All’s Well That Herbs Well Tomato Salad with Burrata
Chicago-based reader Michael Goldman uses herbs from his balcony garden to whip up this vibrant-tasting summer salad. We especially love his technique of seasoning the tomatoes with herb stems.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 Tbs. white balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 small garlic cloves, crushed
- Leaves from 1 sprig each fresh lemon basil, oregano, and thyme
- 8 sprigs fresh lemon basil
- 8 sprigs fresh sweet basil
- 6 sprigs fresh chervil
- 6 sprigs fresh parsley
- 6 leaves fresh sorrel
- 4 large tomatoes, halved crosswise, each half cut into 8 wedges
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 8 oz. chilled burrata cheese
- 2 Tbs. olive oil, for drizzling
1. To make Herb Vinaigrette: Whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard, and garlic in small bowl. Add herb leaves and 2 Tbs. water, and whisk until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
2. To make Tomato Salad: Pluck leaves from herb sprigs, and set aside. Combine herb stems and tomatoes in large bowl, and let stand 1 to 11/2 hours in cool place. Remove and discard herb stems.
3. Stack half of basil leaves on cutting board, and roll into tight cylinder. Slice cylinder into thin strands, aka chiffonade; set aside. Roughly chop remaining herb leaves. Add onion and chopped herb leaves to tomatoes, and toss gently with wooden spoon. Mix in 2 Tbs. Herb Vinaigrette.
4. Place burrata on plate, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with basil chiffonade. Slice burrata, and serve with tomatoes and remaining Herb Vinaigrette on side.
July/August 2013 p.12