Creole Tomato Salad

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Warm Vinaigrette
  • 2 oz Applewood smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Shallot, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 Creole tomatoes, cut into ¼” slices
  • 6 cups Spring mix salad greens
  • ½ lb Ricotta Salata cheese


To Prepare Vinaigrette: Cook bacon in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove bacon from pan using a slotted spoon and place in a stainless steel bowl. Add butter to the same sauté pan and cook until butter is golden brown and begins to smell nutty. Pour butter into a separate stainless steel bowl and cool for about 5-10 minutes. Add the vinegar, honey, shallot and mustard to the bowl with the bacon. Whisk to combine. Slowly whisk in the oil, then the browned butter. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Keep vinaigrette warm.

To Assemble Salads: Arrange three slices of tomato on the base of each salad plate (do not chill plates). Toss the salad greens with the warm vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. Mound the vinaigrette-dressed greens on top of the tomato slices.  Using a vegetable peeler, shave cheese over salads. Serve immediately.

Serves 6-8

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