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by Carilyn on February 21, 2012

Heirloom Tomato


I am in love with Heirloom tomatoes.  I’m not sure why.  They’re kind of strange looking, bumpy in all the wrong places, eccentric.  But their funkiness is what makes them fun to eat.  Why waste all that delicious kookiness by burying it in a recipe.  Really, this kind of tomato just needs a nice little outfit and she is ready to hit the town.


Heirloom Tomato with Pistachio Vinaigrette

¾ cup chopped pistachios.  Don’t chop these too finely because you want to make sure to get a big crunch of pistachio in every bite.

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

¼ cup champagne vinegar

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 beautiful heirloom tomato per person

Chop pistachios (out of the shell, of course 🙂 )


Oil and Vinegar - the Perfect Combination


Combine all ingredients up to the heirloom tomato.  Allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (24 hours is best).  After resting time, taste.  Add more olive oil or vinegar based on taste preference.  Same goes for salt and pepper. 

Slice and Stack

Slice heirloom tomato in ½ inch thick round slices.  Stack slices and drizzle generously with vinaigrette.  Dig in!

Happy Eating!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

SteveQ February 22, 2012 at 9:15 am

I like heirloom tomatoes because they have such a variety of flavors; there’s one that I swear tastes like grapes. I can’t grow them in my yard because of a huge black walnut tree; those trees put a chemical in the soil that kills other plants and tomatoes are the most susceptible. I’ve grown a few indoors in pots, but I can never tell when they’re ripe, because I don’t know what they’re supposed to look like!

Carilyn February 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

I completely agree about the different tastes of the heirloom tomatoes. Every time I try a new color, I’m always surprised!

I can’t grow ANYTHING – I definitely have a brown thumb! I am hell on a garden, but good at a grocery store 🙂

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