Heirloom Tomato Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella and Toasted Pine Nuts

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella and Toasted Pine Nuts
Staff Writer
Daniel Humm

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Chef Daniel Humm creates a fancy version of this salad at his award-winning restaurant Eleven Madison Park, but this recipe dresses it down to make it easy for you to serve at your next summer gathering.

8
Servings
504
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

This recipe was adapted from the "On the Road" picnic menu created by Mercedes-Benz and James Beard Award-winning chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park. Inspired by the new 2013 SL Roadster, Humm’s menu offers a unique selection of innovative recipes to accompany drivers as they hit the open road.

Ingredients

  • 10 Ounces buffalo mozzarella
  • 2 large red heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 large yellow heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 large green heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 Cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon salt, plus extra to taste
  • 1/2 Cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • 8 leaves basil

Directions

Gently cut the buffalo mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes into ½-inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Set aside.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the 1 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil, the vinegar, and the 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Reserve 1/4 cup for the salad, and store and refrigerate the rest for later use. 

In a sauté or frying pan over low heat, lightly toast the minced garlic and pine nuts in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Continue to stir the garlic and nuts so that they toast evenly and do not burn. When done, remove from heat and pour into a glass mixing bowl immediately. Toss the pine nuts with the grated Parmesan cheese and a few pinches of sea salt. Add the pine nut mixture to the tomatoes and mozzarella and then toss with the white balsamic vinaigrette. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve.

 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
49g
70%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
42mg
14%
Carbohydrate, by difference
2g
2%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
10µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
10µg
11%
Calcium, Ca
75mg
8%
Choline, total
9mg
2%
Folate, total
8µg
2%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
43mg
13%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
206mg
29%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
184mg
12%
Water
27g
1%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Heirloom Tomato Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Heirloom Tomato Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.