Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog! Learn about our farm operation, public programs, and the people behind our work through the Notes from the Field and Education sections. Peruse the Recipes section for some staff favorites.

Waltham Fields Community Farm (incorporated as Community Farms Outreach, Inc.) is a nonprofit farming organization focusing on sustainable food production, fresh food assistance, and on-farm education. For more information about Waltham Fields check out our website!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Here's a quick and easy recipe to try out while New England's beautiful heirloom tomatoes are still available. This dish is best served immediately, so only prepare as much as you (and your family or guests) will consume. This dish is low fat, low sodium, vegan, and gluten-free.

Fresh Produce:
  • various heirloom tomatoes
  • basil, chopped chiffonade style
  • sweet onion, minced (optional)
Essential Extras:
  • extra virgin oil olive
  • balsamic vinegar
  • sugar or sweetener (optional)
  • fresh mozzarella, sliced (optional, not shown)
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to Make it:

Start with the reduction since you can prepare the fresh produce while it simmers. Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Let simmer until the vinegar is reduced by 1/2 to 2/3 the original amount. Although it will naturally sweeten as it reduces, you can make your reduction even sweeter with the additional of sugar; about 1 teaspoon to 2 cups of vinegar (which will reduce to 1 cup or less) is a good ratio to keep in mind while making your salad. Once reduced to your desired consistency, let it cool.

Wash the tomatoes and cut into bite-sized chunks; transfer tomato pieces over to their individual serving plates. If using mozzarella, also add the cheese while plating the tomatoes. Chop the basil and onion and sprinkle generously over tomatoes. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction and olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

WHAT'S YOUR SPIN? Don't feel limited to using only heirlooms; the choice is yours! Try it with beefsteaks, plum or cherry tomatoes, or just about any other vine-ripened variety.

Media (text and image) created and published by Rebekah Carter 2010.

No comments: