Easy and Quick Dinner with Heirloom Tomatoes

Last night I had the most delicious easy and quick dinner with heirloom tomatoes and I thought I would share this summer salad recipe with you.  This quick dinner recipe uses just a few ingredients including balsamic glazed halibut and takes only minutes to make.

Heirloom tomatoes
are in season right now and they are so delicious whether plain, dressed with olive oil and accompanied with basil or tossed in a summer salad.  Last night I used the tomatoes with this easy and quick dinner that is also a low-fat and healthy recipe.  What is so great about this quick dinner recipe is that you can make it for yourself or serve it at your next dinner party.

The first part of this quick dinner recipe is to marinate the halibut in a bowl of equal parts olive oil, balsamic vinegar (2 tablespoons each) and a clove or two of garlic.  Coat the halibut and place the fish in the refrigerator for about two hours.

The ingredients I used to make the summer salad were:

•    Arugula
•    Dates
•    Heirloom Tomatoes
•    Shaved Parmesan Cheese
•    Lemon, Olive Oil and Salt and Pepper

Once the halibut is marinated, cook the fish in the oven until tender and flaky but not raw in the middle.  (For detailed instructions on this recipe and more turn to page 95 in Budget Bash.) While the fish is cooking, toss the arugula, dates, heirloom tomatoes and shaved Parmesan cheese.

Then slice a lemon in half and squeeze the juice onto the summer salad (be sure to squeeze the lemon with the rind facing towards the salad so as  not to get any seeds onto the greens), add some olive oil and salt and pepper to taste and place the salad onto your dinner plate.

Once the halibut is cooked, place it on the plate to the side of the salad or on top whichever you prefer and serve.  (Note, for this easy and quick dinner recipe you can also substitute a chicken breast for the halibut and still use the same marinade.)  Serve this quick dinner recipe with your favorite white wine and enjoy!  The blend of flavors along with the sweetness of the dates (substitute figs when they are in season) is light and delicious.

I hope you found this easy and quick dinner idea using heirloom tomatoes in a summer salad enjoyable.  What is so great about this quick dinner recipe is that it takes no time to make and is easy to clean up.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

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