Heirloom Tomatoes with Gin, Juniper, Basil, and Black Bread
Recipe created by Jeremy Fox
Heirloom tomatoes combined with juniper, basil, gin, and black bread create an explosively flavorful salad.

This recipe is from Ubuntu's Garden-Fresh Menu.
Servings: Serves 4
  • 2 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes , cored and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup gin (must be high quality, such as No. 209 or Hendrick's)
  • 1/4 tsp. finely ground juniper berries ; available at TheSpiceHouse.com
  • 2 thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 cloves garlic , peeled and finely grated
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar , plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp. sea salt , plus more to taste
  • 1/2 bunch of basil
  • 8 thin slices pumpernickel bread
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
In a bowl, gently combine tomatoes, gin, juniper berries, shallots, garlic, vinegar, and sea salt. Pick unbruised whole leaves (about 20) from basil to reserve as a garnish; store in a cool place. Add rest of basil, including stems, to the bowl. Let tomatoes marinate for 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 225°. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil; add a pinch of sea salt. Dry in oven until crisp, about 20 minutes.

Adjust seasoning of tomatoes with more salt or balsamic vinegar to taste; break toasted bread into small pieces. To serve, divide tomatoes and bread evenly among 4 plates. Drizzle generously with olive oil, garnish with reserved basil leaves, and add salt and pepper to taste.


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