There's nothing like farm fresh Ontario heirloom tomatoes still warm from the vine. Garnished with some good quality olive oil, some lovely chopped basil, a healthy shaving of tangy Asiago cheese and a dash of Maldon sea salt, you have all the makings for my favourite summer lunch. After visiting the Gravenhurst Farmer's Market over the long weekend, we came home with all the ingredients for this delicious salad — the tomatoes and fresh basil came direct from VanHart Greenhouses in the Holland Marsh, and the fabulous Asiago cheese from Cosmo's. Of course, you don't have to drive all the way to Muskoka to take advantage of some of the freshest produce Ontario has to offer — it can be as close as your local farmer's market.
Tomato, Basil and Asiago Salad
1 large heirloom tomato
chopped fresh basil
2 oz shaved Asiago
Maldon Sea salt and black pepper
Cut the tomatoes into generous slices and lay decoratively on a small platter. Pour a good glug of olive oil overtop, then garnish with some shaved Asiago cheese and top with chopped fresh basil. Finish with a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt and some fresh cracked black pepper.