Tomato and Onion Salad
When we got back last week from Oregon I was so excited to see that the summer produce was still abundant in the stores – especially the tomatoes. I ended up grabbing a whole bunch and still had a few more hanging around after making the tomato, zucchini and corn salad. I decided to do something very similar to that tomato salad, but my thinking process was more along the lines of an appetizer type of dish or a fancy post training snack ;).
I took the same red wine vinaigrette and marinated the tomatoes with it along with some Vidalia onions. And for you west coasters out there, it’s a sweet onion so just substitute with a Maui. I grilled some ciabatta bread and needed some sort of spread like a cheese but I wanted something a little more unique, something with a little bit of tang. So I stared at the cheese section for a while and there it was – goat cheese brie and we had a winner! It’s creamy, tangy and delicious!
If you don’t have access to goat cheese brie then just use regular goat cheese. And one more thing – this can be turned into a really, really, really good sandwich!
Heirloom Tomato and Vidalia Onion Salad
- 2-3 large heirloom tomatoes
- 1 small vidalia onion
- 1 wheel of goat cheese brie or 4 ounces of regular goat cheese
- Ciabatta bread or French Baguette
- Olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs like basil, tarragon, parsley and chives
- Pinch of salt
- For the vinaigrette, you want to mince the garlic almost to a paste. Place in a bowl with the honey, dijon and red wine vinegar. Whisk those together and then slowly pour in the olive oil while continuing to whisk. Season with a pinch of salt and the herbs.
- Slice the tomatoes about a 1/3 inch thick and the vidalia onion about a 1/4 inch thick.
- Toss with the vinaigrette and let sit for about 15 minutes.
- If you are grilling ciabatta bread, you'll want to brush some olive oil on it and grill for about 5 minutes on each side while the tomatoes are marinating. If not, serve with some good crusty French bread.
Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Red Meat Free, Crustacean Free, Celery Free, Sesame Free, Lupine Free, Mollusk Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher