Heirloom Tomatoes with Blue Cheese Dressing and Bacon – Recipe Redux
It’s the 21st of the month, which means it’s time for a Recipe Redux Challenge. This month’s theme is “Raising The Bar On Food In a Jar – recipes that can be made (or served) in a jar”. First of all, let me tell you that I felt a tremendous sense of relief after reading the challenge description. You see, I’ve been saving collecting hoarding jars for quite a while, and as I was cleaning out “my jar cabinet” a few weeks ago, I was seriously starting to wonder if this is how those people on the A&E show got started.
But then I realized, I’m not alone! Maybe I’m even normal! I’m not sure how everyone else got started, but I’m going to guess that I can blame my jar fetish on Martha Stewart. Probably a few years ago I read a slide show blog post about “50 things to do with old jars…”. Sometimes I find myself at the grocery store, putting a product in my basket just because it comes in a pretty jar…
Occasionally, if I’m feeling generous, I give them to my husband for nails, and screws or other shed-like uses (sadly, he gets as excited about jars as I do). I also use my old jam jars to keep a little bit of paint whenever I repaint a room. I realized I never need the old mostly empty gallons, but I often need just a brush full to touch up a nick or scratch. They’re easy to hide in the back of a cabinet or drawer in the room they match, and the garage is so much neater since getting rid of all of those gallons.
Of course I use jars for pickling projects like Pickled Vegetables Mexican Style or Hot and Sweet Pickled Veggies. And they’re super handy for my Carrot Cake Overnight Oats when I have to take breakfast with me and eat on the run. But the thing I probably use my jars for the most is to make salad dressing. I love to have a variety of salad dressings on hand, not only for salads, but also to use as marinades for chicken, fish or veggies. Yes, I am aware that they sell more salad dressing flavors in the store than I could possibly ever name, but personally, I think there are only one or two that taste good. I also tend to get sick of the big bottles. Usually, I just want one or two servings.
Enter, my vast jar collection… For this month’s Recipe Redux, I combined beautiful end of summer Heirloom tomatoes, with a quick and surprisingly healthy dressing that I store in a jam sized jar. Just enough for a few salads, before I’m on to the next flavor of the month.
Heirloom Tomatoes with Blue Cheese Dressing and Bacon
- 4 medium Heirloom tomatoes
- 4 oz good quality blue cheese crumbled
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
- 1 1/2 Tbs tarragon vinegar
- 1 Tbs chopped chives
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 4 slices bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
- Slice tomatoes and arrange on plate. Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
- Combine cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, vinegar, chives, salt and pepper in a jar. Cover tightly and shake until well blended. If you prefer a smoother dressing, mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a jar to store.
- Drizzle dressing over tomatoes, and sprinkle with bacon.
- Dressing will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.
It keeps in the refrigerator for 3 days.
Do you ever make food in a jar?
I think this ReDux is showing that many of us are secret jar hoarders – it’s not a bad thing! This is one of my favorite salad combos – tomato, blue cheese and bacon!
You are definitely not alone! We have quite the collection of jars in our house. I can’t wait to put some of those jars to use with this yummy dressing and some of your dips!
I’m so happy to have company in my “addiction”! Thanks for visiting!
Love making dressing in jars!
It’s so nice to experiment with different flavors and have a variety! Thanks for stopping by!
Ha ha ha! Love that you were able to use up some of your jar collection. You’re right they are so useful. I’ve found after 13 years of marriage, all our wedding drinking glasses have broken, so we use jars now! Doesn’t matter if the kids break! Your dressing looks yummy!