Tomato and Artichoke Salad

Adapted from Marcus Samuelsson

Wine suggestion
Dry Sauvignon Blanc


Yield: 6 - 8 servings

2 large artichoke bottoms, cooked and cleaned
2 red vine-ripened tomatoes
2 yellow vine-ripened tomatoes
2 ounces pistachio flour
16 ounces white port wine
16 ounces white cooking wine
2 handfuls arugula
Salt and pepper to taste

Citrus Vinaigrette

3/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 generous cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

For the artichokes, cook the artichokes in a pot with the port wine, white wine and some salt and pepper. Cook until fork tender. Remove the leaves and leave the heart.

For the tomatoes, bring a pot of water to a boil. Remove the stem from the tomatoes and make a tiny slit in the tops of each one. Blanch tomatoes in the boiling water and then place them in an ice bath. Remove the skin. Slice the tomatoes into eighths. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place the tomatoes and arugula into the vinaigrette mixture.

To serve, dress salad with the citrus vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. Place salad in a single line on the plate. Alternate with tomatoes and artichokes.