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Cherry Tomato, Bacon and Basil Salad

5 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
6 slices lean, thick bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves, plus 6 basil sprigs for garnish
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

In a bowl or container, toss together the tomatoes, bacon and chopped basil until the mixture is combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, salt and pepper and olive oil to combine. Pour the dressing over the tomato mixture, toss the salad lightly until it is coated well with the dressing. Garnish servings with basil sprigs. Serves 6.

Thursday, September 23, 1999

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