Leeks with Tomato Vinaigrette

In this delicious take on leeks vinaigrette from Jacques Pépin, fresh tomato and a little Worcestershire sauce punch up the classic dressing. Slideshow: More Leek Recipes 

Total Time:
30 mins


  • 4 medium leeks (1 1/4 pounds), white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise

  • 1 large tomato

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Add the leeks to the pan cut side down, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the leeks are tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 15 minutes. Transfer the leeks to a paper towel–lined plate to drain, then arrange cut side up on a platter.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Fill a medium bowl with ice and water. Using a sharp paring knife, mark an X on the bottom of the tomato. Add it to the saucepan and blanch just until the skin starts to peel, about 30 seconds. Transfer the tomato to the ice bath to cool. Peel, halve and seed the tomato; cut it into 1/4-inch dice.

  3. In a small bowl, toss the tomato with the olive oil, vinegar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the tomato dressing over the leeks and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Pair this simple leek dish with a citrusy, dry Provençal rosé.

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