BrokeAss Gourmet: Fried heirloom tomato salad 

This was invented about half an hour ago when I returned home from the Mission Community Market armed with fresh greens from Happy Boy Farms and a whopping five pounds of heirloom tomatoes (scored for just $5!) from Tomatero Farm. I was ravenous and impatient but unwilling to settle for my standby quick meal (a quesadilla and carrot sticks—I know, I'm 5 years old). The flash-fried tomatoes were crisp on the outside but oh so sweet and ripe on the inside.

This might also be nice with crumbled goat cheese or even shaved parmesan.

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Serves 2


2 medium heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

1 egg

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for dressing

salt and pepper to taste

4 cups mixed greens

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 oz. crumbled feta cheese


Beat egg with 1/4 cup cool water until foamy. Place bread crumbs on a plate.

Dip tomato slices in egg wash and then immediately dredge in bread crumbs, patting them onto the tomato flesh. Set on a clean plate.

Heat olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Place tomato slices (working in batches to avoid overcrowding pan) in the hot oil and cook 1-2 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden-brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper immediately.

Toss the mixed greens with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Divide between two plates.

Top each plate of greens with a few fried tomatoes, feta and more black pepper.

BrokeAss Gourmet caters to folks who want to live the high life on the cheap, with delicious recipes that are always under $20. Gabi Moskowitz is the blog's editor-in-chief and author of The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook and Pizza Dough:100 Delicious, Unexpected Recipes.

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