On a recent summer trip to Colorado for a destination wedding, my husband and I experienced a new concept – “the tomato station, or tomato bar “. The idea is to select any variety of tomato available, heirloom, beefsteak, celebrity, etc., then sprinkle with a selection of different “salts”. From there you move to the balsamic vinegar tray where, once again, you decide and then “drizzle” accordingly.
Finally, to complete the experience, garnish with freshly chopped basil and enjoy the flavors that you have combined.
Once we were back in Dallas, I copied the idea and provided an heirloom tomato tray as one of the items for a “Summer Supper” dinner party. It was the star of the menu.
Our favorite salt was the “Fleur de Sel”, which can be found at places like Central Market, and Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar from a boutique type farm in Colorado. I ordered multiple bottles from Westwood Farms.
As you can see from the picture, nature provides the most beautiful palette creating a real feast for the eyes.
Dallasites, if you don’t have tomatoes from your garden, try Central Market or Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market.