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Farm Fresh: Summer tomato salad a taste of France

Thursday, August 09, 2001

By Arlene Burnett, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

From France to your table.

PG Food receives many e-mails from the Tri-State area. But recently we received one from Europe -- sent by Alison Kerr Bonomi in France. Here's an excerpt:

"A native of McMurray, I now follow the PG Online from the west coast of France. I've lived in France for the past 8 1/2 years, the past 7 in La Rochelle, on the Atlantic coast.

"During my senior year at Allegheny College I met a charming young French TA (teaching assistant); to make a long story short, here I am in France, married with children.

"I am very interested in recipes and food, and wanted to share the following summer standard.

"This is a favorite of my French husband and his family."

Salade de tomates a la Francaise

4 or 5 vine-ripened tomatoes
2 green onions
1/2 cup cubed chevre or feta cheese

Chopped fresh parsley, to taste
Cured black olives, optional
Pepper, to taste

Cut the tomatoes into quarters.Thinly slice the green onion. Place into a large bowl. Add the cheese. Pour the vinaigrette over salad and toss. Garnish with parsley and olives if so desired. Add freshly ground cracked pepper to taste.

Julien's Vinaigrette

1 to 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper. to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together mustard and vinegar until mustard is dissolved. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly, and (this is important) without changing direction.

If you have a fruit or vegetable that you would like to see featured, please call food editor Suzanne Martinson at 412-263-1760 or e-mail us at aburnett@post-gazette.com or bkline@post-gazette.com. We're also looking for easy-to-make, quick recipes that highlight the fabulous flavors of fresh produce. Send to Farm Fresh, PG Food, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

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