All month long we’ve been celebrating totally terrific tomato salad recipes, in honor of the ever-popular heirloom tomato. There are numerous varieties that come in all different shapes, sizes and colors, which in turn only adds to the diversity and depth of their flavor! Every heirloom variety is genetically unique and inherent in this uniqueness is an evolved resistance to pests and diseases, as well as an ability to adapt to specific growing conditions and climates. In other words, these plants are passed down through generations of gardeners for a reason! Here are some of my picks:
Piatti’s never disappoints, and their Heirloom Panzanella salad is no exception. This recipe calls for fresh ingredients like finely sliced red onions and the juicy caper berries that blend beautifully with their homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette dressing…YUM!
Cinq at the La Columbe D’Or is a wonderful restaurant! Here’s Chef Jeramie Robison’s recipe for an Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad – it’s so light and refreshing…click here. Pair it with the Anne Amie’s 2010 Cuvée A Amrita from the Willamette Valley.
A bit of Napa in Texas…that’s where this recipe comes from! Panzanella tomatoes once again drizzled in a red wine vinaigrette…make sure to cut them into cube-sized chunks so that most of the juicyness is preserved for your taste test…