Heirloom Tomato Salad With Goat Cheese Crumbles


I debated whether to add this into my recipe collection as it is so simple that it is difficult to describe it as a recipe. This is another dish that typifies what Italian cuisine is all about as it is very simple with just a few ingredients, but every ingredient needs to be the best. I normally do not buy heirloom tomatoes as they are too expensive when local grown tomatoes are readily available and much more affordable, but I was shopping in Whole Foods and spotted a clerk stocking a counter with gorgeous big heirloom tomatoes of every color. I could not resist buying a couple of these wonderful tomatoes for lunch and used them to make this attractive salad.

When you have really flavorful, ripe tomatoes, you do not need a lot of extra ingredients, but the addition of a few well chosen items will turn these tomatoes into a salad that is memorable. I simply sliced the tomatoes and placed them on some baby mixed greens, and added some thinly sliced red onions. To dress this salad I used my special extra virgin olive oil, a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar, cracked black pepper and coarse sea salt. To serve I tear some fresh herbs on top of the tomatoes as well as some crumbled goat cheese. Delicious!

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2011

Heirloom Tomato Salad With Goat Cheese Crumbles

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This is an easy recipe, but for best results use fresh, ripe, tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • 1 Small Red Onion, Peeled And Thinly Sliced
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Fresh Herbs Of Choice (Parsley & Basil Work Well)
  • Small Log Of Goat Cheese

Instructions

  1. Place a handful of the mixed greens on four separate plates.
  2. Slice the tomatoes, and divide them between the four plates arranging them attractively on the greens with the sliced onions.
  3. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar on top of the tomatoes and then sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper.
  4. Tear the fresh herbs into small pieces and scatter over the tomatoes.
  5. Crumble some goat cheese onto each plate and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 196mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 6g Protein: 5g