i love re-creating dishes that i have eaten while at a restaurant or even that i've seen a photo of somewhere. i saw this on the front of a magazine when i was at the airport, and i had to invent a way to make that dish!
also, i love tomatoes. and that's another reason why i'm making it.
also, i love heirloom tomatoes even more.
also, i love how colorful this dish is.
also, i love that this is a cold dish, and i enjoyed it on a hot summer day.
also, it tastes good. real good.
okay, i just like everything about this dish.
(also, this recipe has cheese, and though i usually don't eat cheese, every once in a while i like to have it as a treat.)
heirloom tomato napoleon
2 cups grated parmesan
2 tbsp finely minced red onion
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/8 tsp sea salt
2 cups arugula leaves
1/2 cup basil, chopped
20 slices of heirloom tomatoes of all colors and sizes (about 3 lbs)
12-15 various cherry tomatoes, halved
1. pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. line baking sheet with parchment paper, spread grated parmesan over the entire surface of the sheet.
3. bake cheese until light brown, anywhere from 10-15 minutes.
4. let cool, then break into about 16 pieces (about 3 inches wide).
5. in small bowl, whisk together the minced onion, apple cider vinegar, mustard, olive oil, and salt.
6. in large bowl, mix together the arugula, 1/4 cup of the basil, and half of the vinaigrette mixture.
7. arrange the salad evenly among 4 plates.
8. alternate the heirloom tomatoes and parmesan crisps on top of salad mixture, with 5 slices tomato and 4 parmesan crisps on each plate.
9. arrange the cherry tomatoes around each napoleon on each plate.
10. with the remaining vinaigrette mixture, drizzle on top of each napoleon (about 1/2 tbsp each).
11. with the remaining basil, sprinkle on top of each napoleon (about 1 tbsp each).
12. serve and enjoy!
- serves 4...if you didn't already get that. :)
- keep an eye on the parmesan, as the thickness of the cheese and your oven can make cook time differ greatly.
- i used a pizza cutter to help me cut the parmesan into crisps after baking.
hope you enjoy this on a hot summer day!