Stacked Tomato Salad

Fresh 5-Ingredient Stacked Tomato Salad | ASpicyPerspective.comA philosophical salad, the Stacked Tomato Salad. Rich and herbaceous with a pop of sweet balsamic vinegar!

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Sometimes the best, most flavorful things are the simplest.

This philosophy seems to cover, well, life in general. Legendary artist Hans Hofmann once said, The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

I know many families have been hanging onto an economic life raft over the last decade. Yet through this, a bouquet of  lovely realizations have blossomed.

How much does one really need to be happy? Is happiness dependent on your house, cars, wardrobe, or vacations? (I’m secretly tempted to scream YES to the last one, although I know it’s not true.)

The truth is, happiness is a state of mind.

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I’ve traveled abroad enough to see first hand that billions of individuals world-wide, live an entire lifetime with much less than Americans, yet are completely satisfied.

I’ve met families that lived in utterly wretched conditions, but found true joy in faith and family.

Happiness is a choice we make everyday. I’d like to believe I had full-grasp of this before the economic crisis a few years back, but we all need a good sifting every now and again.

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I make a point to give thanks on a daily basis for the things I have that truly matter… My sweet husband that supports me in whatever hair-brained project I take on. My precious children who, even on their worst days, are absolute gifts from above. My parents, wise and steadfast. Friends who know my heart beyond words and miles. These represent my new understanding of true prosperity.

Over the last few years I have been on a rampage to simplify my life. Taking on fewer, but more gratifying projects, less meaningless activities, less waste, even simpler meals.

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This is not the first, and surely won’t be the last time I’ll ramble on about this. Yet I find it makes the things you hold on to, so much more precious!

Today I’m serving an elegant little Stacked Tomato Salad with a bare-bones mentality. No elaborate dressing or ostentatious ingredients… Just five simple items that do very well on their own, thank you!

Last summer when our heirloom tomatoes came in, I felt that the only way to improve their natural perfection, might be the addition of goat cheese. A drizzle of high-quality balsamic vinegar was the cherry on top.

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Stacked Tomato Salad can be prepared in just moments. Make sure to purchase soft and silky chevre goat cheese and thick aged balsamic vinegar. I find it’s hard to get really good balsamic at our regular grocery stores.

I went to a specialty store to find what I was looking for, a syrupy vinegar aged 25 years. You can swirl the bottle and watch it coat the glass! This vinegar is sweet on it’s own, and so smooth I could literally drink it out of the bottle. Not at all harsh like some you find at the grocery. Good balsamic can act as a stand-alone dressing without the need of oil and seasoning.

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Stacked Tomato Salad with a slather of goat cheese and herbs and a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar, is a real treat when tomatoes are in season.

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49 comments on “Stacked Tomato Salad

  1. Kathy Goriposted July 19, 2010 at 3:53 am Reply

    great idea. I love the stacking and filling.

  2. Linda www.mykindofcooking.composted July 19, 2010 at 7:20 am Reply

    I think you could win a food contest with this!

  3. Sharlene (Wheels and Lollipops)posted July 19, 2010 at 8:17 am Reply

    beautiful and a great presentation for beets.

  4. Valposted July 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Those are so pretty they almost look like desserts! Love it :-)

  5. julieposted July 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Wow! I love that! Simple, beautiful and delicious. These are the best kind of recipes in my opinion.

  6. Jason Phelpsposted July 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Very cool idea. We haven't gotten beets in our CSA share, but I was wondering what new stuff I might do with them. This will work well.

    Jason

  7. Pacheco Pattyposted July 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm Reply

    These tomato stack salads look fun to eat and of course delicious! I would also like to try the beets this way, yum!

  8. Mother Rimmyposted July 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm Reply

    What great ideas! Who does't love goat cheese? I really like the use of beets. The presentation is so impressive!

  9. Stellaposted July 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Hey Sommer, this is simple, and I love all of the ingredients. Now I just need to be able to find some decent tomatoes or beets (smile)…

  10. Lazaro Cooks!posted July 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Lovely stacked salads. Creatively presented.

  11. Maryposted July 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm Reply

    What a wonderful way to serve tomatoes or beets. The presentation is wonderful. I'll wager the execution is delicious. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  12. Cherineposted July 19, 2010 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Wonderful presentation. Love it!

  13. Jennifurlaposted July 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm Reply

    THis is me bowing down to you, I am not worthy. I am so making both of these, thanks so much for the idea.

  14. Jenniferposted July 19, 2010 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Hello! I just picked beets from my garden a few days ago and have been trying to figure out what to do with them – and then I read your email! Talk about timely! I am going to make the Beet Stack tonight! Love the quotes in this post.

  15. momgatewayposted July 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm Reply

    very creative with the beets–I love it's earthiness and pretty color

  16. The Manly Housewifeposted July 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm Reply

    These look really great!I think I might just try these out for dinner.

  17. Julianaposted July 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Wow, love the idea of stacking, it sure makes the presentation very nice.

  18. Magic of Spiceposted July 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm Reply

    How creative is that…they also sound delicious:)

  19. Chef Beeposted July 20, 2010 at 3:28 am Reply

    Looks great. My kids are super eaters and will taste anything but don't care for tomatos. This may change their mind.

    Plan B

  20. Eposted July 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Congrats on making the top 9!

  21. Mister Meatballposted July 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Good God, woman, those are two mighty awesome stacks of goodness –bravo!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, appreciate it.

    Oh, and happiness is measured in how many truly extraordinary fresh tomatoes one consumes in a life. You know this, I am sure.

