Fig, Prosciutto and Burrata Cheese Salad

Fig, Prosciutto and Burrata Cheese Salad

If your taste buds haven’t met the likes of Burrata cheese, then allow me to introduce you to mozzarella’s creamier, tastier counterpart. Burrata cheese is essentially mozzarella cheese that’s been filled with cream. (I’ll give you a moment to take that in…)

The result is the creamiest, softest cheese with a mild flavor that makes it the perfect match for sweet figs and savory prosciutto. Add a little peppery arugula dressed with balsamic and olive oil to the mix and you have my latest summer salad obsession.

But I can’t claim this flavor combination as my own. I first tasted the fig-prosciutto-burrata teamwork in action at Cusp, one of my all-time favorite restaurants in La Jolla, California. Executive chef Donald Lockhart served up this spectacular salad, as well as a sweet-meets-savory dessert featuring figs that were stuffed with blue cheese, sprinkled with sugar, and then torched—a sort of fig brûlée, if you will. So now you have not one but two excuses to start hoarding summer’s peak produce.

Fig, Prosciutto and Burrata Cheese Salad

Burrata Cheese Recipe


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Fig, Prosciutto and Burrata Cheese Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 2 min


1/4 cup store-bought fig compote or jam (See Kelly's Notes)
8 slices prosciutto
4 cups arugula
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
8 ounces Burrata cheese
2 cups quartered fresh figs


Combine the fig compote with 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until warm and thinned slightly.

Place two slices of prosciutto on each of four serving plates.

In a medium bowl, toss the arugula with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, to taste. Divide the dressed arugula among the four plates, placing it atop the prosciutto.

Carefully slice the burrata and divide it among the four plates. Scatter the quartered fresh figs among the plates then drizzle each salad with the warmed compote.

Kelly's Notes:
Fig compote or jam can be found in most grocery stores either near the jams or near the cheese counter. My favorite brand is Dalmatia Fig Spread.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste and inspired by Cusp restaurant in La Jolla, California.


33 Responses to “Fig, Prosciutto and Burrata Cheese Salad”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 14, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Loving the little makeover to your site!! So pretty, Kelly! The colors just POP!

    And so does that salad. Wow. Burrata, figs, Balsamic – this is FAB!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — August 15th, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

      Thanks so much, Averie!

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    Noma — August 14, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Burrata, figs, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar…these are a few of my fav-o-rite things! Looks delicious, Kelly!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 14, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Goodness – you’ve combined all of my favorite things into one gorgeous salad!

  4. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Mmm this is gorgeous! I love burrata cheese so much – I can’t wait to try this!

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    Tieghan — August 14, 2013 at 8:35 am

    So pretty!! I need to try Burrata! I have been seeing so much of it and it looks amazing!! What a gorgeous salad!

  6. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 14, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I am more determined than ever to find some fresh figs. Gorgeous salad, Kelly!

  7. #
    Maria — August 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Gorgeous salad! I can’t get enough burrata.

  8. #
    Julia @ hungryandconfused — August 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Oh wow. I had never heard of burrata cheese before but oh my…I need to get me some of this.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 14, 2013 at 11:04 am

    OK so confession, I’ve never actually had burrata before but I need to change that immediately — if for no other reason, than to get this salad in front of me ASAP!

  10. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — August 14, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Sad truth…I only had burrata for the first time last month. Clearly, I was blown away. Currently getting even more blown away by this beautiful salad!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — August 14th, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

      I’m right there with you, Kelli! The first time I tried Burrata was less than 6 months ago (at Cusp). I can’t believe what I was missing it on for so long!

  11. #
    marcie@flavorthemoments — August 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

    This salad is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to make it! Perfect use for all the wonderful figs around right now.

  12. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — August 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    This salad is almost too pretty to eat! But then that would be a shame.

  13. #
    Happy Valley Chow — August 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Wowzer that is one heck of a salad! Definitely want to give this a try. My love for figs have definitely grown as of late. So delicious :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  14. #
    Aggie — August 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    What a gorgeous salad!! I grew up eating fresh figs off my grandpas tree, love them. I need to get my hands on some of that cheese!

  15. #
    Ana Fernandez — August 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Yum! Looks delish! I think I´m gonna make it at home with some vegan cheese

  16. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Burrata, figs, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar? I’m there! Gorgeous salad, Kelly. I need this salad to start happening now. Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. #
    cassie — August 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Gorgeous, as always, Kelly! I love recipes which are inspired by restaurant favorites!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — August 15th, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

      Thanks, Cassie! So much of my inspiration comes from dining out and trying to recreate recipes at home :)

  18. #
    Kathryn — August 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    This is pretty much my perfect kind of summer salad – such wonderful fresh ingredients.

  19. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — August 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Oh my goodness, what an awesome combination of flavors! This looks like one of the tastiest salads I’ve ever seen – YUM!

  20. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    There is nothing quite like burrata, I love it on this salad!

  21. #
    DessertForTwo — August 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I could eat this every day, all summer long!

  22. #
    Joanne — August 15, 2013 at 8:22 am

    You seriously had me at burrata! Gorgeous.

  23. #
    dixya| food, pleasure, and health — August 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

    burrata is the best cheese out there and pair that with figs- im sure its heavenly.

  24. #
    Rochelle — August 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Oh my gawd! I would dive into that salad face first! It’s gorgeous and figs and cheese (especially a cheese that has cream in it… just wow.) are my new food addiction.

  25. #
    Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts — August 15, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I didn’t have a fresh fig until we joined our second CSA farm share, and the family happened to have a fig tree on their property. Man, what a revelation! I’d already known that fig jam (I like that orange lidded kind best, too–it’s smooth and more spreadable than the red checked lid kind I don’t care for) and prosciutto are a great combination with goat cheese, so now I’ll need to try burrata too.


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    Rachel @ Bakerita — August 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Burrata is my favorite, I’m totally drooling over this salad! Wish I had it right now :D

  27. #
    Kumar's Kitchen — August 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

    fig jam is the real charmer for this refreshingly fruity-cheesy summer salad,we wont mind having this salad everyday…we heart figs :-)

  28. #
    Dan from Platter Talk — August 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you for helping to spread the word on burrata! This looks like an incredible combination, and so beautiful to look at too. Great post!!

  29. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 20, 2013 at 2:19 am

    OMG I seriously cannot wait to try this one Kelly! I love all the ingredients in here and how beautiful this salad is! I cannot get over it and I’m going to pick up some ingredients tomorrow to give this a try! Really beautiful and delicious looking salad!


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