Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula
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large ripe heirloom tomatoes
soft fresh goat cheese
(cut into wheels)
shelled roasted pistachios
arugula or 4cups baby spinach
extra-virgin olive oil
aged balsamic vinegar
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
cherry or grape tomatoes
Thinly slice tomatoes and arrange on plates in an overlapping fashion, forming a ring
Season tomatoes with salt and pepper and drizzle lightly with some of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. (reserve some dressing for arugula)
Press wheels of well chilled goat cheese into the chopped pistachios, covering both sides.
Place arugula into a small bowl and toss gently with the olive oil, juice of the lemon, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
Place approximately one cup of the arugula salad into the center of the tomatoes
Top arugula with pistachio goat cheese, garnishing with sliced cherry tomatoes, if desired.
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
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