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Small Plate: Psychedelic Heirloom Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad


Love and peace, Hippies. The tie-dye colors of orange, red and green heirloom tomatoes are made even more vibrant with a kaleidoscope of flavors.

heirloom tomato and goat cheese salad with olives and basil recipe - Dresses & AppetizersEnjoy  clouds of bright white goat cheese, floating leaves of  green basil, swirling circles of red onions and  groovy half-moon shaped kalamata olives. Taste the shapes and colors of summer and fall with this heirloom and goat cheese psychedelic salad recipe.

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Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe
Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
Fleur de Sel and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Kalamata olives, quartered
Goat cheese, crumbled (recommend Lynnhaven Farm)
Red onion, thinly sliced rounds
Micro basil, garnish
Champagne basil vinaigrette (recipe, below)

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad Directions
1. Shingle heirloom tomatoes in a long row. Top, lightly, with fleur de sel. Add kalamata olives, red onions and goat cheese. Lightly drizzle basil vinaigrette and  garnish with basil.

Basil Champagne Vinaigrette Ingredients
2 Sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
1 Bunch of basil
1 Cup olive oil
1/3 Cup of champagne vinegar
2 Cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Basil Champagne Vinaigrette Directions
1. Combine champagne vinegar, garlic, 2 sprigs of thyme leaves and seasonings. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Taste and adjust seasoning. Blanch (place in boiling water for 5 seconds, then place in ice water) basil and steep in vinaigrette for 30 – 60 minutes.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. 10 pm

    That goat cheese looks like snow! And I love tomatoes in my salad. Nice! Thanks for the recipe!

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 am

      Thanks, Muhammad,
      Good snow analogy because Lynnhaven Farm’s goat cheese melts in your mouth, just like snow and it tastes like heaven.

      Love, peace and cheese,

  2. 10 am

    Love the goat cheese and salads. This looks absolutely delicious.

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 am

      Hi, Jason!
      The goat cheese in this psychedelic salad takes the heirloom tomatoes to a whole new taste level. You’ll love it!

      If you want more goat cheese ideas, make your requests here –

      Love, Peace and Goat Cheese Everywhere,
      Brandon Maya

  3. 10 am

    As we’re in Turkey and most of the cheese here is goats’ cheese, I think we’ll be giving this one a go. 🙂

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 am

      Hi, Turkey’s for Life,
      Once you try this psychedelic heirloom and goat cheese recipe, let me know how it tastes! Enjoy.

      If you want more recipe ideas, make your requests here –

      Love, Peace and Fried Turkeys,
      Brandon Maya

  4. 10 am

    What a gorgeous salad!! Looks so yummy and colorful! Love it!

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 am

      Hi, RavieNomNoms,
      Thanks for the compliment! The psychedelic salad tastes as deliciously colorful as it looks. I hope you enjoy! If you have ideas for goat cheese, tomatoes or salad, feel free to share them in comments!

      Love , Peace and Recipe Shares,
      Brandon Maya

  5. 10 pm

    Lovely. Have you tried peach and tomato salad? it’s on my blog it has wonderful flavor and colors.

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 pm

      Hola, Carol,
      I just looked at your peach and tomato salad recipe, it looks delicious. It reminds me of my recipe, minus the olives. I’ll have to try your peachy sweet and savory salad. Thanks for the tip!

      I also have a delicious answer to your grilled cheese question, “Other than Halloumi what cheese can be grilled?” from 3 of the top cheese shops in New York, enjoy –

      Love, Peace and Peaches,
      Brandon Maya

  6. 10 pm

    I just love tomatoes… and heirloom are my favorites. Maybe it’s because they look not so typical and remind me of myself? Regardless… all tomatoes taste like sunshine to me. I only wish they’d make a perfume that smells of tomato vine :o)

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 pm

      Welcome, Lisa,
      Tomato Vine Perfume, now that’s an idea! Good news – your wish for a tomato-scented fragrance is granted, simply search on “custom perfume” and voila! Let me know how it turns out.

      If you wear it, people will suddenly crave pizza and spaghetti when around you.

      Love, Peace and Food Fragrances,
      Brandon Maya

  7. 10 am

    I’m going to the Farmer’s Market tomorrow, and hopefully they still have some Heirloom tomatoes. Your salad is beautiful!

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 am

      Hi, Becky,
      Go! Skip! Run to the farmer’s market! I went yesterday and there is still a BEAUTIFUL BOUNTY of Heirloom tomatoes. If you can, pick up Lynnhaven Farm goat cheese, it will change your life!

      Love, Peace and Heavenly Goat,
      Brandon Maya

  8. jim permalink
    10 pm

    this is awesome man


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