Father's Day

Greenmarket Tomatoes with Basil Emulsion and Whole Wheat Country Loaf

August 23, 2009
2 Ratings
  • Serves One (can be easily doubled)
Author Notes

This was my first ever recipe submission to food52, back in 2009:

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. —mrslarkin

What You'll Need
  • 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 of Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt)
  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.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • pidgeon92
  • boulangere
  • Sagegreen
  • Kelsey Banfield
    Kelsey Banfield
  • mrslarkin

7 Reviews

pidgeon92 September 16, 2014
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.
boulangere June 26, 2011
It doesn't get any better than this. What a wonderful start you made.
mrslarkin June 26, 2011
Thank you so much, boulangere.
Sagegreen July 26, 2010
Simply delicious! We really don't need to do much to a great tomato, except savor it.
mrslarkin July 26, 2010
Thanks Sagegreen! Yes, hard to resist eating it straight off the plant sometimes!
Kelsey B. August 24, 2009
I love eating tomatoes simply like this - this looks fantastic!
mrslarkin August 25, 2009
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.