Tuna, Burrata and Black Olive Salad #SundaySupper

A simple salad of Tuna, Burrata and Black Olives is packed full of flavor and easy to toss together for a simple lunch or to accompany a bowl of pasta for dinner. 

Tuna, Burrata and Black Olive Salad from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Take a look into your pantry and fridge, now pull out five items and make a meal.  What should be a simple challenge to throw together an easy meal can sometimes be an overwhelming decision.  Why is it that we feel this need to include a million ingredients to make dinner or even breakfast? Certainly some recipes need more than others but for example all a roast chicken needs to make it shine is lemon, an herb, some butter, salt and pepper.  Two of those ingredients don’t even count!  Good thing #SundaySupper challenged us all to make meals utilizing 5 ingredients or less with salt, pepper and oil as freebies – because let’s be honest any meal would be bland without those.

Tuna, Burrata and Black Olive Salad from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

I am most certainly guilty of pulling everything out of my pantry or fridge to make dinner but I blame it on my need to make everything from scratch.

However the one thing I really took away from our trip to Italy was that a good meal doesn’t need a lot of stuff.  Take the dish cacio e pepe, all you need is some spaghetti, cheese, pepper and starchy water from the pasta to make a flavorful, creamy, peppery meal.   The marina sauces aren’t loaded down with garlic and onions, it’s just about the tomatoes in Italy.

When you use the best and freshest ingredients, you don’t need a million things to cover it up.

Tuna, Burrata and Black Olive Salad from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Take this tuna, burrata and black olive salad, I ordered it by accident while out to lunch.  I saw burrata and black olives and didn’t care so much about the third ingredient listed.

Burrata – if you are unfamiliar – is a glorious, creamy, fresh cheese made from the scraps of mozzarella di bufala.  The curds are pulled together to form a pouch, which is then filled with cream and stringy bits of curd.  It has a slight sour taste from the buffalo milk used to make it but that rich creamy center is divine.

Back to the salad, what arrived was tender leaves of lettuce with our burrata, black olives and tuna! Of course I dug in and loved every bite. I was never one to pair tuna with cheese but this combination just works.  The oil packed canned tuna that was used brought so much flavor to such a simple salad that I couldn’t wait to come home and make it again.


Tuna, Burrata and Black Olive Salad #SundaySupper
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  • 1 small head, butter or red leaf lettuce
  • 1 5oz can oil packed tuna
  • 1 small ball burrata cheese
  • 1 can jumbo pitted ripe (black) olives (I prefer the Italian brand Cento)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar


  1. Tear the lettuce leaves and divide it between two salad bowls.
  2. Drain the tuna slightly, with a fork flake it and divide between the two bowls.
  3. Tear the burrata over the bowls into small pieces and top with black olives (you will use about half the can, save the rest for another use).
  4. Drizzle with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  5. Serve immediately with some crusty bread on the side.
Recipe Type: Salad, Seafood

Tuna, Burrata and Black Olive Salad from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

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57 thoughts on “Tuna, Burrata and Black Olive Salad #SundaySupper

  1. Manu

    Ohhhh this salad is so calling my name! You made me miss Italy so bad… 🙁 I wish I could find burrata more easily here! Divine dish!

  2. Laura

    I love how travelling can re-inspire your cooking. Every time to go back to Italy I am amazed at how different the Italian is in other areas of the world. True Italian food is very simple and focused of few ingredients. This looks like a lovely salad.

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  5. Katie

    I am so with you! Sometimes you don’t need to fuss with a ton of ingredients for something awesome to happen. Can I just say: burrata = one of my obsessions!

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  9. Courtney @ Neighborfood

    It is crazy how sometimes cooking with less ingredients seems so much harder than more. I love going back to basics though and just choosing a few really good quality ingredients to make a simple, flavorful meal. You know I’m on my journey to start loving olives, so I’ll have to give this one a try!

  10. Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

    I’ve never tried bur rata so will have to give it a try. We often do dinners like that, pulling things out of the cupboard and coming up with something really great that we don’t regularly do. It’s the moment of inspiration.

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  16. Shaina

    Some of the most classic and iconic dishes have such minimal ingredients and taste amazing…case in point, cacio el pepe like you mentioned, and this dish. Burrata alone would make me happy!

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  18. Dionne Baldwin

    I am very curious about that burrata! I would love to try it and see how it pairs with the olives and tuna.

    Simple meals with a few ingredients usually end up being my favorites.

  19. Soni

    Ooh I love the combo here of Tuna with the olives and burrata!!Such simple flavors and it seems perfectly light for this time of the year!Cannot wait to try 🙂

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  21. Renee

    Just a bowl full of deliciousness! I’ve always been a fan of the combo of tuna and olives and now you have inspired me to add cheese too.

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