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Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad

This sweet-tart salad is a fabulous end-of-summer side dish. Inspired by a recipe from my cousin.MORE+LESS-

2

medium heirloom tomatoes (or one large one)

1

tbsp chopped fresh basil

2

tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2

tbsp walnut oil (use olive oil as a substitution)

Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

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    Dice the tomatoes, nectarines and cucumber into like-sized pieces. I prefer mine to be roughly 1/2 inch, but larger is good too.

  • 2

    In a large bowl, stir together the tomatoes, nectarines, cucumbers, basil, parsley and mint. Set aside.

  • 3

    In a small bowl, whisk together the walnut oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and garlic.

  • 4

    Pour the vinaigrette mixture over the tomato mixture and stir well.

  • 5

    Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad w/ Nectarine & Proscuitto

After being back in Colorado for a couple of weeks, I finally was able to go to the farmers’ market! I went to the Vail Farmers’ Market last week and stumbled upon some really great produce and meat. The Vail market is nice because you are so much closer to the farmers from the Western Slope. I was able to fill over half of a grocery bag with all kinds of veggies for only $10! I also got some great wine-poached goat cheddar and sage goat cheddar from Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy, as well as a delicious grass-fed leg of lamb from Crystal River Meats. While all of this was fantastic, I have to admit that the perfectly-ripe assortment of heirloom tomatoes were the highlight of the market for me.

There is hardly anything better then biting into a juicy, ripe heirloom tomato. I chose to buy some Green Zebra, Marvel Striped Orange, and Black Krim varieties. Each type of heirloom tomato gives this salad a different flavor accent. With the addition of sweet nectarines, salty prosciutto and earthy basil, this salad is sure to be a hit on any summer day. You can also substitute the nectarine or peach or melon if you want to switch things up a bit.


Heirloom Tomato Nectarine and Burrata Salad Ingredients

1 medium Heirloom tomato, sliced
Yellow Nectarine, sliced
Handful fresh mint, slivered
Burrata cheese
¼ Red onion, sliced
1-2 tablespoons White balsamic vinegar
1-2 tablespoons Olive oil
Pinch of Celtic or Maldon flake sea salt, plus more if needed
Gluten free baguette or crostinis


Directions

Peel the corn and brush the kernels lightly with olive oil. Place the corn directly on the grill, rotating every 3 minutes until fully cooked on all sides. Remove the corn and let it cool before using a sharp knife to cut the kernels from the cob. Set aside.

Toss the nectarines in 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and place across the grate. Grill for 3 minutes on each side. Set aside to cool.

Brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and grill for 3-4 minutes on each side. You want grill marks for the caramelized flavor. Remove grilled bread and rub both sides of each slice with a raw garlic clove for extra flavor. Set aside.

In a medium bowl add the tomatoes, corn, nectarines, basil, parsley and mint. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1-1/2 teaspoon reduced balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss and let sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes before serving.

When you’re ready to eat, spread 2 tablespoons of ricotta on each slice of grilled bread and drizzle with remaining reduced balsamic vinegar. Divide the salad between 4 plates and add the ricotta crostoni.


15 Recipes to Make the Most of Juicy Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the essence of summer, and heirloom tomatoes the best of the bunch. Here's how to make the most of your farmers' market haul, and savor the season's colorful crop well past August.

Heirlooms are tomatoes (or other plants) grown from seeds handed down over generations. They are open-pollinated, meaning they produce seeds that resemble the parent plant, which not always the case with commercial hybrids. Hybrid tomatoes are often bred for durability, so they can be shipped. Heirloom tomatoes are more diverse. Traditionally they were bred for flavor, and their apperances vary widely some are small and some extremely large. Heirloom tomatoes also come in a veritable rainbow of shades, not just bright red to pinkish tones but all the way through orange and yellow to striped and ombré colorings. Their names are attractive, too: Brandywine, Purple Cherokee, Green Zebra, Kellogg's Breakfast, and Nebraska Wedding are just a few of the heirloom tomatoes available as seed to grow your own or to buy at the farmers' market.

When shopping for heirloom tomatoes look for plump fruit without bruises or decay as you would with any tomatoes. Heirlooms are more susceptible to cracking, but as long as the cracks are healed (meaning you can't see the flesh), the blemish won't affect taste or safety. Once home, store tomatoes on the counter&mdashnot in the refrigerator&mdashfor a day or two. So, what are the best ways to enjoy this tasty summer staple? Let heirloom tomatoes shine in simple, sunny salads like our Tomato and Beet Salad. You can also use heirloom tomatoes for appetizers made for sharing, such as tartines or bruschetta. And if you're hosting brunch, you can't go wrong with our Bloody-Mary Tomato Salad.