Colorful heirloom tomatoes take their rightful place in the spotlight in this delicious and flavorful Heirloom Tomato Salad with Garlic Lemon Infused Olive Oil.
My husband has done a vegetable garden almost every year since we were first married. This year, however, we decided to forgo a garden and start buying our produce at the local farmer’s market. Even though I’ve missed the fun of watching the veggies grow, I haven’t missed watching the weeds take over a garden that we no longer seem to have the time to tend to.
These beautiful heirloom tomatoes are compliments of our local corner farmer’s market. Thank you to the farmers for growing such colorful and juicy tomatoes, and for tending to the weeds, so we don’t have to!
While my husband and I were purchasing our tomatoes we also sampled several flavored olive oils that were infused with herbs and citrus. Since infusing olive oil is simple to do, I decided to make my own garlic lemon infused olive oil when we got home to use as a dressing for the heirloom tomato salad. The result was as delicious as it is pretty.
- 2 cups Extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed
- rind from 1 lemon
- 3-4 heirloom tomatoes (or your favorite variety), sliced into wedges
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- ¼ cup chopped pistachios
- salt and pepper to taste
- small sauce pan
- bottle or jar with lid to store the olive oil
- funnel (if needed, for transferring the oil to a bottle or jar)
- cutting board
- chef's knife
- serrated knife (for slicing tomatoes)
- serving platter
- Heat the olive oil, garlic, and lemon rind in a small saucepan over medium/low heat for 15 minutes.
- Remove the oil from the heat and allow to cool before adding to a bottle or jar.
- Place the tomatoes and onion on a serving platter.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Squeeze the lemon juice over the tomatoes and onion.
- Drizzle the tomatoes with the garlic lemon infused olive oil.
- Top the salad with the thyme leaves, goat cheese, and pistachios.
- Serve and enjoy.
Use the oil on other veggies, or brush it on fish or seafood before cooking.
This heirloom tomato salad is so good, so fresh, and so loaded with textures and flavors that will explode in your mouth with each and every bite. The crunch from the pistachios, the creaminess of the goat cheese, the sweet and oniony bite of the red onion, the savory earthiness of the fresh thyme, the mild and pungent fragrance of the garlic lemon olive oil, and of course the sweet and juicy garden fresh tomatoes. What’s not to love?
Hungry for more tomato recipes? Please check out some other tomato recipes I’ve shared over the years:
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!