When Fanny Singer makes this salad, she remembers her mom, Alice Waters, taking her to spend the Japanese New Year with the Chinos, a San Diego farm family that has been growing heirloom tomatoes for Berkeley's Chez Panisse forever. Fanny's twist on the restaurant recipe is to add shallots treated two ways: marinated in vinegar and fried to make a rich, salty garnish.
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3 large shallots (1/2 pound), sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick and separated
into rings, plus 1 small shallot, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup canola oil
3 1/2 pounds assorted ripe tomatoes, sliced, or halved if cherry
Small basil leaves, for garnishing
How to Make It
In a small bowl, combine the minced shallot with the vinegar and let stand for at least 5 minutes. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Add half of the sliced shallots and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shallots to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Repeat with the remaining sliced shallots.
Spread the tomatoes on a large platter, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Scatter the fried shallots and basil leaves over the tomatoes and serve.
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