Food & Drink

Benny Blanco’s burrata and caprese salad recipe

Get ready for summer with this fresh vegetarian salad.

Burrata caprese salad from Open Wide
Burrata caprese salad from Open Wide Burrata caprese salad from Open Wide

“If you don’t feel like roasting your own peppers, buy the best jarred peppers you can and you’ll be able to make this salad in two seconds,” says songwriter Benny Blanco of his caprese salad recipe.

“Be sure to add the truffle oil. I promise you it’s worth it. It’s the best dressing I’ve ever had in my life. You’ll want to lick the platter when the salad is gone.”

Caprese with roasted pepper and burrata


(Serves 8)

2 red or orange bell peppers, seeded and halved

Olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2tsps Dijon mustard

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1tsp honey

2tbsp mayonnaise

½tsp truffle oil

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

2 (6- to 8-ounce) balls burrata or fresh mozzarella, torn

Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Burrata caprese salad from Open Wide
Burrata caprese salad from Open Wide (Johnny Miller/PA)


1. Preheat your broiler with the rack in the upper third of the oven. Place the peppers, skin side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with a bit of oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil until well charred. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic. Let steam for about 10 to 20 minutes until softened and cool enough to handle. Discard the skin by rubbing it with a paper towel. You don’t have to remove the skin, but it feels a little bit better to eat if you do. Slice into strips and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine the Dijon, balsamic, honey, mayo, and truffle oil. Whisk until well combined. Spread on the bottom of a plate or platter.

3. Build the salad on top of the dressing, sprinkling the peppers and tomatoes to fill the plate. Nestle the torn burrata into the veggies. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with basil leaves.

Open Wide: A Cookbook For Friends by Benny Blanco is published by Dey Street Books, priced £25. Photography by Johnny Miller. Available now.