Little can compare with an heirloom tomato. Having a salad that features them alone is a well-deserved position of distinction. If heirlooms are not available, another vine-ripened, sun-kissed tomato will work beautifully in this salad.
Heirloom Tomato Salad
3-4 large fresh heirloom tomatoes
2-3 cups of a mixture of greens and herbs, such as:
chopped Italian parsley
chopped chives or spring onions
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 small shallot, minced
1 tablespoon (15 mL) champagne, white wine, or white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon (5 mL) Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons (45 mL) extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Thinly slice tomatoes.
- Combine your choices of greens and herbs in a large bowl.
- Prepare vinaigrette: Combine minced shallot, vinegar, and mustard. Whisk in olive oil. Season to taste.
- Lightly dress the greens/herbs with some of the vinaigrette. Place on a large platter and decoratively arrange tomato slices over top. Drizzle with a little vinaigrette, or serve the vinaigrette on the side.
- Garnish with extra herbs and shaved cheese.