Stack Salad of Beefsteak Tomatoes, Onions, Roquefort Cheese with Balsamic Syrup Drizzle

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 large beefsteak, Creole, or vine-ripened tomatoes (12 to 14 ounces each), cored
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 thin slices Vidalia or other sweet onion, or 1 large Vidalia (12 to 13 ounces) onion, thinly sliced on a mandoline
  • 4 ounces arugula, tough stems removed
  • 5 ounces well-chilled Roquefort cheese, or other blue-veined cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Syrup, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic Syrup:
  • 1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
Directions

Slice each tomato into 4 thick slices. Season both sides of each slice with the salt and pepper.

Place sliced onions in the center of 4 large salad plates and arrange 4 arugula leaves in a 4-leaf clover shape on top. Place 1 tomato slice on top of each stack. Arrange a heaping tablespoon of crumbled Roquefort on top of the tomato slices. Repeat layering for 3 layers each of the onions, arugula, and tomatoes, ending with the Roquefort on top.

Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the Balsamic Syrup around and over each stack and 1/2 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil on each plate. Garnish with additional freshly ground black pepper, and serve immediately.

Balsamic Syrup:

Bring the vinegar to a boil in a medium heavy saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced by nearly 3/4 in volume and thickened to a syrup, about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely before using. (This keeps in an airtight container in the refrigerator indefinitely.)

Yield: about 1/3 cup


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