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves

Directions

Herbal juice

  • Combine romaine, cucumber, kale, and cilantro in a blender
  • Add 1/4 cup water
  • Blend until smooth
  • Strain through a fine-mesh sieve until you have half a cup
  • Stir in the lime juice
  • Season with spices of your choosing

Main dish

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Toss tomatoes and bread with two tablespoons oil
  • Season with kosher salt
  • Bake
  • Flip the bread halfway through baking until and allow to beome golden brown and crisp
  • Allow bread to cool
  • Crush bread into smaller pieces
  • Prepare a grill for medium-high heat
  • Brush tomatoes on both sides with olive oil
  • Grill tomatoes until they are softened and lightly charred
  • Drizzle with vinegar, green juice, and one tablespoon oil
  • Season tomatoes and top with burrata
  • Combine scallions, jalapeno, almonds, breadcrumbs, green juice, cilantro, and oil in a medium bowl
  • Season scallion mixture with salt and pepper
  • Scatter scallion mixture evenly over the tomatoes and burrata
  • Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt

2. Radish Burrata Salad

This tasty, diet-friendly recipe features spicy, vibrant watermelon radishes, arugula, and savory herbs.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound burrata
  • 3 watermelon radishes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bag arugula
  • Fresh chives, chopped
  • Fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

  • Combine arugula, radishes, parsley, and chives in a bowl
  • Add lemon juice
  • Season with herbs
  • Tear burrata in pieces
  • Mix burrata with salad
  • Top with lemon zest
  • Serve with additional chives

3. Burrata with Herbs and Cauliflower

This healthy, low-carb dish consists of burrata and cauliflower with fresh herbs.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup barley
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery hearts, chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 pound fresh burrata, torn in pieces
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraîche
  • Black pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Boil barley in a large pot for 20 minutes
  • Drain barley
  • Spread barley on a rimmed baking sheet
  • Allow barley to cool
  • Toss bread crumbs with 1 tablespoon oil on another baking sheet
  • Season bread crumbs with salt
  • Bake bread crumbs for 15 minutes
  • Allow bread crumbs to cool
  • Bring milk to boil a medium saucepan over medium-high heat
  • Add cauliflower
  • Cook cauliflower in the milk
  • Once cauliflower softens, drain it and discard the milk
  • Toss barley, cauliflower, bread crumbs, shallot, celery hearts, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vinegar in a bowl and season
  • Mix burrata and crème fraîche in a medium bowl
  • Season with salt
  • Combine mixture with the other ingredients
  • Serve

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4. Burrata Snap Pea Salad

This healthy salad is prepared with black mint, which gives the dish an exotic flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 16 ounces burrata

Directions

  • Cut pea pods in half lengthwise
  • Combine peas, arugula, ¼ cup basil, and 1/4 cup mint in a large bowl
  • Add lemon juice and oil
  • Toss mixture
  • Season salad with salt and additional lemon juice
  • Slice two balls of burrata
  • Arrange slices on a platter
  • Top slices with salad
  • Add remaining basil and mint

5. Burrata, Roasted Tomato, and Asparagus Salad

This low-carb salad is filled with fiber and vitamins. You can adjust the ingredients list to your liking, so measurements aren’t exact.

Ingredients

  • Burrata
  • Asparagus spears
  • One tomato, sliced
  • Prosciutto
  • Arugula lettuce
  • Fresh basil
  • Loaf of French bread, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Seasoning

Directions

  • Drain burrata
  • Arrange tomato slices and asparagus spears on a baking sheet
  • Drizzle slices and spears with extra virgin olive oil
  • Sprinkle slices and spears with salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Broil until asparagus becomes soft and tomatoes turn brown (about 5 minutes)
  • Drizzle French bread slices with olive oil
  • Toast in oven
  • Tear French bread slices and burrata into pieces
  • Layer in a bowl with the tomato, prosciutto, arugula, and basil leaves
  • Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
  • Season with salt and pepper

References

  1. "10 Amazing Ways To Eat Your Burrata," Epicurious, August 20, 2014.
  2. "12 Delicious Burrata Recipes to Make This Summer," A Beautiful Plate, July 7, 2015.
  3. "Burrata Recipes," Food & Wine, May 1, 2017
  4. "Consider This Permission to Eat Burrata for Dinner," New York Times, August 19, 2016.

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