heirloom tomato salad with pickled onions


Summer and fall months are unusually good to tomatoes letting them ripen until the fruit is so full of sugar, it requires no background on which to rest it. To me, often, salad greens upstage the tomato itself, often the main star of the dish. I’ve been known to bite into a tomato or two and eat them straight up, as one would an apple.

Or at times, I’ve sprinkle a little Maldon sea salt onto it, and relish every bite. The sweet and the salty in one taste.

However, most people think me funny for allowing my summer tomatoes to be divas all on their own. Sometimes, I would be asked if I had run out of mixed greens. I’d say no and then find myself greeted by a confused look. Why just the tomatoes?

Well, for those who cannot imagine the tomato without its leafy friends, this simple salad should do the trick. Mixed greens, tomatoes, and red onions soaked in a solution of apple cider vinegar and sugar. All tossed together with the best balsamic and extra virgin olive oil you can find, and sprinkled with crushed, black pepper.

For those of us who are missing the summer produce – this is the salad to get us through the cold wintry months.

  • 1 red heirloom tomato
  • 1 yellow heirlook tomato
  • 2 cups of mixed greens, washed and dried
  • 1/3 red onion soaked in a solution of 1 cup water, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • crushed, black pepper

    Toss the ingredients together with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle crushed pepper on top.

    Serves 2.


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