Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

The summer of 2013 has been a tasty one, from frozen yogurt and flank steak to burger buns and cheesecake chimichangas. And I can think of no better was to send off summer in style than with one last recipe starring the season’s freshest heirloom tomatoes.

These beauties will have you tasting the rainbow, as they span every color from pale pink to vibrant yellow. They become an edible centerpiece of sorts when layered atop a buttery puff pastry crust slathered with basil pesto and dotted with creamy goat cheese. The attractiveness of the tart is almost enough to distract from the fact that summer is drawing to a close.

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

But if buttery pastries won’t ease the transition to fall, what about free groceries from Whole Foods Market? I’ve partnered with the generous team at Whole Foods to give one lucky reader a $50 gift card to grocery shop ’til they drop. To enter, make sure you’re following Just a Taste on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and then leave a comment on this post that answers the following question:

What dish would you make with heirloom tomatoes?

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Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

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Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Yield: One 12-inch tart

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 12 min

Ingredients:

1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package puff pastry (1 sheet), thawed
4 medium heirloom tomatoes
1/3 cup store-bought or homemade basil pesto
4 ounces goat cheese
Fresh basil, for garnish
Sea salt, for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Slice the heirloom tomatoes into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and place them on paper towels to drain.

Lightly flour your work surface then roll the thawed puff pastry into about a 10-by-14-inch rectangle. Transfer the puff pastry to the prepared baking sheet.

Spread the pesto onto the puff pastry, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides. Divide the goat cheese into dollops and scatter it on top of the pesto. Arrange the sliced tomatoes on top of the goat cheese.

Bake the tart for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove it and let it cool for 10 minutes.

Slice or tear the basil and scatter it atop the tart, then sprinkle the tart with sea salt and serve.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste.

      

88 Responses to “Heirloom Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart”

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — August 28, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Lovely heirloom tomato tart, Kelly! Love that you used plenty of basil pesto for that super fresh flavor to enhance those beautiful tomatoes and goat cheese. Yes, please!

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    Mary W — August 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

    A Tomato Stack with roasted corn and avocado would spotlight these gorgeous heirloom tomatoes.

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — August 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Love this, so simple and so yummy !!

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    Tieghan — August 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

    It is gorgeous! Perfect way to end summer!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I love the colours on this tart. Tomatoes are so fun – yum!

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — August 28, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Those tomatoes are just beyond! Too pretty to eat!

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    Katie — August 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I’d have to go with this tart! I love how it shows off the colors!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

    This is so beautiful! And it sounds so incredible!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — August 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Could this tart be any prettier?! Loving the rainbow effect!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — August 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

    this looks amazing girl!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 28, 2013 at 9:17 am

    A beautiful to nod to the final days of summer! With heirloom tomatoes I love making a capellini pasta dish, it’s so fresh and delicious!

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    Grishma — August 28, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Looks so vibrating n fresh! Love it :) btw needed to ask u some food places in NY – like best farmers market n best place to buy fresh bread :)) thanks in advance :) Hope you are doing great :)

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    Gina Caruso — August 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

    This tart is so pretty and looks delicious!! My favorite thing to make with heirlooms is simple- caprese with burrata! (the kind from whole foods with the green wrapper is the best)

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

    You are totally speaking my language here. Beautiful!

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    Happy Valley Chow — August 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Holy crap that looks incredible, totally bookmarking and trying this. Great job as usual!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — August 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

    This tart is so beautiful. I’ve had two heirloom tomatoes from my plants so far this summer and I wish I had more to make this tart.

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    Jessie Lynn — August 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Thia looks SO yummy! I would also try a simple capress. Now I’m going to raid my fridge! So hungry!

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    Heidi — August 28, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I’d probably let the flavor of the tomatoes shine on their own — just tomatoes and a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper on a good crusty bread.

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    Angie T. — August 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I would make your tart….amazing!!!

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    Emily R. — August 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I would definitely make a tart or a pizza or maybe something bruschetta-esque…

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    grace — August 28, 2013 at 11:13 am

    i like to make frittatas or quiches with those colorful beauties!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 28, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Gorgeous tart, I love heirlooms! I’d probably make Caprese salad, my go-to tomato recipe!

