Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nectarine and Heirloom Tomato Salad

I have this hi-tech system for saving recipes that I want to make in the future. It's called ripping them out of magazines and shoving them in a binder. Genius, right? I subscribe to so many magazines, and once a month after reading them, I flip through and tear out and recipes I want to try, sometimes I just tear out the photos though, and leave myself with no clue as to which magazine it came from. Some magazines are smart and put the name next to the page number, but not all. This magazine was one of them!
Since I only had a photo to work from, I had to kind of go with it and make it my own. I did keep the two obvious ingredients - nectarines and heirloom tomatoes, but the rest was a mystery. It looked like a sprinkle of some cheese on top, some red onions, herbs and a dressing. I decided to put this on a bed of lettuce rather than just arrange it on a plate. I topped it with crumbled feta to balance out the sweetness of the nectarines, but goat cheese would be a great substitution!
For the dressing, I went with a simple honey mustard, but the recipe looked like a balsamic vinaigrette because of the purple-ish tint. It's all about what you can do with what you have, and this made a delicious salad to pair with the previous grain pilaf!

Nectarine and Heirloom Tomato Salad

1 head of romaine lettuce, or any mixed greens
1 nectarine, sliced
2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1/4 cup red onion slivers
2 tbsp. feta cheese crumbles
2 tbsp. honey dijon dressing, recipe follows

Honey Dijon Dressing:
2 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 tbsp. minced tarragon
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp. greek or regular plain yogurt
2 tbsp. EVOO

Whisk together all ingredients, taste and adjust seasonings (these are all approximations, your tastes may require more or less of a certain ingredient).

Arrange salad in a shallow bowl or platter, drizzle with dressing and serve.


Sophie @ yumventures said...

I have a habit of copying an pasting recipes from websites into emails, but not copying the link! Then I can never find them again. I guess thats what makes us have to be creative :)

Dawn said...

Well yours looks delicious! (And I love your high tech system...hehhe)

Kelly said...

Yours looks delicious. I have a similar system but I also have a recipe software program that I use as well. It takes time to type everything in, but makes it so much easier to search through later.

Joanne said...

Maybe you can backtrack. Figure out which magazines DON'T put the name next to the number. Or just throw caution to the wind. The second way seems more fun,.

Love the combination of this with the honey mustard. Good choices all around!