Sunday, May 18, 2014

Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio with Onions and Fresh Herb Vinaigrette

Sometimes the simple things are really the best! From time to time I am craving something very down-to-earth, something really simple that does not require a lot of work in the kitchen. Sliced ripe tomatoes may not look like much, but believe me, they make my heart beat a little faster. Many happy childhood memories come to mind...

To make this dish more attractive use as many different kinds of tomatoes as possible. Use heirloom tomatoes if you can lay your hands on them.

  • 1 lb organic tomatoes
  • 2 small onions (I used purple shallots)
  • 1 cup mixed fresh herbs, minced (basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, oregano, thyme, mint)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Celtic sea salt
  • black pepper

  • Wash tomatoes and, using a mandolin or a very sharp knife, cut them into thin slices.
  • Arrange tomato slices on individual plates.
  • In a small bowl whisk a vinaigrette dressing using all the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and minced herbs. It should be almost as thick as pesto. Add salt to taste. Pour vinaigrette over the tomatoes.
  • Slice onions or shallots into thin slices and use them to garnish the tomatoes.
  • Add freshly ground pepper and enjoy in good company!

Tip: Add chopped black olives to enhance the Mediterranean gustatory experience.

    This incredibly simple tomato salad combines health benefits of tomatoes, onions, olive oil, garlic  and herbs. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. It helps you nourish your immune system, protect you form free radicals and detoxify your body. Eat it as often as you can and always remember to buy organic produce.

    In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique


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