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    vaishali — August 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    This tart looks so good…will definitely try this with heirloom tomatoes!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — August 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    It’s truly been a great summer for the tomato, and don’t you just love finishing a post with a recipe that takes a few minutes to write up? Love this Kelly!

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    Elena — August 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I would make Caprese salad

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    debbie binder — August 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    There is NOTHING better than an heirloom tomato sandwich! Toasted bread, mayo, bacon, lettuce and HUGE slices of heirloom tomato. Oh, and s&p

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    Rosie — August 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Wow – this looks spectacular – the puff pasty & heirloom tomatoes – I’d have thought it came from Martha! My recipe pales in comparison, but I love to take fresh Italian bread, still warm from the giant ovens at the Italian store, and brush the loaves with olive oil, and layer cheeses, tons of tomatoes and basil leaves. Mangia!

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    Mimi — August 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I would make a basil, tomato, mozzarella panini!

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    Michelle — August 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I would make a beautiful Caprese salad, or try out your tart. Yum!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Kelly this is stunning! I love tomatoes in any form! I have a Tomato Chutney recipe I posted last week that I’d love to try with heirlooms!

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    rachel — August 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I’d made quiche! Yum

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    Anna E. — August 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Grilled cheese with tom’s and pesto or maybe a yummy bruschetta

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    cassie — August 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    This is gorgeous, Kelly! I love that you used puff pastry for the tart crust…genius!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Beautiful tart, Kelly! We are also enjoying heirloom tomatoes! Pinning this beauty!

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    Marcia Goss — August 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I follow on Twitter (@mgoss123), Facebook. (Marcia Goss), Pinterest (mgoss123) and Instagram (mgoss123).

    I love these tomatoes sliced on a plate with cucumbers and vidalia onions, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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    patricia caradonna — August 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I would make a club sandwich: bacon, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, mayo, and turkey.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — August 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I would make a pizza caprese with heirloom tomatoes!

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    Lily Sheng — August 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Oooh, I’ll probably fry ‘em! :-D Thanks for the giveaway, BTW, I’m already your loyal follower on all mentioned platforms! :-)

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    giulia — August 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    i would either make a red tomato pesto (who ever decided that pesto was just basil green? :) )

    or i would empty them, and stuff them with organic beef mince, mushrooms, rice and lots of herbs !

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    sara — August 29, 2013 at 12:05 am

    A fresh panzanella salad!

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    Holly B — August 29, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I love a good caprese, and once we get closer to fall, there is this amazing cheesy cauliflower bake with heirloom tomatoes that I’m dying to make :)

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    Justin — August 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

    This tomato tar right here looks perfect! I love tomatoes and goat cheese together!

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    Jessica w — August 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I have this dish http://warfieldfamily.com/2011/08/the-one-the-only-the-german-mozzarella-bake/ I love making, and the tomatoes give it the most flavor, so I think it would be the best in this!

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    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — August 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I’d make a galette!

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    Susan — August 29, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I would make Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup with a dollop of Creme Fraiche!

    This tart is lovely!

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    Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen — August 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I love heirloom tomatoes. I bought some in Orient (North Fork) on the way to the ferry last week. I simply made a sandwich with mayo, sliced tomatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper and lettuce. Amazing. There’s nothing like a summer tomato. I would like to try a tart of some kind, if I can get the tomatoes to last that long!

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    Susan P. — August 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I would make a Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and heirloom tomatoes.

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    CW — August 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    When I get heirloom tomatoes, my mind immediately goes to Caprese with Burrata. Probably the perfect appetizer.

    Although, this tart does sound pretty fantastic.

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    Grace — August 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I would make tabbouleh :) Yumm… can’t go wrong with a good tomato

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    Meryl — August 30, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I’d make a bruschetta.

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    Louis — August 30, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I’d do a salad, and add cucumbers, goat cheese, and flat leaf parsley, tossed with a light vinaigrette.

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    Shaina — August 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I’d make an heirloom tomato pasta salad with lots of beautiful, colorful summer veggies…a kind of “farewell to summer” dish

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    Alisa Autterson — August 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Beautiful Tart! Love the colors!
    I would definitely make a BLT with green apples!

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    Erika Blankenship — August 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I would love to make a pizza with em.

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    Christy S — August 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    So yummy – and so easy!

