(Multicolored heirloom tomatoes are paired with aged balsamic vinegar and fresh basil for a classic heirloom tomato and basil summer salad.)
So I seem to be having some separation anxiety; you see, I’m not ready to let summer go quite yet. I fully understand that summer is officially over, but I have been stubbornly hanging on to my favorite season as it slipped away, not quite ready to move into fall and the holidays.
I love that summer is the season filled with sunshine, blue skies and warm night air. I love that the days are long, everyone seems more relaxed and nature offers so much beauty. But I can’t hang on forever, so today I have decided to finally let summer go with this Heirloom Tomato Salad, the quintessential quick and delicious late summer meal.
Heirloom tomatoes can be found at most farmer’s markets and grocery stores during the later part of the summer months and into early fall. Sweet vine ripened heirloom tomatoes don’t need much dressing up, a little balsamic vinegar some olive oil and a few pieces of torn basil make for a perfect salad. A variety of red, yellow, and orange tomatoes make this seasonal salad flavorful as well as beautiful. Don’t forget a nice piece of tender burrata cheese to accompany it.
Now I’m ready to embrace fall.
Serves Serves 4 to 6
Multicolored heirloom tomatoes are paired with aged balsamic vinegar and fresh basil for a classic summer salad.
20 minPrep Time
20 minTotal Time
- 3 lbs. heirloom tomatoes (use a variety of colors and sizes)
- Sea salt (such as fleur de sel)
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
- 1 small bunch (about 1/4 cup) fresh basil leaves, torn
- fresh burrata cheese for serving (optional)
- Rinse and slice the tomatoes into 1/2 inch thick wedges and place them on a large plate or serving platter.
- Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
- Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes.
- Tear the basil leaves with your hands and sprinkle on top.
- Taste for seasoning and add more salt, pepper or vinegar if necessary.
- Serve at room temperature with fresh burrata cheese to accompany if you have it.