Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fig-Balsamic Reduction

The classic gluten free summertime salad gets instantly fancy—and extra fabulous—with a simple drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduced with dried figs.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fig-Balsamic Reduction

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound heirloom tomatoes, mixed sizes and colors, sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese or bocconcini, torn into bite-sized chunks
  • 3 tablespoons good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Fig-Balsamic Reduction (see below)
  • Flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10 basil leaves, half intact and half thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Arrange the tomato slices in a single layer on a platter. Top with the cheese. Drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic reduction, then season with salt and pepper. Garnish with the basil and serve immediately.

Fig-Balsamic Reduction

MAKES 1/3 CUP Syrupy and seductive with intense tangy-sweet flavor, this thick sauce is magnificent with tomatoes, grilled vegetables, and chicken. It’s also an excellent ice cream topping. Store extras, airtight in the refrigerator, for up to 1 month.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried figs

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, honey, and figs and bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid has slightly thickened and reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  2. Strain the reduction through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract all of the liquid. Discard the solids and serve.

Photography Todd and Meg van der Kruik

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