Heirloom Tomatoes and Blueberry Salad

by Anna on June 13, 2010

in Appetizer,Salads,Vegetarian

Awwww Valentine’s day… yesterday was Valentines Day in Brazil so we always celebrate twice. Sweeeeet right? Lately I’m into knives because as you probably noticed, a good honest knife saves a lot of aggravation in the kitchen. I have learned some knife skills and I have this fabulous book from Norman Weinstein called “Mastering the knife skills”. It’s a great book and it comes with a DVD. Norman Weinstein is a teacher at the Culinary institute in NY, his classes are always sold out. So I thought I had solid knife skills, but I just found out I’m ehh… not that great. So my hubby decided to give me as a Valentine’s Day gift, a really good knife. He took me to Sur La Table where this knife specialist really educated us on knives and how to use it. She was amazing, she knew everything about it and cutting the vegetables she just put me to shame. So I’ll be back training. Sigh* He gave me a Shun Classic Chef’s Knife, 8″. Wow… that baby can split hair. I hope I can keep my fingers LOL. This week also I got my delivery from CSN it was a gift cards giveaway at the Duo Dishes. Chrystal and Amir are now making some waves at the Chef’s Table. You should check them out. They are a lovely couple. And if you are trying to guess what I got at the store…. It starts with a K and ends with e. Yep! I got more knives. What to do? So to put my new baby to practice I made this very colorful salad with Heirloom tomatoes, watercress, cucumber, feta and blueberries. With mint and yogurt dressing. And no fingers were harmed in the process.

Heirloom Tomatoes and Blueberry Salad

For the Salad:

  • 2 Heirloom tomatoes sliced
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of feta cheese cubes
  • 1 bunch of watercress

For the dressing:

  • 1 small bunch of mint
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • In a food processor or blender mix all the dressing ingredients.  And serve the salad with dressing a part. It’s a really refreshing dressing. Enjoy.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn @ defunkt gourmet July 11, 2010 at 6:40 AM

oh my goodness. It has been a long time, non??? So sorry my darling.

Happy Belated 2nd Valentine’s Day! You Brazilians are definitely so lucky to celebrate twice 🙂 I guess it’s like in Chinese culture as well, we get two new years 🙂
Still so envious (but not in a mean, vindictive way) of how you live in Santa Monica and get lovely, LOVELY produce all-year round and get to visit farmers’s markets. Have yet to do so on my end of the world.
How do you come up with all this brilliance??? xoxo

Cindy June 22, 2010 at 7:47 PM

I would never have thought that blueberries and tomatoes could be used in the same salad. thanks for the recipe

Patty June 21, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Congratulations on your new knives! I need to buy myself some new knives because I, do to reckless maintenance, have destroyed a perfectly lovely (not to mention expensive) set of knives…I’ve learned a little bit more about knives since this set, so I plan to take better care in the next round. Your heirloom tomatoes are beautiful and so it your salad. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sophie June 20, 2010 at 6:50 AM

A delightful salad!! So fresh & you have used grand ingredients!

Very fresh, tasty & superb!

CC Recipe June 17, 2010 at 10:57 AM

The colors are outstanding together, this salad looks wonderfully delicious, too!

Mary June 16, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Wow! Beautiful color, pictures and presentation! I can’t wait to try this dish this summer!

Delightful Bitefuls

Erica June 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Oooh, this looks so tempting! Glad you didn’t cut your fingers, because I am waiting for a painting from you 😉 . beautiful dish and pictures as usual!!!!

Anna June 16, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Thanks Carrie you have a lovely blog, love your wedding picture. 😀

Anna June 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Thank you so much Amanda, you are a doll for think about my blog. Sorry to hear that you made a bubu with your shun, I’m very scared of that knife. You have to keep your fingers out of the way. Use “the claw” technique. 😀

Carrie June 16, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Wow, beautiful! I’ve never seen a salad like this. It sounds like such a unique flavor combination. So gorgeous!

The Cilantropist June 15, 2010 at 10:51 PM

This looks incredible, I am drooling and dying waiting for the heirloom tomatoes to look their best at my local farmers market!

