Heirloom Tomato, Crushed Basil, Fleur De Sel Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

This one is out of the Lemonade cookbook, which I am borrowing from Carrie. Thought I’d post it here so that I can bookmark it for future reference!

Heirloom Tomato, Crushed Basil, Fleur De Sel Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 cups


  • 1.5 lbs. Assorted ripe heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Basil Vinaigrette (See below)
  • 1/2 cup Fresh basil leaves, hand torn
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Fleur de sel
  • BASIL VINAIGRETTE (makes 1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 cup Fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 cup Fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 Lemon (juice of)
  • 3/8 cup Canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp Coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper


  1. MAKE THE VINAIGRETTE: In a blender (or using an immersion blender), combine the basil, parsley, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Blend on high speed for about 1 minute until smooth and green.
  2. MAKE THE SALAD: Cut the bigger tomatoes into 1/4" thick slices and quarter or halve the smaller tomatoes.
  3. Put the tomatoes in a mixing bowl and pour in the vinaigrette. Toss gently and sprinkle in the basil leaves. Season with pepper and toss again to combine.
  4. When ready to serve, sprinkle with the fleur de sell. Serve at room temperature.

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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