Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tomato and Lemongrass Salad

I cling to old issues of Gourmet Magazine as I would to a life raft from the Titanic. Wait, I'm not that old. Let's make it the Andrea Doria. O.K., I'm not that old either. Let's just make it a life raft!! I have them organized into months. I pulled out the August 1993 issue for some ideas for the boy's visit. I should mention that our two boys are not picky eaters. There are few things they won't try. Beets are one of the things that cause the "are you trying to do me in look"! They are both excellent cooks so it's fun to try dishes that cause a "wow" reaction on first taste and a request for the recipe.

Our first course last evening had a lot to do with the fact that we have enough tomatoes on hand to open a ketchup factory!

Gourmet, August 1993 with a tweak by Bonnie

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped lemongrass (I found jarred at Whole Foods)
4 shallots, minced
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1 garlic clove, minced
cayenne to taste
a mixture of tomatoes to equal about six medium sized tomatoes. As you can see, I used many different colors of tomatoes for a beautiful presentation.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemongrass, shallots, lemon juice and zest, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the dressing over the tomatoes and let the salad stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Serves 6, or two hungry men and one hungry lady.



  1. This looks so refreshing! Yummm!!
    Ladybug Creek

  2. Really beautiful and sounds lovely! I have never seen lemongrass in a jar go figure that Whole Foods would have that.

    My old copies of culinary magazines are all stacked in a big frightening tower on my bookshelf.

  3. I know what you mean; one of my son is a chef and I love to try a new recipe to show off when he comes to dinner. I gave hime lots of my magazines. Those tomatoes look fantastic.

  4. I love tomatos and these look amazingly good to me. love ketchup also. I don't know what lemongrass is so i am headed to google to find out. can you tell i am not a cook?

  5. Oh how I love all those pretty coloured tomatoes, what a beautiful salad.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. would love to try a chicago pizza one day. I can totally do a deep dish pizza :D

  6. I am back and now know what lemongrass is, i even found a video showing it and how to use it. learn something new every day

  7. What a refreshing looking salad, I love tomatoes. Gourmet was my favorite magazine. I loved it not just for it's great recipes but it's travel articles. I always search out copies when I'm at the Friends of the Library; they're only a quarter so why not!

    Sushi was awesome as usual and the movie was surprisingly great!


  8. It looks so good. I wish our garden had produced like that this year. :-(

  9. Hi Bonnie! Oh, yum! This looks so delicious! Now get all organized - I'm dying to see your kitchen! :) Oh, and if it's not asking too much, could you have a few little finger foods ready for all of us? :)
    Be a sweetie.
    Shelia :)

  10. I love all of your colors of tomatoes in that salad! It's so nice to have such a variety available now. Isn't it fun to feed your kids once they're grown and really appreciate it?

  11. The salad looks wonderful and very fresh. Great recipe.

  12. Before I read your text, upon a quick glance I thought this was sea glass or jewels of some kind. Way too pretty to eat!

  13. If you have fresh, home-grown tomatoes, there is just nothing to compare with them! I know, made up in this recipe, they would be outstanding!

    You are welcome to dinner anytime! ;) Without even having to trade a tour plan!

  14. What a great way to eat the wonderful tomatoes that are in season right now! I would love the flavor of lemongrass....YUMMY! ♥

  15. Those beautiful little tomatoes would be even more delicious with lemongrass. I love all the things that Whole Foods has to offer. Another wonderful post!

  16. This looks so lovely and healthy! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Yum, this sounds delicious. I love the old issues of Gourmet. They are a treasure chest of great recipes. Lemongrass in a jar...I hope my Whole Foods carries it.

  18. That's a beautiful salad. I have been clinging to my old Gourmet magazine's too. It was my favorite food magazine. I was so sad when it shut-down.

  19. Our cherry tomatoes are taking off and we have a lot of them now too.
    Great recipe.


  20. That looks so good, Bonnie... I'll bet they don't sell Lemongrass up here in the Boonies of Tennessee.... We don't have any Whole Food places ---so I'll have to check at Walmart or Krogers.... ha ha

    It does look SO SO good.... I love fresh maters from the garden in the summer...


  21. These tomatoes are so pretty! Perfect with the fresh flavor of lemongrass.

    I'm not a beet fan either, so your boys and I are on the same page.

  22. Gonna try this tonite - I have an over abundance of colorful tiny tomatoes!!!!

  23. It's s nice to find someone else that loves their old Gourmet magazines. I can't bear to part with them either.

    This salad is gorgeous. You're making me miss my huge lemongrass plant that was in our backyard when we lived in the Bahamas.

    Sadly we can't buy lemongrass here in the mountains. Now I'll keep my eye out for it when we're in the city at Whole Foods. Like the others, I had no idea it came in a jar. I've only seen it fresh.

  24. There are about thirty tomatoes on my countertop. I'm going to make the lemongrass salad this week. Thanks for a new idea on using them up.


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