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Tomato Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette, Capers, and Basil


A salad that simple requires the finest ingredients to make it shine.

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  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 large ripe beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2" slices
  • 2 tablespoons rinsed salt-packed capers
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 fresh medium basil leaves, torn into approx. 1/2" pieces


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Step 1

Combine shallots, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and sugar in a small bowl.
Gradually whisk in oil to blend.

Set vinaigrette aside.

Arrange tomatoes on a large platter. S

Sprinkle capers over; season with salt and peppers.

Scatter basil on top.

Whisk vinaigrette again; drizzle over salad.


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