And on the topic of knives, a good knife will definitely save you aggravation in the kitchen, but also slice right through a finger. I tangled with my own 8 inch Shun Santoku this weekend and the result was painful. 🙁

On a more happy note, I left you an award over on my blog!

sweetlife June 15, 2010 at 8:09 PM

beautiful salad,love the dressing…never thought to pair tomatoes with blueberries.. now that you did, it has me craving the combo..


Winnie June 15, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Oh my goodness…I LOVE this! The photos are amazing and the salad combination sounds fantastic!

Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective June 15, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Marvelous, marvelous, marvelous! I can just imagine how fabulous this tastes. And the creamy mint dressing…MMMMMM!

Cook with Madin June 15, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Wow, Aren’t these lovely combination. I gotta make this salad. Just gorgeous.
I agree with you on the knife theory.

Debi(Table Talk) June 15, 2010 at 12:51 PM

The dressing has some nice tang to it and I’m sure would be really nice with the sweet blueberries, and so pretty with the tomatoes. Love it!

Anna June 15, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Thanks Priscilla, loved your poppy seeds muffins. They look awesome. 😀

Anna June 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Thanks Kim. Have a nice week.

Anna June 15, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Thanks Ana, You banana tart looks fabulous. 😀

Anna June 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Hi Mika, I really like it. and it comes with DVD. I tried to go to his classes when I was living in NY but it was always sold out. So the book was a good option. 😀

Alina June 15, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Beautiful presentation, and what an innovative idea of adding blueberries!

Patty Price June 15, 2010 at 9:59 AM

What a beautiful salad, I love your photos!

She's Cookin' June 15, 2010 at 8:21 AM

I can taste the flavors just gazing at your beautiful photographs! A beautiful summer salad!

Kim June 15, 2010 at 6:48 AM

Yet another amazing looking recipe of yours! This is a beautiful salad, and your photos are just gorgeous. I can’t wait to try it myself.

dokuzuncubulut June 14, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Lovely recipe. Simple and healthy…

Mika June 14, 2010 at 10:13 PM

So that book is a useful book?
I’d like to improve my cutting skills too…I’m not very good…I saw that book once on amazon but I was not sure about it…

5 Star Foodie June 14, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I love the idea of pairing heirloom tomatoes and blueberries! A gorgeous salad!

Baking Serendipity June 14, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Fruit is one of my favorite additions to salads. This is a great recipe!

Juliana June 14, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Anna, what a pretty salad…so summery…colorful and great combination of flavors 🙂

Marly June 14, 2010 at 11:08 AM

What a healthy looking salad. I’m not a big fan of raw tomatoes but this summer I’ve decided to give them a try again. I’d like to see if I could foster at least some tolerance for them. In the past I wouldn’t even touch anything that had come into contact with a raw tomato. We’ll see. But I love blueberries and the dressing looks very yummy too. Thanks for the recipe!

sensiblecooking June 14, 2010 at 10:26 AM

So simple and vibrant with colors. I wanted to plant some of heirloom tomatoes this season but didn’t do it. Looking at your recipe kind of regretting that. But our local farmers market started from this Saturday so no worries.

viviane bauquet farre / food & style June 14, 2010 at 7:20 AM

There’s nothing like a ripe heirloom tomato to test new knives and new knife skills. Beautiful recipe and photos… It’s making me yearn for heirloom tomato season… I’ll just have to be patient for another 6 weeks!

Katty's Kitchen June 14, 2010 at 3:29 AM

What gorgeous colors! Mmmmmmmmmmm.

Miranda June 14, 2010 at 3:11 AM

Very unique! I would love to try it! It has a lot of my favorites!!!

Food Lover June 14, 2010 at 1:19 AM

Sounds really yummy 🙂

The Housewife June 13, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Very pretty pictures and looks so tasty too! I agree with the knives theory. As newlyweds, we’d received a knife block and I still have it till today. I hate it with a vengeance! I’m planning to throw it out and invest in some good quality knives because I think it’s the foundation of every kitchen.

penny aka jeroxie June 13, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Beautiful! the colours and the fresh flavours.

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