Heirloom Tomatoes & Basil Salad
Heirloom tomato & basil salad is the taste of summer at its best and is great for weeknights and parties alike. The salad is presentation perfect and ready to enjoy in about 5 minutes.
If you grow your own tomatoes you are half way to serving a platter of heirloom tomatoes & basil salad. Or if you are lucky enough to have Farmers markets in your area, make a visit during the summer and Fall months to find just picked full-flavored heirloom tomatoes and vibrant basil. Heirloom tomatoes & basil salad comes together in about 5 minutes producing a beautiful bright platter of summer goodness.
The simplicity of this dish relies on super fresh just picked tomatoes really only found at Farmers markets or in your own garden. With very few exceptions, grocery store tomatoes won’t do it for this dish; tomatoes for grocery stores are bred for transporting more than taste and are usually picked before the sugars have developed enough to ripen properly once picked.
There is no need to make fancy dressings for this salad. The flavor of just picked Farmers market or garden heirloom tomatoes bursting with juicy sweetness and acidity will make it’s own dressing along with a hit of lemon juice and a grind of black pepper if you like. When the summer heirloom tomatoes are this good, even salt is not needed, making this salad naturally SOS free (salt-free, oil-free, sugar-free) before adding the optional flatbread and almond ricotta or cream cheese. If you want to dress the salad up, the Bright Summer Oil-free Tomato Dressing is a great choice.
Baked flatbread with homemade Creamy Almond Ricotta or store-bought Almond cream cheese adds a creaminess that compliments the bright sweet and tangy heirloom tomatoes and minty vibrant basil.
Tools Used in this Recipe
- cutting board
- salad spinner
- chef knife or other very sharp knife
- serving platter or individual plates