Heirloom and Cherry Tomato Salad

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (1/2-pint) basket assorted cherry tomatoes
  • 2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, different colors and sizes
  • 1 shallot, diced fine
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pepper
  • Green and purple basil leaves, chopped
  • Lemon cucumbers and torpedo onions, optional
Directions
  • Stem the cherry tomatoes and cut them in half. Core the larger tomatoes and cut them into slices or wedges.

  • For the vinaigrette, macerate the shallot in the vinegar with the garlic and a little salt. Whisk in the oil. Taste and adjust the acidity and salt as necessary. Put the tomatoes in a shallow salad bowl or on a platter. Season with salt and pepper, strew on the chopped basil leaves, and carefully dress with the vinaigrette.

  • Thin slices of peeled lemon cucumber and torpedo onion are wonderful additions to the salad.

  • For a more elegant tomato salad, slice perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes and arrange them on a platter. Season with salt and pepper, a splash of good Champagne, and a generous drizzle or extra-virgin olive oil.


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