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    Charlsey G — August 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I would eat them raw with a bit of salt or try my hand at this beautiful tart :-)

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    Amanda B — August 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I’m new to Just a Taste & this is one of the first recipes I made. I used tomatoes from my garden (another first this year for me!!) and it was DELISH! My palate doesn’t care for goat cheese, so I subbed feta instead.

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    paula — August 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I would either make this or Deb’s tomato cobbler…the tart looks divine!

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    Karen — August 30, 2013 at 9:46 am

    This looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Heidi — August 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

    A caprese salad would be fabulous!

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    colleen m. — August 30, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I would make this recipe-it just make so much sense-it’s what i like to call “A HAPPY MARRIAGE”.

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    Josh Ray — August 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I would make a pizza. Start with a pastry crust, spread basil pesto across it. Top it with the tomatoes and provel cheese.

    Bake to perfection. Mmmm.

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    Julie — August 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I would keep it simple with a tomato sandwich. I ate them growing up and they are my comfort food.

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    Carol Ann — August 30, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I would make a layered Capresi Salad with some great balsamic and good olive oil.

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    Terri/Love and Confections — August 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I would make a classic and simple Caprese Salad. Love the fresh ingredients as it.

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    Pamela Joy — August 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Following on Twitter, Pamela Joy ( pjoy17) , Following on Pinterest , (Pamela Joy), Following on Facebook (Pamela Joy ) I don’t have a camera to take pictures so I don’t have an instagram account .

    OH I love tomatoes and Heirlooms are wonderful, Your tart is beautiful and one way to use them , a simple quick way would be my favorite sandwich cucumber and tomato , or cucumber and tomato salad ( forget the bread ) ;). Caprese Salad is wonderful too, or just out of hand. YUM!

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    Sandy Headtke — August 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Sliced tomatoes, avocado, and red onion. Season with seasoned garlic salt, red wine vinegar and olive oil

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    Kristine — August 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I never think to buy varying colors of tomatoes at the same time – you’ve shown that it makes for much prettier meals! And, it increases the variety of phytochemicals, which is a bonus.

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    Laurel — August 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I love to take avocado halves and fill the centers with a salsa fresca made with heirloom tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, cilantro, garlic salt and pepper. It’s a great way to take advantage of the wonderful produce available at this time of year!

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    Noelani H. — August 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    An heirloom tomato stack with fresh mozzarella and a pesto drizzle!

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    Valerie C. — August 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I really love this recipe! Another recipe I might make is a layered salad with meats and cheeses, basil, onions etc…

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    Megan — August 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    This looks HEAVENLY! I love caprese, I love basil pesto, and anything pizza-like is always welcome in my kitchen haha. Thanks for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

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    Megan — August 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I forgot to mention, I’d probably use any extra heirloom tomatoes to make a simple caprese or just to top a delicious romaine salad alongside this beautiful tart! I’m adding you on IG now :)

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    Clara — August 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Heirloom tomatoes make the prettiest pizza.

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    Clarissa — August 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I would make a Caprese salad with fresh mozzarella and fresh basil or just eat them plain sprinkled with a pinch of salt. YUM.

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    Luv What You Do — August 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Those tomatoes are stunning! What a delicious looking meal!

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    kesha — August 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I would make a rosemary chicken panini with roasted tomatoes

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    Pat — August 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I would make yummy BLT’s since thats my favorite tomato sandwich with delish fresh tomatoes

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    Shannon O — August 31, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I would make this tart. It looks delicious!!

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    Lisa — August 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I am going to make this and serve it with some chardonay! With heirloom tomatoes I love making a delicious caprese!

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    Kumar's Kitchen — September 1, 2013 at 5:16 am

    refreshingly summery and sunny to look at tart,beautiful food clicks :-)

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    Meredith — September 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I would make a fresh summer pasta with all my yummy harvest – basil and peppers and cheese!

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    SusieArchitect — September 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    YUM! Just made this with beautiful yellow heirlooms. Puff pastry is the best, also! My kitchen smells yummy now! Thanks for posting!

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    Carolsue — September 2, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I would make a tomato, cucumber, green pepper and red onion salad

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    BusyWorkingMama — September 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I would love to make a fresh Cobb salad with them.

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    Lindsey — September 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I just saw a heirloom tomato panzanella that I would love to make!

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    Astrid Gallimimus — September 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    My goat is cheesing looking at this.

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