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Tomato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, Oct 21st, 2015

The key to making this dish a knockout starts with great tomatoes. Pick nice and ripe but still firm ones for best results.


  • 2ea Bacon Strips (cut small)
  • 100ml Canola Oil
  • 100ml Wine Vinegar
  • 30ml Dijon Mustard
  • To Taste Salt
  • To Taste Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 6ea Ripe Tomatoes (approx. one per person)


  1. Sauté bacon until fat has rendered and a light brown color has been achieved.
  2. Place in blender (including fat); add grape seed oil, mustard, and vinegar.
  3. Blend at a low speed to begin with then increase speed until the vinaigrette is smooth.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Cut tomatoes in wedges and toss with dressing. Season again to taste.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Serves 6

*Serving suggestion- Garnish with crispy bacon and flavored oils like chive oil if desired. Also adding greens like basil, nasturtium, dandelion or arugula will add a nice twist to this salad.

Courtesy Chef Paul Rogalski

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Tomato Salad with Romesco Sauce

BT Calgary | posted Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

tomato and romescoHealthy eating comes easy with a no-fail recipe and fresh, local ingredients! Chef Darren Maclean of downtownfood creates a summer favourite: Tomato Salad with Romesco Sauce- the Spanish version of pesto!



  • 1 cup roasted or sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp parmesan
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Put all ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve under cut cherry tomatoes, sliced Parmesan and greens.
  3. Enjoy!

Courtesy of  Chef Darren Maclean, downtownfood

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