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Tomato-Basil Salad with Thyme Vinaigrette

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Servings: 6
For us, the marriage of tomatoes and basil makes life better-no matter what else is going on. This salad is especially good in the summertime, when tomatoes are at their best. We prefer frisée, which is tart and crunchy, but use another green if you like.


  • 4 ripe unblemished summer tomatoes (about 1 pound)
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 small bunches frisée (curly endive), rinsed and spun dry
  • 12 large basil leaves, torn into pieces
  • 18 kalamata or gaeta pitted olives, rinsed and halved
  • pinch of sea salt, optional


  • Core the tomatoes and slice them into thin wedges. Transfer to a glass bowl.
  • Rinse the onion slices under cool, running water to remove their sharpness. Set aside to dry on paper towels. Add to the bowl with the tomatoes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and thyme. (This vinaigrette keeps for up to 2 days if covered and refrigerated.)
  • Add the frisée, basil leaves, and olives to the bowl with the tomatoes. Toss and dress with the vinaigrette. Season with salt, if desired. Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of The Pump Energy Food by Steve Kapelonis and Elena Kapelonis. Copyright © 2005 Steve Kapelonis and Elena Kapelonis. All Rights Reserved. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 105
  Calories from Fat 87 (83%)
(15%)Total Fat 10g
(5%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(8%)Sodium 183mg
(4%)Potassium 142mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
(5%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(1%)Protein 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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