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Tomato and Goat-Cheese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette


Nothing compares with the juiciness of summer tomatoes; celebrate their flavor and color in this tomato-centric salad.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2008


  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 3 medium tomatoes, cored and sliced crosswise 1 inch thick


  1. In a blender, combine basil, oil, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon water. Blend until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

  2. With dental floss or a warm knife (wiped clean after each slice), thinly slice cheese. Arrange tomatoes and goat cheese on a serving plate; drizzle with dressing to taste. Serve garnished with basil leaves.

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  • MS10233293
    6 AUG, 2012
    Nice alternative to the more common tomato/mozzarella combination. The dressing is basically a basil vinaigrette. Mine turned out a lot thinner than the picture shows - even before I added the tablespoon of water. I packed my basil in, but I guess not as much as they did. I didn't mind it thinner, but it tended to run off the tomatoes. I would suggest testing it before adding the tablespoon of water and adding a lot of basil.