SUNSET® Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula
The many colors of heirloom tomatoes make for a striking presentation for a buffet or dinner party salad. This recipe is easily multiplied for larger parties.
Makes about 6 – 8 servings
2 (1 1/2-lb each) packages SUNSET® Heirloom Tomatoes, in an assortment of colors
2 cups baby arugula
Kosher salt & fresh-cracked black peppercorns
1/4 cup mixed, torn basil leaves and sliced chives
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
3 – 4 oz soft goat cheese (chèvre)
Scatter arugula on a very large platter.
Be sure tomatoes are at room temperature for best flavor. With a sharp knife, thinly slice the tomatoes about 1/4″ thick. Arrange in a single layer over arugula.
Lightly season tomatoes with the salt and pepper, and scatter with herbs.
In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and vinegar, and then drizzle over tomatoes and herbs. Sprinkle the salad with dollops of cheese. Serve immediately.
White balsamic vinegar is preferable for this salad as it shows off the beautiful colors of the heirloom tomatoes.