This is the first year I have actually had success growing my own tomatoes! The past two years I have attempted to grow the tomato plants in my garden, but the overabundance of sand in our backyard was not helpful. I tried growing the plants in containers this year and finally got the hang of it! The plants have been producing a ton the past couple of weeks and I have been trying to find new ways of using the tomatoes. I found this simple Lemon Dijon Dressing to top tomato slices and it is perfect for a light salad. I made the dressing in advance and stored it in the refrigerator until I was ready to use it. Make sure to stir the dressing before pouring, since it will separate a little as it sits.
I used Lemon Boy and German Queen tomatoes from my garden, but you can use whatever you have available.
Tomato Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing
Adapted from Daily Squeeze
1/4 cup lemon juice (~1 1/2 lemons)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste, about a pinch of each
4 medium tomatoes, sliced (~1/4 inch thick)
Basil leaves for garnish
Lemon slices for garnish
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
On a serving platter or among individual plates, arrange the tomato slices. Alternate the slices if the tomatoes are different colors.
Whisk the salad dressing briefly to re-incorporate and pour over the tomato slices.
Serve immediately garnished with basil leaves and lemon slices.