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Purslane, Heirloom Tomato, & Onion Salad

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How do you wish summer adieu?  I prefer to round up a bunch of those warm, juicy globes that look ready to burst from their stems.  Then I snip some of the weeds that I purposefully let grow at their feet.  Maybe I'll even fish a small onion out of its earthen home.  Yes, I think this is the perfect way to give thanks to the beautiful harvest that I was blessed with this year...not huge, but definitely enough for our family.  I saw this salad over at Fat of the Land and just knew it was destined for our table.

Purslane, Heirloom Tomato, and Onion Salad

-(ripe, juicy) heirloom tomatoes...of any variety
-big bunch of Purslane
-small onion, sliced thin
-salt & freshly ground black pepper

Slice your tomatoes into quarters, lengthwise.

Clean the purslane and cut the small bunches off of the thick stems.

Toss the tomatoes, purslane, and onions.  Sprinkle the whole thing with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  The juice from the tomatoes should be enough to form a "dressing" of sorts.  If it doesn't seem moist enough, squeeze a couple of the tomato quarters to help release the juices.

This is my entry into Grow Your Own (GYO) which I am hosting this month.  Don't forget to send me your entries by the end of the month (click on GYO for more info)!  Your post can contain anything you've either grown, hunted, foraged, fished, or raised yourself...or been given by someone else who has done those things. It just needs to be from the month of September.  I'm looking forward to seeing what is local in your area!

GYO
*update 2/5/11: I am sharing this with Val at More Than Burnt Toast for "Have a Heart"!
*6/23/11: Also linking up to Renee at My Kitchen Adventures and her Summer Salad Event!
*6/29/11:  *Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France CheeseRösleEmile HenryRouxbe and ManPans.
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49 comments

  1. Nothing like a salad full of garden goods to really commemorate this growing season! Oh how I wish I had a garden. I'm so going to miss heirlooms when they're gone!

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  2. What a wonderful way to celebrate the summer bounty and to say goodbye to this wonderful season! I wish I had a garden full of tomatoes...but your photos transport to a beautiful place, nonetheless!

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  3. This is definitely a way to bid summer adieu! I'm ready, fall!

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  4. Fabulous, filling and colourful salad..

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  5. I had to Google the word 'purslane'. I seriously doubt is these are available here in my neck of the woods but it definitely looks interesting. Your salad looks great, I wish I had a garden to grow my own tomatoes.

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  6. Heirloom tomatoes are my favorite part of summer, among all of the other things I love about summer. I don't want summer to go. Perhaps that's why we lived in the land of perpetual summer for so long....

    Best of luck in the Foodbuzz challenge. I've voted.
    Sam

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  7. There's that purslane again. Since I live in a condo I will need to keep my eyes open.

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  8. I just voted. Like your blog and hope to follow from now on. I am also in the running. So exciting...Godd luck
    Norma
    Platanos, Mangoes and me!

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  9. I love that you used purslane! It's all over my lawn! Grand use of heirlooms - I will miss them so. (And you know I voted)

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  10. Yum, I really need to be eatin more salad! Feeling the girth!~ lol

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  11. I've never eaten purslane. Is it like arugula or something else entirely?

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  12. It's finally time for me to start thinking about fall gardening, and I want to try purslane again. I managed to kill it a couple of years ago, but I'd love to have some in my garden. Sounds like a great salad!

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  13. Purslane is new to me, I would like to try some however. I have been reading more about it, as it is showing up in more recipes.

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  14. I'm ready to let summer go but not the fresh produce it brings! I have never had purslane - it looks like something I would like. As does your lovely salad!

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  15. Purslane looks like a weed that my daughter was pulling up at school yesterday. I also have lots of it growing in between my vegetable beds.

    Our tomatoes are still producing, though slowing down a bit. I forget when our last frost date is, maybe the end of October. I'm leaving the plants in place until the very end.

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  16. Una ensalada fantastica, esto es de lujo. saludos

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  17. I voted! The salad looks lovely. I've never eaten purslane, although it's currently growing in my backyard.

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  18. Just stopping by from Amy's blog.
    Our fall crop of Heirloom Tomatoes are will ready soon. I can't wait. We have green ones now. I like your combination of purslane with the heirloom very nice. Thank you...

