Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio topped with a few beautiful pieces of burrata, fresh herbs and an oregano dressing is summer on a plate! And would be the perfect side dish for just about any main like this grilled steak, a side of salmon or a BBQ chicken!
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Why I Love This Recipe
It's a tomato girl summer and this Tomato Carpaccio is actual perfection. The beauty to this time of the year is when you find perfectly ripe tomatoes, you don't have to do much to them! They could just be seasoned with a little salt and added on toast. Or you could drizzle them with this delish vinaigrette plus some herbs and burrata and call it a day. This Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio with Burrata has been on repeat since tomato season exploded. Oh. My. Gosh. It's everything. Try this immediately. Don't forget the herbs. Everything combined together for this Tomato Carpaccio in one big bite is basically the best thing ever.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- Green Onions
- Olive Oil
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Dried Oregano
- Salt & Pepper
*For a full list of ingredients and instructions see the recipe card below
How to Make Tomato Carpaccio
Arrange the sliced tomatoes on a platter. Tear the burrata into pieces and arrange on the tomatoes or tucked in. Scatter with the herbs. Drizzle with the vinaigrette as needed. Season with salt and pepper. You can also jazz things up even more with a Sumac dressing if that's more your jam!
Tips & Tricks
When you're on the lookout for heirloom tomatoes for this Tomato Carpaccio you should look for a few things!
- they need to be slightly firm. You don't want anything too soft.
- you also want them to be fragrant, aka they need to smell LIKE A TOMATO. If they don't smell, skip them! And lastly,
- don't be afraid to go for the weirder colors like the reddish brown or green tomatoes - they are delish!
What is so special about heirloom tomatoes?
Flavor: Many people believe that heirloom tomatoes offer richer, more complex flavors compared to many commercial varieties. They often have a balance of sweetness, acidity, and tomato flavor that can be quite distinctive.
Texture: The texture of heirloom tomatoes can vary widely but often includes a more tender, juicy flesh that's less firm than many commercially grown tomatoes.
Aesthetic Appeal: Their diverse and sometimes quirky appearance can make heirloom tomatoes particularly appealing. The variations in shape, size, and color can add visual interest to dishes.
What is a heirloom tomato?
An heirloom tomato is a type of tomato that has been passed down from generation to generation, often within a family or community, preserving its unique characteristics. Unlike hybrid tomatoes, which are bred intentionally to combine certain traits, heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated, meaning they are pollinated by natural means like insects, birds, or wind.
What's the difference between heirloom tomatoes and regular tomatoes?
Heirloom Tomatoes: Known for their rich, complex, and often unique flavors, providing a wide range of taste experiences.
Regular Tomatoes: While some hybrids are bred for flavor, many are developed for uniformity, disease resistance, and long shelf life, sometimes at the expense of taste.
Heirloom Tomatoes: Come in various shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. They may have imperfections like cracks or uneven coloring.
Regular Tomatoes: Typically bred for uniformity in size, shape, and color. They are often more visually consistent but may lack the unique characteristics of heirlooms.
Shelf Life and Transport:
Heirloom Tomatoes: Tend to have a shorter shelf life and can be more prone to bruising, making them less suitable for long-distance transport.
Regular Tomatoes: Often bred for longer shelf life and sturdiness to withstand shipping and handling.
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Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio
- 4 ripe heirloom tomatoes very thinly sliced into rounds
- 1-2 balls burrata
- 1 handful small basil leaves
- 1 handful dill
- 1 handful green onions sliced
For the Dressing
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 shallot finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Arrange the sliced tomatoes on a platter. Tear the burrata into pieces and arrange on the tomatoes or tucked in. Scatter with the herbs. Drizzle with the vinaigrette as needed. Season with salt and pepper.