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"I've teamed up tomatoes with one of their best friends, an avocado," explains Sara Moulton, star of "Sara's Weeknight Meals." "But, come to think of it, tomatoes have many best friends. Certainly, there isn't a fresh green herb that doesn't play nicely with tomatoes. That includes the prescribed mint here, as well as basil, cilantro, chives, oregano, dill, parsley and tarragon." She calls this salad her "ode to the tomato," and it also includes thinly sliced serrano chiles, which provide a jolt of heat to counterbalance the tomatoes' sweetness, chopped toasted peanuts and a light, but gutsy ginger-tomato vinaigrette. It's an unusual and refreshing combination that Rach says is "gorgeous!"
Not surprisingly, Sara has a bunch of tips to share about all-things tomato, and this recipe:
You can watch her on "Sara's Weeknight Meals" on Public Television.
For another recipe and more tips from Sara, check out her Eggs Benedict with Asparagus and Foolproof Bearnaise Sauce.
For the dressing, combine the tomato, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, oil and soy sauce in blender and puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
For the salad, lightly salt the sliced tomatoes and let them drain on a rack for 20 minutes. Toss the chopped tomatoes with salt and drain in a colander for 20 minutes.
Arrange alternating slices of the large tomatoes, patted dry, and the avocado on a platter and season them lightly with salt and pepper. Drizzle the sliced tomatoes and avocado with most of the dressing and top them evenly with the chopped tomatoes. Season the chopped tomatoes lightly with pepper and scatter the serrano slices, mint and peanuts evenly on top. Serve the remaining dressing on the side.