These Heirloom Tomato Slices make a perfect summer salad. Try serving it outdoors on a beautiful day. A few minutes in the sun will bring out the juices.
You may substitute the lemon basil for any type of basil. Even other herbs. Thyme would be nice too. I just like the slight citrus note that the lemon basil brings to the accumulated juices.
- 2 pound heirloom tomatoes in different sizes, colors and textures
- very good olive oil for drizzling
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoon lemon basil leaves left whole
Choose a great variety of tomatoes for this recipe. Variable tastes and textures will add a lot of interest to this salad.
Start by slicing the tomatoes between ¼ and ½ inch thick. Again vary the thicknesses slightly to get a more interesting texture. Very small tomatoes may be halved or quartered. There is no “right way”.
Arrange the slices attractively on a platter. Season them generously with salt and pepper, drizzle the olive oil over the top. Be generous because the oil combines with the juices to make a delicious dressing. Tuck the whole lemon basil in attractively here and there over the top of the tomatoes.
Let this stand at room temperature at least 20 minutes.