Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad

29 | July 22, 2013

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad insockmonkeyslippers.com

Tomatoes are synonymous with summer but someone forgot to tell my tomato plants that! Not one single tomato has popped out and I’m left with a garden of green fruitless plants.  It might have something to do with the fact that I procrastinated (no surprise there) and planted insanely late this year. I’m not an expert gardener. If I can grow one pepper a year I’m happy. As Ouiser Boudreaux says in Steel Magnolias, “We’re supposed to wear funny looking hats and ugly clothes and grow vegetables in the dirt” — so I’ll keep at it until I’m old and gray and can’t bend my knees anymore. Then I’ll just hire a shirtless college guy to do it. Shooting for a fall crop is the best I can do this late in the game but it doesn’t stop me from buying a gorgeous tomato when I see it!

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad insockmonkeyslippers.com

If you have a chance to get a sweet heirloom tomato fresh from the farmer’s market, grab it! I have a serious love affair with these little gems every summer. Juicy, sweet, and fresh, these tomatoes combined with salty bacon, bright tangy red wine vinegar, blue cheese, and basil make for a delicious and beautiful summer salad. This plate screams summer! Without even realizing I could finish this whole plate by myself with only a drop of tomato juice left on the plate as evidence.

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad serves 4 to 6

  • 5 to 6 medium heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels (1 ear of corn)
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles, optional
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped or chiffonade

tomato

With a knife, slice the tomatoes into 1/2″ thick slices. Arrange the tomatoes on a large plate. On top of the tomatoes, evenly sprinkle corn, bacon, red onion, and blue cheese.

red wine

In a bowl briskly whisk together the red wine vinegar and olive oil until combined.

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad insockmonkeyslippers.com

Pour the vinaigrette evenly over the salad. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and garnish with basil. Serve immediately.

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad insockmonkeyslippers.com

This salad pairs amazingly with grilled foods! Try it with Grilled Shrimp with Lemon Aioli, Grilled Lobster Tails, or these delicious Firecracker Shrimp.

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 13 minutes

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon Summer Salad

Juicy, sweet, and fresh, these tomatoes combined with salty bacon, bright tangy red wine vinegar, blue cheese, and basil make for a delicious and beautiful summer salad.

Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 medium heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn kernels (1 ear of corn)
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles, optional
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped or chiffonade

Instructions

  1. With a knife, slice the tomatoes into 1/2? thick slices. Arrange the tomatoes on a large plate. On top of the tomatoes, evenly sprinkle corn, bacon, red onion, and blue cheese.
  2. In a bowl briskly whisk together the red wine vinegar and olive oil until combined.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette evenly over the salad. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and garnish with basil. Serve immediately.
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    Comments

  • Arthur in the Garden!


    Wonderful!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist


    This salad is insanely beautiful

  • Paula - bell'alimento


    I just put my face to the screen. It didn’t work. I’m coming over.

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain


    I’m not much of a gardener either. The only reason we have a garden is because of the hubs. This salad is gorgeous!And now I really want to watch Steel Magnolias!

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      lol! In a good shoe, I wear a size six, but a seven feels so good, I buy a size eight!

  • harper ellison


    gorgeous!

  • Mark


    This is the most beautiful shot! I’ve marked this recipe down for a dinner we are having this weekend. Can’t wait!

  • Megan


    This is beyond gorgeous!

  • Bonnie


    Made this last night. What a beautiful presentation. My husband was impressed. Made me look like quite the gourmet!
    The salad was fantastic. Such an amazing combination of flavors & textures….working together perfectly! This is a keeper! Especially during Jersey corn season! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      Yea! glad you liked it! I’m making it again tonight I love it so much. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Janna


    This looks like another one I can do! Making it this weekend! I’m so excited thank you for the step by step! It makes it so much easier

  • Suzy


    Love, love, love this salad. We’ve already made it 3 times. Served it tonight with smoked paprika and garlic grilled gulf shrimp. Yum!

  • Laura


    Delicious! Can’t wait to try this when we grill!

  • Julie


    I’ve made this again last night for my book club. I should have made double becasue everyone wanted seconds. I love this! Thank you!

  • Jeannie


    I made this salad for dinner tonight and it was so colorful and delicious! Great recipe!

  • Ali S


    Just made this and it was amazing. Can you believe there was no fresh basil at my grocery store? Used dried but still really amazing!

  • One Fabulous Mom


    Wow that is amaze balls!!!

  • One Fabulous Mom


    Amazing!!

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