Tomato Lover’s Tomato Salad with Smoky Tomato Dressing
If you're like me, you head to the local farmers market every week. I love using local and seasonal ingredients in my cooking. Shopping at your local grocer will work just as good for this recipe, too.
Tomato season is in full bloom. Last week I found my favorite baby orange tomatoes and scored an entire bag for only $3. I eat them like candy... I also bought the most delicious heirloom tomatoes from an Italian merchant who claimed he had the best tomatoes there. He wasn't lying...
Before you begin cooking, take a few minutes to tap into your inner guru. Get your (physical) space and heart space ready. Turn on your favorite tunes, maybe grab a glass of wine or invite your bestie over. And get ready to have some fun and send some positive vibes to the beautiful meal you're about to create. This recipe is from one of my favorite soup guru's (link below).
Tomato Lover's Tomato Salad:
Piled high with summer's best heirloom tomatoes and drizzled with a smoky tomato dressing that tastes like a BLT.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 15 min.
- 24 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1 pickling cucumber, chopped or sliced thinly lengthwise and rolled into curls
- 1 ounce reduced fat feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
- 1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil sliced chiffonade (4 to 5 leaves)
- 2 tablespoons Smoky Tomato Dressing (below)
- Combine the tomatoes and cucumbers in a large bowl. Top with the feta cheese and herbs, and toss lightly. Drizzle with Smoky Tomato Dressing.
Smokey Tomato Dressing:
A savory dressing that perfect's for all of your summer salads - but especially heirloom tomato salads - that has irresistible hints of BLT flavorings.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 10 min.
- 1 heaping cup roughly chopped fresh tomatoes, *shallowly cored (4 small, 2 medium, or 14 or cherry)
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon water or vegetable broth (if you have extra lying around)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1 teaspoon chopped shallot
- 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until perfectly smooth. Use immediately and refrigerate any extra (makes about 1 cup - a serving is 2 tablespoons).
Note from the author:
*What she means by "shallowly cored"? Instead of digging deep into the tomato to core it, just remove a shallow v-shaped slice of the hard stem end. It's not necessary to do this for cherry tomatoes, by the way.