Mary Berry's Burrata with Heritage Tomato Salad and Bloody Mary Dressing

This fresh, Italian-inspired tomato and burrata salad, as seen in Mary Berry's BBC2 series Simple Comforts, makes for a delicious starter or side dish.

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I find this is one of the most popular sharing plates – just break the burrata open and let everyone help themselves. Burrata, which means ‘buttery’ in Italian, is a fresh cheese made from a mix of mozzarella and cream. It’s shaped like a ball and the outside thin shell is buffalo or cow’s milk mozzarella, while the inside contains a soft, doughy, stringy mixture of curd and fresh cream. It’s best served at room temperature.

Serves 6


750g (1¾lb) heritage tomatoes, mixed sizes and colours
1 x 320g (11oz) burrata ball
1 small bunch of basil, leaves torn into pieces
1 celery stick, with leaves
coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the dressing:
75ml (3fl oz) tomato juice
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
Tabasco sauce, to taste
celery salt, to taste


1. Roughly slice the tomatoes into different shapes and sizes.

2. Place the burrata in the centre of a serving dish. Arrange the various tomatoes around the cheese and sprinkle with basil leaves.

3. For the dressing, mix the tomato juice, oil, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar in a jug and season well with Tabasco, celery salt and pepper.

4. To serve, season the tomatoes with coarse sea salt and pepper and pour over a little of the dressing. Serve the rest of the dressing in a jug. Add the celery stick and use it to stir the dressing just before serving with some crusty bread.

Prepare Ahead: Assemble the salad up to 2 hours ahead and dress just before serving. The dressing can be made up to a day ahead.

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