Heirloom Tomato Salad

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We all remember exactly where we were.

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I was 10. We had family visiting from D.C. I was really obsessed with the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire game for my PC. (I was a really popular kid even back then.) The night before 9/11, I FINALLY WON THE GAME. I became a virtual millionaire. Confetti fell, Regis handed me a big check. It was the most joyous evening of my young life.

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I go to bed feeling like a champ. A really rich champ. Only to wake up to absolute horror.

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I’m getting dressed for school when my mom screams at the top of her lungs. No joke, my first thought was that she was watching some terrible fashion show on TLC & a contestant was wearing nipple pasties or something. I casually go downstairs to make sure she hasn’t blown a blood vessel & planes are flying into buildings. I’m still a big, fat dope at age 10 so I’m not totally sure of the significance. All I know is that the adults are scared so I know I should be.

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I went to school that day & convinced my class that the planes were coming for us next & the teachers really loved me.

 

Time: 20 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 heirloom tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 3-4 cups of arugula or spinach
  • 1 tbsp. of dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of basil, chopped
  • 2-3 oz. of fresh mozzarella
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine dijon mustard + honey + vinegar + olive oil + S+P
  • On a serving plate, layer arugula + tomatoes + basil + mozzarella + vinaigrette + S+P
  • Serve cool
  • You may now consider yourself an artist + chef because look at that freaking masterpiece
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17 thoughts on “Heirloom Tomato Salad

  1. pinksocietylife says:

    Mmmm, this looks delicious and we might be making it for lunch today. I love heirloom tomatoes! And you can find beautiful organic heirloom tomatoes that don’t cost an arm and a leg at Trader Joe’s usually.
    As for 9-11, you’re right, I think most people remember where they were. I was on my way to school, I was 14, and at first I thought it was a joke as I listened to the radio announcement. I couldn’t believe it was real.

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  2. pinksocietylife says:

    Mmmm, this looks delicious and we might be making it for lunch today. I love heirloom tomatoes! And you can find beautiful organic heirloom tomatoes that don’t cost an arm and a leg at Trader Joe’s usually.
    As for 9-11, you’re right, I think most people remember where they were. I was on my way to school, I was 14, and at first I thought it was a joke as I listened to the radio announcement. I couldn’t believe it was real.
    ~Nichole from Pink Society Life
    http://www.pinksocietylife.com

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    • Rachel says:

      I hope you give it a try! I’d been craving some heirlooms for weeks before I finally caved 🙂

      Yup – just one of those things. I’ll never forget the little details!

      Thanks for reading, Nichole!

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  3. Debbie Spivey says:

    I love heirloom tomatoes and would eat this up!
    I was 25 and had just started a new job about a month before this day. I’ll never forget it a single moment about it. I think the worst thing was having to wait the whole day before I saw any video of it until I got home about 7 pm that night. My imagination wasn’t quite that vivid. It still is so hard to believe. A sad day etched into my brain.

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    • Rachel says:

      I’ve been craving nothing but tomatoes lately!

      Oh my goodness, Debbie. I can’t imagine not having seen the images until that evening. But I don’t think anyone’s imagination could have come up with what happened before actually seeing it. Just a day we will never forget.

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