Tomato Feta Salad with Basil Parsley Vinaigrette

Life has thrown several twists and turns this week, which has kept me fairly distracted. Right now, I’m sitting on my back patio listening to the hum of my neighbor’s lawn mower as he tackles the jungle that emerged from the recent rains. There are two smells that tell me its summer. The first is the scent of fresh cut grass. I love how the fragrance lingers in the early evening hours like a gentle kiss from Mother Nature. The other is the delicious aroma of vine ripened tomatoes. Their intense red color of the juicy flesh contrasted against rich green leaves make for a purely heavenly salad. It’s still a little early for local tomatoes to make an appearance at the Pittsburgh farmers markets, but for this dish, the store bought ones worked just the same.

Tomato Feta Salad with Basil Parsley Vinaigrette
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Recipe Type: Salads
Serves: 4-6 people
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, kept whole
  • 2 beef steak tomatoes, wedged
  • 4 small vine ripened tomatoes, wedged
  • 4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 Tbl. fresh basil, minced
  • 1 Tbl. olive oil
Basil Parsley Vinaigrette
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 Tbl. garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ Tbl. red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Allow the tomatoes to get to room temperature before slicing them. Arrange the tomatoes in a shallow platter and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle the feta cheese and basil over the top. Serve with the Basil Parsley Vinaigrette.
For Basil Parsley Vinaigrette
  1. Pulse the basil, parsley, garlic, mustard, vinegar and red pepper in a food processor until well chopped. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the basil mixture until the vinaigrette emulsifies and becomes a light green color. Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over the salad.
Author's Note
Since it's really the only ingredient, I have found it's absolutely critical to bring the tomatoes to room temperature before serving this salad. It is the best way to let all the rich flavors of the tomatoes come out and shine. Also, my favorite way of serving this salad is by using a variety of colorful heirloom tomatoes to get the salad even more visual interest. Vinaigrette inspired by Food & Wine Magazine.

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