Perfectly ripe and juicy heirloom tomatoes, in all their beautiful summer finery, need very little to bring out their intrinsic glory.
A little salt, a little pepper, and away you go.
That’s the theory behind today’s dead-simple salad.
Those colorful tomatoes, dressed simply with an olive oil vinaigrette, and made more lunch-like with some grilled cheese croutons. What could be better?
Pick the tomatoes (lucky you if you get to pick them from the yard; still lucky if you can pick them from the farmers market).
Gather the ingredients for croutons, and by croutons, I might actually mean grilled cheese sandwiches. But today they are croutons, because they will sit atop a salad. Let me have my little quirks, OK?
Cut thick slices of challah bread (or use your favorite bread). Cut slabs of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese (or use your favorite).
Slap them together and grill in a panini maker.
Let them cool just a bit before cutting into squares for croutons.
Lunch is served! Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Cheese Croutons.
You don’t really need a recipe for this…I trust you to make it to your own liking. But I’ll give you one anyway, because I like to make sure even the most inexperienced cook can be successful. I have great confidence in you…you can do it!
And if you do it, be sure to send me a picture of your creation!
Note on the cute picks
See the picks in the photos, which I have used to spear the grilled cheese croutons? I got them from Restaurantware.com , a wonderful resource for a variety of serving ware that can spice up your family table. They have a new emphasis on sustainable, eco-friendly tableware, ranging from paper goods like straws or decorated paper bags to bamboo plates and little cones and “boats” that look cute for salad. The Handmade Red Heart Bamboo Skewers  are 1,000 to a box, for $79.99. They’re 4.75 inches tall. They lend a little romantic air to a dish, and I have a few tucked away for Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, and other similar occasions. How about for a wedding, too? They’d go well spearing a little fruit kebab, or deconstructed caprese salad on a skewer, right? Let your imagination run a little wild on how to use these.
Disclosure: Kerrygold sent the cheese for recipe development. Restaurantware.com sent the picks.