Greenmarket Tomatoes with Basil Emulsion and Whole Wheat Country Loaf

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Author Notes: This was my first ever recipe submission to food52:

Created this today. A no-brainer. Great tomatoes at the farmers market and basil, too. Too hot to cook. A nice chilled white wine and that's what I call dinner.

Serves one (can be easily doubled)

for the salad

  • 1 large heirloom tomato
  • basil emulsion
  • sea salt or kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 whole wheat country loaf (or your favorite bread)

for the basil emulsion

  • 2 cups packed clean basil leaves (stemmed, washed and dried)
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1 very big or 3 small peeled garlic cloves
  • sea salt or kosher salt to taste (I use about a teaspoon)
  1. In a blender, combine basil leaves, olive oil, garlic and salt. Blend until very smooth. Store in a squeezy bottle, for easy serving. Refrigerate leftover basil emulsion with a slick of olive oil covering the top so it doesn't oxidize. Can be used on sandwiches, pasta, fish, chicken, etc.
  2. Slice tomato. Drizzle basil emulsion over. Sprinkle of salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Slice country loaf and serve with tomato to soak up juices.

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12 months ago pidgeon92

1 teaspoon of kosher salt was a bit much for me, next time I'll use less than half. Otherwise, this is a great way to use up the boatloads of basil I have in the yard.


about 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

It doesn't get any better than this. What a wonderful start you made.


about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thank you so much, boulangere.


about 5 years ago Sagegreen

Simply delicious! We really don't need to do much to a great tomato, except savor it.


about 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thanks Sagegreen! Yes, hard to resist eating it straight off the plant sometimes!


about 6 years ago Kelsey Banfield

I love eating tomatoes simply like this - this looks fantastic!


about 6 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

thanks so much Kelsey! BTW, love your bio. We had the BEST summer vacation last year in Cooperstown! Enjoyed many bottles of Ommegang and cave-aged cheese.