@adjoa and I made this dreamy heirloom tomatoes and plum salad last September when summer was just winding down. I didnâ€™t get a chance to share it here before winter got its gloomy hands on us.
But after the few glorious days weâ€™ve had, and seeing that weâ€™re mere weeks from summerâ€™s unofficial start, it seems proper to feature this salad now.
Hopefully itâ€™ll inspire someone to try it this summer, since thatâ€™s what I intend to doâ€¦ a lot, as soon as BC plums start hitting the markets.
I wouldnâ€™t have thought to put plums and tomatoes together, and yet they make a perfect harmonious pair in this creation.
This salad is so simple yet packs a flavourful punch, I plan on trying other fruit combinations â€“ peaches, nectarines, pears, etc and even grapes; lately Iâ€™ve been experimenting with grapes in savoury dishes.
The vinaigrette is tangy and sweet, a little like the tomatoes and plums.
Itâ€™s light, tart and fresh, perfect for hot summer days.
The recipe comes from Heather over at L.A. In Bloom; a lovely blog that I adore.
Heirloom Tomatoes & Plum Salad
(adapted from L.A. in Bloom)
- Â¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Â¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Â½ teaspoon salt
- Â¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced into wedges
- 4 – 5 plums, pitted and sliced into wedges
- 1 small sweet onion, chopped
- 8 oz (1 cup) arugula
- Coarse sea salt
- Coarse black pepper
- Place balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper in a mason jar and shake vigorously till emulsified
- Combine tomatoes, plums, onions and arugula in a serving bowl
- Toss with vinaigrette (to taste) just before serving and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper
I would’ve never thought to put plums in a salad either. I love plums!Â18 May, 2012 at 12:32 pm