Summer-fresh tomatoes are amazingly flavorful on their own, but this recipe takes them beyond the basic with the addition of Pickled Red Onions and crumbled cheese. It's a sensational side dish perfect for al fresco meals.
In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to boiling. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until reduced to 1/3 cup. Let cool.
Arrange tomato slices on four salad plates. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the olive oil. Drizzle the reduced balsamic vinegar over tomatoes. Sprinkle tomatoes with Pickled Red Onions and crumbled ricotta salata cheese. Top with basil leaves. Serve immediately. Makes 4 side-dish servings.
Pickled Red Onions
In a medium saucepan, cook thin wedges red onion in lightly salted boiling water for 45 seconds; drain. In a medium bowl, combine the red onion, cold water, rice vinegar, garlic, and cumin seeds. Cover and chill for 3 to 24 hours. Drain before using.