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Heirloom Tomato Strawberry Salad

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This Heirloom Tomato and Strawberry Salad is a unique combination of savory and sweet flavors that will leave you hungry for more. Sweet strawberry compote, toasted pecans, and vanilla crème fraiche top heirloom tomatoes drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. Finished off with sweet mâche salad greens, this appetizer salad is a colorful and creative start to any healthy meal.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Strawberry Salad

Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

Strawberry Compote

  • ½ cup white port
  • ½ vanilla bean split and scraped
  • 2 Tbsp freeze-dried strawberry powder*
  • ½ cup fresh California strawberries stemmed and diced

Vanilla Crème Fraiche

  • ¼ cup crème fraiche
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean split and scraped

Salad

  • 6 large heirloom tomatoes assorted varieties
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup dried strawberries thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 cup mâche salad greens

Notes

*To make strawberry powder, grind ½ cup dried sliced strawberries in spice grinder.

Instructions

To make strawberry compote:

  • Simmer port with scrapings from vanilla bean until reduced by half; whisk in strawberry powder.
  • Cool; stir in fresh strawberries.

To make vanilla crème fraiche:

  • Whisk together crème fraiche, sugar and scrapings from vanilla bean.

To make salad:

  • Slice tomatoes into 1-inch-thick slices. Punch out rounds with a 1-inch round cutter.
  • Divide tomato rounds among 4 salad plates or arrange on a large platter; season with salt and olive oil.
  • Drizzle with vinegar and scatter dried strawberries and pecans around tomatoes.
  • Spoon strawberry compote over tomatoes and scatter mâche on top.
  • Dot vanilla crème fraiche around edge of plates or platter.

Nutrition

Serving: 519g | Calories: 708kcal | Carbohydrates: 107g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 23mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 78g
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