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Sheldon's Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese & Basil Oil

Chef: Caston Richards
Course Appetizer, Salad
Wine Pairing 2014 Merlot, Merlot
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 lb of ripe heirloom tomatoes
  • 8 oz of burrata cheese typically 1-2 balls
  • 1 oz of fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp of good extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp + a splash of white wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 8 oz of baby arugula
  • Notes: The key to this salad is quality of ingredients. Fresh basil. Picked ripe tomatoes. Great burrata cheese!



  • Add basil, extra virgin olive oil, and ½ tsp of white wine vinegar to a food processor. Blitz until the basil is well incorporated into the oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • Cut tomatoes into a mixture of slices and large chunks.
  • Create a thin bed of sliced tomatoes. Lightly season with salt, pepper, and basil oil.
  • Score burrata in an X on the top, cutting about halfway through. Place the ball(s) on the bed of tomatoes.
  • Scatter chunks of tomato around the burrata. Season burrata and tomato chunks with salt, pepper, and basil oil.
  • Add your arugula to a mixing bowl. Drizzly a small amount of olive oil and a splash of white wine vinegar. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Hand mix and disperse over tomatoes.
  • Serve family style!

Wine Pairings

2014 Merlot