For Your Next Summertime Picnic

Layered Tomato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

Fresh tomatoes, totally ripe – the very essence of summer.

Serves 12

½ cup  olive oil

½ cup wine vinegar

8 fresh basil leaves or 2 teaspoons dry

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

1 teaspoon salt

1.2 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon sugar

12 large tomatoes, thickly sliced

3 sweet onions, such as Walla Walla or Vidalia, sliced and separated into rings

3 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated (optional)

Make the dressing: combine oil, vinegar, basil, parsley, salt, mustard and sugar and mix well.Layer the tomatoes and onions in large bowl (clear glass makes a pretty presentation), pour dressing over all, and marinate at least 4 hours. Serve on large lettuce leaves, and add grated cheese, if desired.

From The Complete Herb Book

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