Tyler’s Ultimate Tomato Salads

by in View All Posts, August 25th, 2010
Tomato Salad Tyler’s Heirloom Tomato Chow-Chow

Summer FestWe’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Tyler Florence has a knack for creating the “ultimate” stand-by dishes. With tomatoes at their peak, I decided to tap his culinary know-how for farm-stand inspiration.

Heirloom Tomato Chow-Chow
Tyler add lots of spices to his Chow-Chow, a pickled, mustard-flavored relish perfect for picnic spreads.

Cherry Tomatoes with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing
Fresh tomatoes are transformed into a decadent side, dressed with creamy, buttermilk blue cheese dressing.

salad Fresh tomatoes dressed with Tyler’s creamy blue cheese dressing.

Simple Caprese Salad
Tomatoes, basil and mozzarella — it doesn’t get much simpler or fresher than this.

Bonus: Tyler’s Fried Green Tomatoes How-To

Catch more Tyler, Sundays at 9pm/8c and Wednesdays at 8pm/7c on his exciting new show, The Great Food Truck Race.

More Tomatoes with Friends and Family:

Past Summer Fest Picks:
Paula’s Perfect Peach Cobbler, The “Other” Summer Greens, FN Chefs’ Creamed Corn-Off and Paula’s Best Zucchini Bread.

Join the conversation on twitter at #summerfood.

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Comments (34)

  1. i cannot wait for tyler's restaurant to open here in napa! i posted my recipe for slow roasted tomatoes and gott's roadside http://www.napafarmhouse1885.blogspot.com/ restaurant's version of gazpacho

  2. Leah says:

    Yay! It’s finally Tomato Week! I’m celebrating all week by posting some new tomato recipe discoveries as well as some old family faves. Yesterday, I began with Neely’s Chicken Salad in Tomato Cups:

    In the upcoming days I’ll have Ina Garten’s Scalloped Tomatoes, Paula Deen’s Tomato Pie and my own take on Caprese Salad. I sure have enjoyed playing along with all the Summer Fest 2010 participants. I also learned a lot of useful info for my garden next summer. Thank you Margaret for creating this event!

  3. Winnie says:


    My contribution to "tomato week" is here:

  4. Nancy says:

    Wow – that blue cheese buttermilk idea sounds amazing. Our favorite salad of late is this tomato, goat cheese and basil salad – simple, quick and very, very good http://guinnah.blogspot.com/2010/08/tomato-goat-c

  5. Laura says:

    Chow chow sounds good.

    Here's my summerfest contribution, green tomato pie http://sweetsavoryplanet.blogspot.com/2010/08/gre

  6. Veggie Belly says:

    I made tomato and roasted red pepper gazpacho with creme fraiche

  7. Divina says:

    am loving all the inspiration!

    was great to participate with all of you!

  8. Katheryn says:

    Tyler: I am apending the Thanksgiving holiday with my 95 year old dad, I wanted to make him your Bannana Merangepumpkin Pie. I watched the Ultimate Thanksgiving show , tommorow I leave can you please share the recipe. Thank you so much Katheryn

  9. I8U_U8Me2 says:


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