Heirloom Tomato Salad

by Kimberly Hickok

There’s nothing like a fresh tomato and this time of year they’re in abundance. This year I grew a variety of tomatoes. In addition to Roma and Jet Star I grew a few heirloom varieties – Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra and Brandywine.

Black Krim and Green Zebra

To me the secret to making a fresh tomato salad is to 1) use a variety of tomatoes and 2) salt and pepper the tomatoes  for a good 10-15 minutes before putting the salad together.

The other elements of the salad are cheese, fresh herbs and the vinaigrette of your choice. Here’s the basic recipe – feel free to adapt based on what’s in your fridge.

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A fun, simple, easy, and very adaptable recipe for Heirloom Tomatoes.
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 - 3 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 8 - 12 ounces cheese (fresh mozzarella, feta - even a mound of ricotta is fine)
  • Olive oil
  • Vinegar (balsamic or red wine)
  • A little heat (red pepper flakes, jalapeno - whatever you like)
  • Garlic
  • Fresh herbs (oregano, basil, chives)
  1. To make the salad interesting, cut the smaller tomatoes into quarters and slice the larger tomatoes. Place in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. In the meantime, combine one part vinegar with three parts olive oil (for example - ¼ cup vinegar to ¾ olive oil), minced garlic, and some heat. I have lots of jalapenos so I cut one up and add it to the dressing.
  2. To serve, spoon the tomatoes onto a platter, add cheese, drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with the herb of your choice (my preference is fresh oregano).



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Kathy August 26, 2010 - 3:12 pm

Hi Kim,
I was wondering what I’m going to do with all of the tomatoes (some heirloom/some not) I’ve grown this summer. This recipe sounds delicious. I hope you stop by my blog and consider becoming a follower. I’m definitely a new follower of yours!

Kim August 26, 2010 - 4:04 pm

You’ll have to post on your blog how you made this recipe your own. I like your plan to use your fresh veggies – good luck!

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