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For many of you, some early memories of your mom involve seeing her hands in the rich, earthy soil, helping cultivate delicious fruits & veggies for your dinner table.  If she’s one that loves gardening and appreciates the simplicity and wholeness of fresh food, we’ve got a simple, yet stunning fresh salad that is sure to leave a big impact.  Her taste buds will sing for joy and she might even want seconds. 

Heirloom Caprese with Arugula & Walnut Pesto
 
*recipe courtesy of Executive Chef Katherine Haycox-Case
Ingredients:
3 Heirloom Tomatoes – remove brown stem with a jagged edged strawberry huller and slice 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick (choose different colors for a visual treat!)
1 Mozzarella Ovoline – sliced 1/8″ thick top to bottom
1 8 oz. container AG Ferrari Arugula Walnut Pesto
2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 t Maldon’s Smoked Sea Salt

Directions:
1) Layer tomatoes and ovoline onto a white platter or onto individual salad plates.  You can lay down a bed of fresh arugula first if you want some greens in there!
2)  Spoon pesto directly onto plate.  Drizzle EVOO over tomatoes.
3) Sprinkle Maldon onto tomatoes and serve.

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We have an abundance of fresh heirloom tomatoes in our stores right now.  Not only are their colors beautiful to look at, they’re also good for you.  If you’re looking for a way to keep your 2012 resolution of eating more veggies, we have the perfect recipe for you. 

Heirloom Tomato Salad
Serves 6 to 8

8-10 Heirloom tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 C diced sweet onion or purple onion
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1 T chopped fresh basil
2 T red wine vinegar
3 T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 to 1 t salt, or to taste
1/4 t fresh ground pepper

To prepare, cut cores from tomatoes, then slice each tomato into 8 to 10 wedges.  Combine with remaining ingredients in a large bowl, then toss to blend well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve on salad greens if desired.

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