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Pickled Green Tomato Salad


Tomato Salad with Pickled Green Tomatoes

We're willing to bet you haven't had whey sauce before. It's easy to make and complements the tang of pickled green tomatoes nicely. Plus, you get fresh homemade ricotta to use in another dish.

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For the pickled green tomatoes

  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 1/2 Cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons salt
  • 6 Ounces dill
  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 green tomatoes, quartered

For the whey sauce

  • 4 Cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 Tablespoon salt

For the salad

  • 1/2 Cup whey sauce
  • 6 medium-sized heirloom tomatoes, cut into sixths
  • 3 peaches, pitted and sliced thinly
  • 3 Thai chile peppers, sliced thinly
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 Cup roughly chopped dill, for garnish
  • 2 slices pumpernickel bread, toasted and crumbled


For the pickled green tomatoes

Combine all of the ingredients except for the tomatoes in a saucepot and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Place the tomatoes in a container deep enough so that they will be completely submerged when the liquid is added.

Once the liquid reaches a boil, pour over the tomatoes. Place the container in the refrigerator and let cool in the liquid. Once cooled, the tomatoes are ready to use. 

For the whey sauce

Place the milk in a saucepot and slowly heat to 185 degrees. Then, slowly stir in the vinegar over the heat — the milk should break and form ricotta cheese. Remove from the heat and let cool for 15 minutes and strain through cheesecloth.

Remove the ricotta cheese from the cheesecloth and reserve for another use. Take the whey that has been strained and place in a blender. Turn on slow speed to create a vortex and slowly add the xanthan gum to thicken the whey into a sauce consistency. Season with the salt and chill in the refrigerator.

For the salad

Cut the pickled tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. Set out 6 plates and spread a thin layer of the whey sauce all over the bottom of each plate. Place the pickled green tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, peaches, Thai chile peppers, and olive oil in a mixing bowl and toss. Season with salt, to taste. 

Spoon the mixture neatly on top of the whey sauce. Garnish the dish with the dill and pumpernickel. Serve immediately.