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Heirloom Tomato Salads

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Heirloom Tomatoes are at their best in late summer. I was able to find some great Heirloom Tomatoes in all colors and sizes. I’ve put together two styles of Heirloom Tomato Salads.

The first one is an Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad combined with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, Kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and *E.V.O.O.

Local Grown Florida Heirloom Tomatoes

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Tarragon

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Sweet Basil (2)

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Red Wine Vinaigrette

The second one is an Heirloom Tomato Salad that doesn’t require anything but a little Kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper, julienned fresh basil leaves, and *E.V.O.O.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes (each salad)
Yields: 4 servings per salad

Ingredients For Red Wine Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of *E.V.O.O.
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

Directions For Dressing:
Place all the above ingredients into an 8-ounce jelly jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well before using. Store at room temperature.

Ingredients For Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad:
2 1/2 pounds of heirloom tomatoes, a combination of slices and wedges
1 cup of fresh basil leaves plus a sprig for garnish
2 tablespoons of fresh tarragon leaves
1 (12-ounce) package of fresh mozzarella, sliced and quartered
1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Sprig of fresh basil for garnish
Sprig of freshy tarragon leaves for garnish

Ingredients For Heirloom Tomato Salad:
2 yellow heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 red heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/2 pint yellow grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 pint red grape tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
6 fresh basil leaves, julienned

To Serve: Arrange the tomatoes on a large serving platter, family-style.

*E.V.O.O. is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Balsamic, Cilantro-Lime, And Lemon Vinaigrettes

 

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A Stocked Pantry has saved me on so many nights. There have been many times where I’ve had to make a meal using just pantry items. A quick Minestrone soup or Farro/Quinoa with dried fruit and nuts for a sweet snack.

I like to keep my favorite jarred tomato sauce on hand when I need a quick and easy pasta with tomato sauce.

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