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Making a simple summer salad


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Fresh tomatoes and red onion are topped with a lemon-herb vinaigrette in this summer salad. photo by Virginia O. McCoy.

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Fresh tomatoes and red onion are topped with a lemon-herb vinaigrette in this summer salad. photo by Virginia O. McCoy.
July 26, 2012
Heirloom tomatoes are everywhere these days and a great option for a simple summer salad. I paired stunning heirlooms with red onion and lemon-herb vinaigrette. A sprinkle of strong cheese (feta, gorgonzola or shaved Parmesan) finishes off this quick-to-the-table side.


Heirloom Tomato

Salad with Red Onion and

Lemon-Herb

Vinaigrette

1 1/2 lbs. assorted heirloom tomatoes (or more)

1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced for vinaigrette

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (or more to taste)

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/2 cups olive oil

2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives

6 basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (or other strong cheese)

chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

First make vinaigrette by combining lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, salt, sugar and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk well. Whisk in olive oil just a bit at a time. Lastly, stir in fresh chives and basil.

Chill for at least one hour before serving.

Slice tomatoes about 1/2 inch thick.

Arrange tomato slices with sliced red onion.

Drizzle some vinaigrette over tomatoes. Sprinkle with feta cheese and chopped fresh parsley.

This lemony vinaigrette is a burst of refreshment on a hot summer evening. If you don't have chives, use green onion.

Any fresh herb combination pairs nicely with fresh lemon.


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