HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD

HEIRLOOM_TOMATO_SALAD.jpgTry out this tasty salad for your next dinner. Courtesy of Natasha Schooten – Terrafina at Hester Creek Winery. This reciepe can also be found in The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker - An Okanagan Cookbook

Yield: 4 Salads

Salad

2 heirloom tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 ball (175 g) buffalo mozzarella, torn into 12 pieces

Balsamico Reduction    

Yield: ¼ cup

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¾ cup (200 mL) of red wine vinegar (1 bottle)
  • 1 1l2 cup (400 mL) of white balsamico vinegar  (2 bottles)
  • 4 cups (1 L) port 
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) honey

METHOD:

Put both the vinegars in a saucepot and bring to rapid simmer until the liquid is reduced by one third. Add the port and keep reducing at rapid simmer rate. When liquid is reduced by half, add in the honey and reduce until syrup consistency. Store at room temperature until ready to use.

To serve: Use a pastry brush, “paint” a line of reduction across the bottom of each plate. Add two pieces of tomato and three pieces of buffalo mozzarella, arranging as you like.

Top with a nice kosher salt and a little of the canola oil, then finish with the balsamico reduction.

CANADIAN PRODUCERS TO LOOK FOR         

VINEGAR WORKS (Red and White Balsmic Vinegar)

FAIRBURN FARMS  (Buffalo Mozarella)

HIGHWOOD CROSSING (Organic First Press Canola Oil)

HARKER FARMS (Heirloom Tomatoes)