A mid-summer heirloom tomato salad with fresh fava beans, basil, and an herbs de provence vinaigrette.
The morning air carries a thick, warm, heady breeze from the night before, and all the plants seemed refreshed. Those are my favorite mornings in the summer; post-monsoon, the air vibrates with energy, nurturing our garden and our hearts. The wind buzzes with seeds of change, and I feel it.
Tomatoes are bursting in the farmers markets, and the smell of them is exactly what tomatoes should smell like. Earthy and vibrant, I knew these tomatoes needed just a touch of a light vinaigrette to really shine. I paired them with fresh fava beans and thinly sliced red onion for a bit of a bite and texture. I dare say, this is the perfect summer salad.
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Favas & Herbs de Provence Vinaigrette
2 lbs heirloom tomatoes
3 large pods of fava beans
2 tsp herbs de provence
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
sprinkle of salt and pepper
fresh basil, ~10 leaves or more, to taste
Thinly slice the red onion and scatter in the bottom of your serving dish. Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top of the onions. Remove the fava beans from their pods and shells and thinly slice each bean. Sprinkle the sliced beans and fresh basil over the top of the tomatoes.
Combine herbs de provence, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic clove in a jar and whisk to combine. Pour over the tomatoes and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Serve immediately, at room temperature.
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