The Easiest Way to Make Tomatoes Taste More Awesome
Ripe, juicy, sweet heirloom tomatoes need little beyond bread, cheese, herbs, and a simple dressing to taste incredible. But you can even make out-of-season supermarket tomatoes taste incredible by throwing them into the salad that follows.
All you have to do is buzz up an easy viniagrette (it'll provide a far greater flavor payoff than anything out of a bottle). Then, you toast up some fresh hearty bread (just tear it into chunks and bake at 350°F till just crisp, 5 to 10 minutes). And, finally, you'll toss everything together with some cheese, onions, and herbs.
One bite and you'll have a hard time going to back to romaine and ranch.
Recipe by Sebastien Archambault, chef of The Back Room in Manhattan
What you’ll need:
1 small shallot
1 small garlic clove
2 Tbsp champagne vinegar
½ Tbsp honey
½ Tbsp Dijon mustard
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 lb. assorted heirloom tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cups country bread torn into 1-inch pieces, lightly toasted
2 red pearl onions, thinly sliced
¼ lb. semi-firm goat cheese
1 bunch fresh basil
How to make it:
1. In a blender or food processor, add the shallot, garlic, vinegar, honey, and Dijon. Puree until smooth, while gradually adding the olive oil. Transfer to a storage container, add the parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Set the dressing aside.
2. Twenty minutes before serving, in a large bowl, mix together the tomatoes, bread, and enough dressing to coat well (you may have leftover dressing). Season to taste with salt and pepper and allow to sit until the bread softens slightly, about 20 minutes. Scoop into 4 bowls and garnish with onions, goat cheese, and basil. Serves 4.