Heirloom and Cherry Tomato Salad

Tomato salad
This tomato salad with shallot vinaigrette from Alice Waters is our platonic ideal of the dish.Anna Kovel

Look for as many kinds of tomatoes as possible for this classic salad from Alice Waters's Chez Panisse Café Cookbook. Tossed with fresh basil and a simple shallot vinaigrette, it's all about the beautiful and varied colors, flavors, and textures. As Waters puts it, "Is there a better example of the joy of eating seasonally?"

Adapted from Chez Panisse Café Cookbook by Alice Waters (HarperCollins) © 1999.