Bittman Salad 13: Strawberries and Tomatoes

Bittman Salad No.

I’m pleased to say that I’m on a roll with Mark Bittman’s “101 Simple Salads for the Season” and surprisingly ahead of my original plan.  My twelve-page print out from the New York Times, as many of my other cookbooks, is beginning to look respectfully used.  With four recipes completed in five days, and a fifth on the menu for tonight’s dinner,  there are bits of this and that splashed on the sheets, paper edges are beginning to curl, and my notes are scrawled on the salads I’ve tried so far.  Clearly, I love this project.

Since we’re clearly in the time of plenty with respect to ingredients, I seem to be following the recipes in the Vegan category primarily.  My fridge is packed with fresh veggies all vying for my attention, so they’re getting it.  Hence, my second salad, No. 13 which was to have been a red salad.

Clearly, I chose a different route.  There will be red, however.  Wait for it…

Salad Ingredients

Bittman Salad 13:  Strawberries and Tomatoes


1 big yellow tomato

1 hand full of yellow cherry tomatoes

5-6 big strawberries

5-6 red sorrel leaves


Parmesan, fresh, shaved

balsamic vinegar

salt & pepper


  1. Slice the large tomato into wedges.
  2. Hull the strawberries and slice them in half.
  3. Arrange on a dinner plate with the sorrel.
  4. Sprinkle the basil over and grate the Parmesan.
  5. Salt and pepper, then drizzle the balsamic vinegar around it all.
  6. Toss gently before serving.

Bittman Salad No. 13

Recipe Notes

  • Sorrel is a tender green that is best used in salads.  I actually grew it in my little herb box.  It has a mild flavor that is more sweet than bitter.
  • I grew the tiny golden tomatoes as well.  They’re so sweet it’s almost like eating fruit.  Yes, I know that technically tomatoes are fruit, but it’s not often they’re this sweet.
  • I’m so used to adding extra virgin olive oil to salads — even in small quantities — that I nearly added it to this salad.  It’s completely not necessary unless you’d like to try a special olive oil you really want to savor.
  • Definitely add the pepper.  It’s a surprisingly pleasant taste with all the sweetness in this.
  • The basil I’ve grown this summer produces tiny leaves on small bushes.  I know I should be able to tell you the variety, but I can’t remember what the tag says.  I’m not a very good urban farmer.
  • Make sure you load the fork with a bit of everything to get the amazing flavor of this salad.
  • Do I need to say this is beyond healthy and loaded with antioxidants?
  • Pour yourself and your date a nice glass of white wine and share this from the same plate.  Pretty romantic if you ask me.

Red & Yellow Salad



23 thoughts on “Bittman Salad 13: Strawberries and Tomatoes

  1. I think this is a fun project! This looks and sounds delicious. We have so many tomatoes already I’m digging for ideas to liven up our salads. Printed out Bittman’s list tonight…

    1. It will be fun to see what you think! Ran across our first failure tonight. Not bad out of 5 I’m thinking. And I still think it can be improved upon ; )

    1. Thanks joey — I’m having quite a bit of fun. We did run into our first dud last night at dinner though. I might have to save those for a post and get suggestions from others…We’ll see!

  2. Kelly..I LOVE that you’re taking on Bittman’s 101 salads! I saw this in the NY Times, and thought..hmm..need to try some of these. Well, Now I can get first hand accounts right here! They all look great thus far, and your take on the strawberry and tomato salad is gorgeous as are the photos!

    1. Thanks Lisa — I think the biggest surprise on this one was that a tomato could actually taste more sweet than a strawberry! Definitely a fabulous mouthful of flavor with this.

  3. I’m so hungry right now, looking at your wonderful pictures! I can’t wait for our tomatoes to finish ripening–this salad is a must make this summer!

  4. Homegrown sorrel AND golden cherry toms? Oh, I am jealous. You have really got me thinking I need to get started on this one, but I have been up to my elbows in blackberries this week.

    And what is it about the yellow tomatoes? Somehow, they just taste more interesting, don’t they?

  5. I need to grow sorrel. Can never find it anywhere. SOOOOO jealous of your tomatoes… east coast has been clobbered.

    While I don’t love fruit with my salad (or meat), and Bittman seems rather into it, I’m glad you’re having fun experimenting with Bittman’s list!

  6. I adore salads like this. Simple, elegant and completely delicious. Gorgeous, gorgeous. If there were a salad beauty pageant, this would win the grand prize. I’ve never has Sorrell before and I just love greens. I’ll keep my eyes open for that.

  7. A beautiful and very colorful salad! I, too, am always amazed at how sweet tomatoes can be. Even though I’ll never think of them as fruit.

    Love this one!

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