heirloom tomato salad

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad with Grilled Bread

This is a great simple summer salad. Originally from the island of Capri, it is no coincidence the sliced tomato, mozzarella and basil look like the Italian flag when arranged on a platter. While it is quick and easy to assemble, use the highest quality ingredients to up the flavors. Use fresh, ripe heirloom tomatoes, good-quality extra-virgin olive oil and aged balsamic if possible. While classic caprese salads use beefsteak tomatoes, I like to step it up a notch and use juicy, heirloom tomatoes. With their superior flavor, heirloom tomatoes come from seeds passed down and are typically at least 50 years old.

 

Ingredients:

2 large heirloom tomatoes

1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

6 ounces fresh mozzarella 

10 leaves fresh basil

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt, to taste 

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Slices of grilled French bread, for serving

 

Instructions:

Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese into ¼”-thick slices. Arrange the mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and basil leaves on a large platter. 

Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature. 

 

Serves 5 as an antipasto or starter.

 

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