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  19. Hi Heather, I'm all linked up here with a great new healthy salad recipe . . . what happened to Two for Tuesdays? Is this the same? I hope you reciprocate the love and link up with me on Fresh Fridays over at my blog too. Thanks for the opportunity to share. Your salad looks fab too, btw! Roz

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  20. Lovely salad and sounds like a great event...I will try and submit something my garden is nuts right now :)

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  21. Great salad! I am trying to vote. Not a member of FoodBuzz and I can't join for some reason. But I posted to Hearth 'n Soul. Love the new name.

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  22. What a beautiful salad and those tomatoes are unbelievable! I love this!!
    By the way, just voted for you on PFB!!
    Good luck, I'll be rooting for you! ;)
    Kim

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  23. Sam, Norma, Claudia, LouAnne, Kim...thanks so much you guys!!! =)

    Roz...same hop, just went through a bit of a re-vamp. check out last weeks post to read all about it!

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  24. I am new to Purslane! Thanks for sharing the info. :)

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  25. Oh I love tomato based salads, this one looks delicious. Look at the great ingredients you were able to grow, how neat.

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  26. Love those gorgeous looking little tomatoes, and that is an insanely good looking salad. I've never come across purslane here, but it looks pretty good - what sort of taste does it have?
    Sue :-)
    BTW I'm voting for you - good luck

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  27. An excellent way to kiss summer goodbye! Love the grow you own event. Unfortunately, all my herbs have dried up and the only thing I'm growing lately is children- LOL!

    P.S. Just got the chance to watch Chocolat today and I loved it! No idea what I'm going to make, but I better hurry up and decide.

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  28. Oh heather! I simply adore the taste of purslane with tomatoes! It is like NOTHING on earth, the acidic yet oily bite of the purslane and the slightly sweet tangy tomato. Heaven! I Have a bit of purslane left after the slugs had at it, but I will definitley throw this one together before the summer is out! Thanks for hosting and posting on the hearth n' soul hop! Hugs! Alex

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  29. Purslane? I have never heard of it and don't think I've ever even seen it! Wow! And your tomatoes are perfect!!! Man, you are multi-talented, girl! Love this!

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  30. Your salad looks delicious. I was so happy to find some purslane at the farmers market this weekend. I made a potato salad out some of it, tossed some in a green salad, and I am making a pesto with the rest of it. It is fun to play with! ;-)

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  31. NOOOO!! No adieu! Don't wanna say goodbye, sob sob...

    By the way, I voted for you. ;) Happy that you're in PFB too!

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  32. Hi Sue... purslane is very "soft" (I don't know why, but I feel I must describe it that way)...and tender in the mouth...lightly citrus-y...very pleasant! (and thanks!!)

    Sophia...DITTO =)

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  33. Growing you own is so satisfying - I have never had purslane before.
    Great salad!

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  34. I'm sad to see the summer and the fabulous summer fruits and veggies go. Looks like you've been well rewarded this year. Beautiful tomatoes!

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  35. Looks fantastic!!
    Hey, CONGRATS on being featured in the Food News Journal today!!!

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  36. Looks wonderful! I have never used perslane - will have to try! Oh... and I voted for you!

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  37. Sigh....I guess it's time to say goodbye to summer. She was kind this year. Except that one week of 100 degree temperatures...haha.

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  38. I'll be so sad when I can no longer walk out into my driveway and pick purslane to throw into my meals. I think that there was hardly a day this summer when I didn't use it.

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  39. Ooh, Yum! I love a beautiful tomato salad!

    I wasn't all that jazzed over tomatoes until I tasted some I grew myself. And then I realized I wasn't jazzed over tomatoes forced to grow in a hot house and shipped from clear across the country, left to sit in a dark, hot truck for goodness knows how long! =)

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  40. Inventive use of weeds! Hehehe. I usually don't let the purslane grow to any size worth eating. Will keep that in mind the next time.

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  41. I love tomatoes with just salt and pepper - no need for any dressing. H have not heard of purslane but would gladly eat your salad! Yum! oh, and i voted for you chica!
    Another amazing hearth and soul link up - you are da bomb!

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  42. Love this salad, it looks so pretty. We seem to be able to grow an enormous variety of weeds, but we've yet to see purslane anywhere in our yard. It must be pretty bad when our weeds are selectively growing, he he. Thanks so much for hosting GYO!

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  43. I still havent' used any purslane yet. I have a garden full of it. Thought it was weeds. Shows you how diligent I am at weeding. I need to get brave and weed me some.

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  44. Thanks for linking up Heather! This looks fabulous! I have to admit...i have no idea what purlane is! But I want to know MORE! :)

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