Heirloom Tomatoes with Tomato Vinaigrette

August 27, 2012 Published by Dina

I love the irregular shape of heirloom tomatoes. They look so nice sliced on the plate or stacked with different varieties. With a good piece of grilled bread it makes a nice light lunch or a substantial first course. Here it is paired with an orange tomato (orange colour tomato) dressing. Salad dressing is easy to make but If you are not inclined to make your own  you could try a a bottled dressing from a good specialty stores (or winery).


1 Heirloom tomato per person

1/2 a ball of fresh buffalo mozzarella per person

Baby lettuce or mixed greens

Tomato vinaigrette  (see recipe below)

Cracked pink peppercorn


Slice tomato and arrange on the plate. Cut mozzarella ball in half and place near the tomatoes. Drizzle dressing over and around the plate. Crush some pepper corns and sprinkle over the salad as well as chopped parsley.

Sprinkle with Fleur de Sel and freshly ground pepper.

Serve immediately.

Orange tomato vinaigrette

1 shallot, finely chopped

1/4 cup wine vinegar, red or white

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon sugar

1 large orange tomato, seeded and diced

3/4 cup olive oil (more if needed)

Fresh basil leaves, ribboned


Combine shallot, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar and stir to dissolve salt and sugar. Cut the tomato in half, squeeze out the seeds. Roughly chop the flesh and add to the onion-vinegar mixture.

Place in food processor and pulse a few times to purée. Add oil and pulse a few times to combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Let stand a couple hours to merge flavours.

Add basil before serving.


Summer tomatoes
Heirloom tomato salad with orange tomato vinaigrette


  • bellini says:

    My tomato plants were a bust this year, but there is still the farmers market to look forward to.

    • Dina says:

      Hi Val, I wonder why the plants didn’t do well. It wasn’t the best summer over there in terms of weather, not as hot as usual. I’d like to grow a few tomato plants in a sunny corner next spring and see what happens.