Simple Roasted Tomato Caprese. This roasted tomato Caprese salad is a delicious twist on the traditional recipe. Caprese salads are the perfect light lunches and appetizers. This salad recipe is super simple and calls for just a few basic ingredients: tomatoes, burrata cheese, olive oil, and herbs. This salad is served hot featuring lightly melted cheese over roasted tomatoes. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar or glaze on top for some added tartness and color.
Tomatoes are the base of this recipe but unfortunately are not in season so their sweet flavors are not at their peak. Thus it is best to roast your tomatoes to enhance their flavor. I used cherry tomatoes for this recipe because I find that they roast more evenly. Heirloom tomatoes, especially the multicolored varieties, also taste fantastic in this salad and look very aesthetically pleasing when plated.
Moire's Life Olive Oil
I used Moires PDO Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil for this recipe and highly recommend it. They have a protected designation of origin (PDO) distinction. Olive oils with this distinction are 100% authentic and top quality imported from Kalamata, Greece. This particular brand uses Koroneiki olives, which have an earthy and fruity flavor. It is very light, which is ideal for salad dressings. If you live on the East Coast, you can find it in stock at Whole Foods, if not, they ship. You should give them a try, I promise you will not feel disappointed.
Baking The Simple Roasted Tomato Caprese
Slice your tomatoes in half and drizzle with Moire's extra virgin olive oil. Add some fresh garlic, oregano, pepper, and thyme to your tomatoes. Fresh herbs are recommended but dried seasoning blends work for this recipe as well. Sprinkle with salt and roast in the oven for about twenty minutes.
The Finished Simple Roasted Tomato Caprese
Top your finished roasted tomatoes with some thinly sliced fresh basil leaves and a bit more EVOO.
This easy vegetarian dish is great to serve as an appetizer at your next gathering or date night alongside some crusty artisan bread. The texture of the dish is very creamy which makes for a delightful spread. I used toasted sliced french bread for this recipe. A possible variation would be to add this as a topping to garlic bread. I adore garlic bread and it can be whipped up in a matter of minutes using the same ingredients. Both of these dishes are fun to assemble and great to make with family or friends. This salad tastes best when served fresh to preserve the cheese.
Drink Options. I love a tart lemonade or lemonade variation with dishes like this. If you are into that also, check out these options:
- How about a Classic Lemonade?
- Blueberry lemonade is also a fun variation!
- Cherry Limeade is also so tasty!!
Roasted Tomato Caprese
- 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 4 burrata
- 4-8 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
- olive oil I recommend Moire's for the quality and flavor
- fresh oregano
- fresh basil
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cherry tomatoes, smashed garlic, 2 stems of oregano on a baking sheet. Drizzle generously with olive oil. Mix carefully to coat. Place in oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Add your burrata for the last 5 to soften and melt slightly. Remove from oven. Drizzle with a touch more olive oil. Serve immediately with your favorite crusty bread or crackers. Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it.
No! use whatever tomato you prefer. I just love the roasted flavor of cherry tomatoes.
You certainly can. I love burrata, especially melted. Fresh mozzarella is also a really great option.
Well... it can. I do think it is better right out of the oven. If you have to, go ahead and roast the tomatoes. Then before serving, heat it in the oven on 400 degrees with the burrata for about 5 minutes.