Saturday, September 11, 2010

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ok, how many of you have paid $10-$15 for a so so "heirloom tomato salad"? I know I have on a number of occasions because apparently I'm a sucker for that kinda thing.

Anyhow, the day before yesterday I was starving and I had a ton of heirloom tomatoes from one of my CSA boxes (last week I experimented with getting not one, but two!! different CSA boxes in the same week).

An heirloom tomato salad is pretty much one of the tastiest, prettiest and easiest salads you can make. Here's how I made mine:

I sliced 3 different tomatoes, about 3 thin slices of each (I saved the rest for another salad later on). I placed them on the plate, then I sliced several thin slices of fresh mozzarella cheese and placed those on the plate. Took about 8-10 smaller basil leaves and sliced thinly. I tossed those on, then sprinkled salt, pepper and a tiny bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I had some fairly tasteless but quite spicy radishes I got in my CSA box as well, I'd planned to microplane one on top just to give the salad a little kick, but I'd eaten the whole salad before I noticed the lone radish sitting on my counter, forgotten. So, that's an extra idea for you!


  1. Look gorgeous and I'm sure it was tasty! I leave the balsamic out when I make mine, use more oil than you probably do -- you can be Julia and I'll be Jacque!

  2. I love my vinegar! I really only used a smattering of oil and vinegar on this salad, the basil was from my CSA and super, super fragrant and flavorful. The tomatoes were also very flavorful and I really didn't need to add too much else!

  3. There's nothing better- I just wish the season wasn't so short.