  22. Angie's Recipesposted July 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm Reply

    This is an awesome idea! Gotta give it a try next time to surprise my parents-in-law!

  23. Samantha @ The Savvy Soybeanposted July 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm Reply

    Ohh that looks delicious!! I just made eggplant stacks last night. Yours look so fresh and tasty =) Glad I came across your site!!

  24. Cristinaposted July 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm Reply

    I think this is my first time to your site…it's lovely! Enjoyed your quotes and heartfelt expression about happiness. Both tomato and beet stacks are works of art and luv the use of goat cheese. Beautifully done.

  25. lauraposted July 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm Reply

    These are gorgeous, Sommer! I wish I loved goat cheese as much as you – I should give it another try with a good brand. We did just get some very lovely syrupy balsamic, though, which will be perfect on a version of this I am making for dinner tonight (with mozz, though ( : ). I would not have thought of stacking the beets like this, very creative and sounds delicious!

  26. Kateposted July 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm Reply

    Gorgeous! And, a fabulous salad. Looks like our heirlooms reseeded themselves – fortunately. I'm hoping to have some Black Brandywines soon… Congrats on the top 9 too :-)

  27. Tiffanyposted July 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm Reply

    You are absolutely correct, it's the simple things in life that make me happiest, and this recipe makes me very happy! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Devakiposted July 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm Reply

    Dear Sommer – Less is more and you've hit the nail on the head. Especially in the West where we tend to hoard to worldly possessions like our life depends on it – when it doesn't. I am right there with you!

    The stacked veggies are a perfect example of less is more. Love your para on the balsamic vinegar. I have never gone and purchased a thick 25 year old aged one before but now I will.

    Excellent post – you've put into words what most of us think about but don't often voice ;)

    Hugs, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  29. Chef Dennisposted July 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm Reply

    hi Sommer
    those stacks are a stoke of genius! they are gorgeous! what a perfect summertime treat, with all that lovely goat cheese !
    thanks so much for sharing
    Dennus

  30. Foodessaposted July 20, 2010 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Sommer…I for one, not only agree but can also appreciate the message you are so creatively trying to pass along.
    Everything looks so incredibly appetizing ;o)

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

  31. Linn @ Swedish Home Cookingposted July 20, 2010 at 9:55 pm Reply

    I just got an idea! It could be nice to make it of small cherry tomatoes also. To serve at a brunch for example. Great post!

  32. Birenposted July 20, 2010 at 10:31 pm Reply

    Beautiful…congrats on Top9!

  33. Rickposted July 20, 2010 at 11:11 pm Reply

    Wowzers. Never saw a towering salad before.

  34. Shirleyposted July 21, 2010 at 12:15 am Reply

    The presentations are just too cute!

  35. Claudiaposted July 21, 2010 at 1:22 am Reply

    I do adore beets with goat cheese – the stacking them is brilliant. I am totally doing that. This post really spoke to me. Over the years, I crave simplicity more and more and more. More things go out the door. Fewer things come in. Recipes are scaled down… life is appreciated. Gratitude is practiced.

  36. Claudiaposted July 21, 2010 at 1:24 am Reply

    I would love to feature these in the Examiner and link back to you – with your permission.

  37. Laxmi Hiremathposted July 21, 2010 at 5:43 am Reply

    Love those roasted beets! Very artistic and colorful. Simplicity rules!

  38. queenbeeeatsforadayposted July 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm Reply

    This is gorgeous!

  39. sweetlifeposted July 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm Reply

    great stack, I loe the last pic of the beet color running into the goat cheese… I agree really do we need all the material things, yes they are nice- but I don't need the debt lingering over my head…

    sweetlife

  40. Pattyposted July 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Wow, wow, WOW! Super cool stacks! I've never made a stack of food, but this looks like something I could very easily get down with! I am a little afraid of beets, but with the goat cheese thrown in there?? I am pretty sure I will woof it down! Also, I hear you on the simplicity front….I have also tried to make my life as 'simple' as possible. Makes for less complications and an ability to focus on the wonderful things!

  41. baking.serendipityposted July 22, 2010 at 1:10 am Reply

    This salad may be simple, but it presents so well! And I love your attitude on life, simplicity and happiness :)

  42. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted July 22, 2010 at 4:40 am Reply

    Hmmm….I don't think it would surprise you now, if I said I love bleeders in food – stuff that "bleed" their gorgeous colours into stuff around them …. blueberries, plums, beets, saffron. Get the picture?

    These are no less beautiful for all their simplicity – of course, I love the beet stack, just a bit more ;)

  43. Sookposted July 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm Reply

    What a fun post! I love the look of this salad. So beautiful!

  44. foodies at homeposted July 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm Reply

    I love tomatoes and goat cheese! Such a beautiful presentation too! I love that you kept the stems in tack, almost too cute to eat!

  45. xscleanposted July 29, 2010 at 5:06 am Reply

    Definetely I am trying this!
    I love beets and this dish is a work of art!!

  46. Christineposted August 15, 2010 at 5:23 am Reply

    Hello!!! I saw your tomato at Foodista. I really like it. I also saw your other blogs and they sound great. Looking forward to more of your food blogs links in
    Foodista.

  47. Emily @ Life on Foodposted August 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm Reply

    I love that you kept the stems on. So so cute!

  48. Rahul @samosastreet.composted August 2, 2016 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Looks too pretty to eat!! Great colors

  49. Jenny Flakeposted August 5, 2016 at 8:51 am Reply

    These flavors are so great!!  Perfect for summer too!