There is truly no produce item more juicy, addictively sweet and tart, and scrumptious than an heirloom tomato. Although it looks like a mutated, bulbous alien fruit, the heirloom tomato is a true gift from the produce gods. These heavenly tomatoes tomatoes are varieties that have been around for generations and have retained their original characteristics and genetics.
Think of heirloom tomatoes like purebred animals, only in tomato form. They are not genetically modified or hybridized and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Don’t be afraid of the green ones! No matter what the color of the tomato is, give them the old feel test. If you notice that the tomatoes are very soft or squishy, avoid them and opt for ones that are a little firmer in texture. If the tomatoes are too firm, they may need a day or two to ripen more for optimal flavor.
These tomatoes are rich in several nutrients, including vitamins C, A, and K, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. Researchers note that heirloom tomatoes contain carotenoids, which work to prevent cellular damage and reduce inflammation. Some of these carotenoids may even improve heart function.
This salad is beautiful because of its simplicity. You don’t want to hide the flavor of the heirloom tomatoes with strong flavors, so the dressing is simple. The seasonings complement the acidity of the tomatoes, making this salad a dish that you can serve year round. We hope you love it as much as we do!
- Prep Time:15m
- Total Time:15m
- 4 heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. raw agave nectar
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- After slicing the tomatoes, lay them out on a large plater in one layer.
- Season them liberally with the sea salt, black pepper, garlic, and oregano.
- Lightly drizzle with the agave, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil. And then top with the thinly sliced scallion.
- Cover the salad and allow it to stand at room temperature for up to two hours and then serve.