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Tomato Salad With Red Onion & Herbs (Gourmet)

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“This delicious and easy salad is from Gourmet Magazine (Aug. 1993) and was also printed in their new cookbook. It is great with some fresh, shave Parmesan on top. You can also add cucumbers. If you don't have any shallots, just omit them. This is a great dish to make ahead as the salad is even better the next day when the flavours have had a chance to meld and develop.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 12 teaspoon sugar
  • 14 cup olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)
  • 2 12 lbs tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 6 medium)
  • 12 cup thinly sliced red onion, separated into rings
  • 2 shallots, sliced thin
  • 13 cup minced mixed fresh herbs such as basil, parsley, tarragon or 13 cup mint, plus an herb sprig for garnish


  1. In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, the vinegar, the mustard, the garlic, the sugar, and salt and pepper to taste, add the oil in a stream, whisking, and whisk the dressing until it is emulsified.
  2. Arrange the tomato slices on a deep platter, scatter the onion and the shallots over them, and pour the dressing over the salad.
  3. Chill the salad for 20 minutes, sprinkle it with the minced herbs, and garnish it with the herb sprig.

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