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.
Salad with Red Onion and
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.