Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese

September 8th, 2009

Labor Day weekend was a time for our family to relax together and reconnect. I am very lucky to have a DIL, Kristen who loves to cook and her Mother, Darla who loves to garden. Darla is a Master Gardener and although she lives in the suburbs of DC, she keeps an urban garden in a community park. She grows the most beautiful heirloom tomatoes.

Pictured above are Cherokee purples, lemon boys, Arkansas travelers and rutgers. Kristen found a wonderful recipe on Epicurious and put together this beautiful salad that also utilized Darla’s cherry tomatoes, sungold yellow and sweet 100 reds. The only thing Kristen changed in the recipe was to substitute goat cheese for the blue and eliminate the celery since we had none.

We couldn’t have had a better holiday, with the exception of missing the family members who could not be here. We ate too much, swam, hiked, went for boat rides, played cards, and stayed up late each night sipping wine on the porch and enjoying the beautiful mountain air. It was the perfect farewell to Summer.


8 1/2 one inch thick slices crusty bread
4 large garlic cloves, halved
3 Tablespoons plus 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup currant or grape tomatoes or halved cherry or pear tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped green onions

10 medium heirloom tomatoes of assorted colors, cored, thinly sliced ( we cut them in wedges)
1 small red onion, sliced paper thin
3 celery stalks, sliced thin on diagonal
1 1/2 cups coarsely crumbled blue cheese

Prepare barbecue (medium high heat). Rub bread with cut garlic cloves; brush bread with 3 tablespoons oil. Combine remaining 1/3 cup oil, currant tomatoes, and green onions in medium bowl; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

Overlap tomato slices in concentric circles on platter, alternating colors. Scatter onion and celery slices over tomatoes, Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon tomato and green onion mixture over. Sprinkle with crumbled cheese.

Grill bread until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Cut each slice diagonally in half; serve with salad.

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10 responses to “Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese”

  1. That makes my mouth water! I wish I had some goat cheese in the house. We have some fresh tomotoes are guests brought this past weekend.

  2. GarlicBOSS says:

    My eyes lit up after seeing the heirloom tomato salad and grilled bread…wonderful recipe…delicious photos!

  3. What great tomatoes! I love all the colours.

  4. Kate says:

    Splendid weekend! It sounds as though you had time to relax as well as share in preparing wonderful food. The salad looks great!

    I cannot believe all of the tomatoes. They are gorgeous…and I know, delicious.

  5. This looks wonderful. What a great treat. Family and food!

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I’m really going to miss the heirloom tomatoes. Gorgeous salad. The Arkansas traveler is grown near where I grew up.

  7. Katy ~ says:

    Oh my. Fresh, perfectly ripened tomatoes. Looks luscious!

  8. It looks delicious 🙂

  9. Mary says:

    Penny, the salad sounds wonderful. I’m glad you had a great holiday.

  10. nanadarla says:

    The pictures are beautiful and it was delicious as well as all the food you prepared. We were in heaven! Thanks to you and Dave for such a wonderful weekend. We had so much fun and are already looking forward to next year!

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