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August 29, 2007

Heirloom Tomato and Herb Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Herb Salad

This morning Alexis and I set out to run some errands and we ended our adventure at My Organic Market. They had the most beautiful local heirloom tomatoes and we just couldn't resist! We got a yellow tomato, a red tomato and a "chocolate" tomato, which in all reality is more purple than brown, but that's what they call it anyway. The tomatoes, coupled with the overflowing herbs from my garden, which are the only thing that has survived the drought, made a delectable, cool, light, fresh lunch. It was just perfect for a warm summer day!

What You'll Need Per Person:
4-6 slices of tomatoes
1-2 tablespoons of chives, chopped
1/4-1/3 cup of parsley leaves
1/4 cup of basil, cut into strips
2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1-2 tablespoons of Parmesan, grated

On an individual plate or a large platter if you're making multiple servings place a layer of tomatoes. You can use all one color or mix and match. I prefer to mix and match as it makes it more colorful, but any tomato works.

Top tomatoes with herbs, drizzle with olive oil, a sprinkle of coarse sea salt (I like Celtic gray salt, but kosher sea salt will work as well), freshly ground black pepper and Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Notes: If you want you could add a little drizzle of vinegar to the salad as well, though I usually don't. This is one of those salads you want to serve immediately. Left overs turn to mush due to the salt. Any fresh herb could be added. You can also take this and layer it into several layers into a pie shell, top with a bit of crumbled goat cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown for an Heirloom Tomato pie.

Posted by Dianne at August 29, 2007 12:11 PM

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The salad looks absolutely fabulous!

Posted by: Kalyn at August 29, 2007 8:29 PM

The tomatoes were just right, perfectly ripe! It made for a very wonderful taste combination with the herbs and cheese.

Posted by: Dianne at August 30, 2007 9:10 AM

Your tomato salad looks great. That is one of my favorite dishes. I have made it several times this summer.

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Posted by: Sharona May at August 30, 2007 6:15 PM

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