Simply Sliced Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Basil Salad
Serves: 6 to 8
Don’t you just love summer around here? That big yellow orb makes its appearance and the fields simply explode with bounty. And of course what would summer be without fat, juicy heirloom tomatoes in all of their misshapen individuality and exquisite old-fashioned flavor? Here is one of the simplest ways to enjoy them!
- 6 to 8 medium or large heirloom tomatoes, in any variety, stem ends removed and cut into 1/4-inch slices Add to list
- 1 cup cherry or small pear tomatoes, in any variety, stems removed Add to list
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves Add to list
- Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling Add to list
- Salt and freshly ground pepper Add to list
- Fresh herbs for garnish (optional) Add to list
Arrange the tomato slices on a platter, overlapping them in a spiral design. If the cherry or pear tomatoes are on the large size, cut them in half. Scatter over the sliced tomatoes.
If the basil leaves are small, leave them whole, or you may chiffonade them if you like. Scatter these over the tomatoes. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh herbs.
Options for additional color and flavor: A drizzle of balsamic vinegar; pitted olives; toasted pine nuts; capers; your favorite cheese such as blue, chèvre, fresh mozzarella, Pecorino, etc.; or whatever else strikes your fancy!
Recipe by, PCC Chef