HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD is an easy and very colorful side dish served with fresh basil and crispy, cheesy croutons for a fresh summer bite you'll love!
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Heirloom tomato salad with parmesan basil croutons

HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD is an easy and very colorful side dish served with fresh basil and crispy, cheesy croutons for a fresh summer bite you'll love!
Course Side Dish
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 784kcal
Author Janette Fuschi

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Small pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

For the croutons:

  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread cut into 20-1/4 inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

For the salad:

  • 2 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes cut into bite-size wedges (half if using small tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  • For the dressing:
  • To a mixing bowl add the red wine vinegar, mustard, shallot, honey, salt & pepper. Whisk in the olive oil until mixed well. Set aside.
  • For the croutons:
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Add the parmesan and basil to a small bowl and mix well.
  • Spread the croutons onto the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, mix to coat well.
  • Broil for 4-5 minutes until golden, turn them over and brown on the other side, keep your eye on them.
  • Remove the croutons from the oven and sprinkle the tops generously with the parmesan and basil.
  • Put back under the broiler for a few seconds until melted and bubbly. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool
  • For the salad:
  • Divide the tomato wedges between 4 plates and sprinkle with chopped basil.
  • Divide the croutons evenly between the 3 plates and drizzle with dressing. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 784kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1135mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2290IU | Vitamin C: 32.1mg | Calcium: 305mg | Iron: 1.4mg