Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Heirloom Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad

How delicious are heirloom tomatoes? I mean they are delicious to eat obviously, but also delicious to look at! So many different colors and sizes - literally eye candy. And they actually taste as good as they look. I went to a local farmer's market today and picked up three boxes of these mini heirlooms - all in different shapes, sizes and colors.

This is a fantastic salad that is so simple to put together. Made with only the freshest ingredients, the key to this salad is "less is more." The natural flavors speak for themselves and with just a drizzle of high quality olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper, you have a healthy, framer's fresh salad that barely requires any work.

4 cups of halved mini heirloom tomatoes (in a variety of sizes and colors)
1 10.5 ounce jar of heart of palm, whole (cut into 1/2 inch slices)
1 large hass avocado or 2 small/medium ones
1/2 shallot sliced very thin
6 large leaves of fresh basil, roughly chopped
The juice of 1/2 a lemon
Very good quality olive oil (this is important!)
Celtic sea salt and pepper to taste

Add your sliced tomatoes and hearts of palm to a large bowl. Slice your avocado(s) in half, discard the seed and scoop out the inside of each half with a spoon. Cut up the avocado halves into 1 inch cubes and add to the large bowl. Add the sliced shallot and chopped basil. Toss everything together, but carefully so you don't break up the tomato halves and mush the avocado. Presentation is important for this dish! Add the Juice of 1/2 lemon and drizzle with very good quality olive oil. (*Side note: It's def. a good idea to invest in a nice bottle of olive oil. Not for your every day cooking, but for dressing up veggies and drizzling on salads, breads, etc. It really changes the taste of the whole dish and is worth investing in!) Add salt and pepper to taste and gently toss the salad to mix.

Happy Summer Tuesday :)


Anonymous said...

I loved this salad recipe and the ingredients. I thought that sweet red peppers and crumbled feta cheese would add some color , flavor and protein. It was our one dish meal for the evening!! Thank you so much for sharing. We love looking for your new creations.

Jacqueline said...

Thank you for sharing! Feta cheese sounds like a delish addition to this salad :)

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