Tomato Salad with Crispy Shallots
- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 6
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.
- 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
- 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.