Summer Tomato Salad with Ricotta Salata and Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4
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2 pounds ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick

2 cups fennel, julienned

Creamy garlic dressing, recipe follows

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons minced chives

1/4 cup fresh chervil leaves

4 basil leaves, chiffonade

4 ounces ricotta salata cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup nicoise olives, pitted

Creamy Garlic Dressing:

2 tablespoons prepared mayonnaise

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 cloves garlic, smashed

1 cup olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Arrange tomatoes on a platter. Toss fennel in a bowl with a few tablespoons of the creamy garlic dressing and season with salt and pepper. Mound the fennel in the middle of the platter on top of the tomatoes. Sprinkle with the herbs, cheese and olives and drizzle with some more of the creamy garlic dressing. 

Creamy Garlic Dressing:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard and garlic in a blender and blend until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil until emulsified and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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