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Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 4
Heirloom varieties are fruits and vegetables that were once cultivated but fell out of favor with large-scale growers because the produce neither shipped nor stored well. Many of them have superior flavor, however, and small-scale farmers have reintroduced the best varieties to farmers markets and greengrocers. Available in a wealth of sizes, flavors and colors, including yellow, orange and zebra striped, heirloom tomatoes are one of the glories of summer. Vendors at farmers markets will often offer you a taste of each type before you make a choice.

Ingredients:

  • 6 to 8 very ripe heirloom tomatoes, in a variety
      of sizes, shapes and colors
  • 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 tsp. sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 green onions, 1⁄4 red onion or 1 shallot,
      chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh oregano, or to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar, to taste
  • Sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar, to taste
  • 3 to 5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse country bread for serving

Directions:

Slice the tomatoes, capturing their juices in a bowl. Layer the tomatoes on a platter, sprinkling them with the sugar, salt, green onions, garlic, oregano and the captured juices as you arrange them.

Finish with a sprinkling each of balsamic vinegar and sherry vinegar, then drizzle with the olive oil. Let stand until ready to serve, or for up to 2 hours. Accompany with the bread for sopping up the juices. Serves 4.

Variations: Other summery fresh herbs can be used in place of the oregano: 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme or rosemary, 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, or 2 to 3 Tbs. chopped fresh basil.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Vegetable, by Marlena Spieler (Simon & Schuster, 2002).
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing summer salad I tried this recipe in using heirloom tomatoes that I had grown in the back yard. It was tasty and refreshing. On the contrary to one of the previous reviews, I found the addition of a little bit of sugar to be helpful in enhancing the flavor of the tomatoes and making the taste of vinegar a bit milder. It is only 1/4 to 1/2 tea spoon and it does not make the whole salad sweet.
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Summer Salad I have made this salad several times this summer and everyone loves it. I use a really good balsamic vinegar and olive oil, that is the key. Use very little sugar, it gives the salad a nice and needed touch, the key is to use very little. Make it at least two hours ahead so flavors can mix.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Leave out the sugar Why anyone with a palate add sugar to any non-dessert dish? It obscures subtle flavors of the heirloom tomatoes, and after all, isn't taste the point of using heirloom tomatoes? Try the recipe without the sugar first.
Date published: 2013-08-11
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