Heirloom Tomato and Basil Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Basil Salad

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Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 medium or large heirloom tomatoes, in any variety, stem ends removed and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup cherry or small pear tomatoes, in any variety, stems removed
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (optional)

Directions

Arrange the tomato slices on a platter, overlapping them in a spiral design. If the cherry or pear tomatoes are on the large size, cut them in half. Scatter over the sliced tomatoes.

If the basil leaves are small, leave them whole, or you may chiffonade them if you like. Scatter these over the tomatoes. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh herbs.

Options for additional color and flavor: A drizzle of balsamic vinegar; pitted olives; toasted pine nuts; capers; your favorite cheese such as blue, chèvre, fresh mozzarella, Pecorino, etc.; or whatever else strikes your fancy!

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