La Belle Salade de Tomates de Monsieur Seguin – The delicious Tomato Salad à la Seguin

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Please don’t ask me why it is Monsieur Seguin who gave his name to this beautiful salad, I really can’t say, even if I have being living in France for years and prepared this dish many times, toutefois, however, this salad is, in all its simplicity so tasty and refined that you could cry… seriously.
The only requirement to make it like Mr Seguin wanted, meaning exceptional, is to use some pure high quality ingredients like a real French crottin, sorry,  that’s the name of this particular type of individual goat cheese. As an option, I could  only accept  the individual ‘crottin’ made in Vermont, served  warm with  some fresh tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
The olive oil should be slightly sharp and balsamic vinegar instead more sweet than tart. Add a zesty sweetness from a fresh red onion and all ingredients are there to make you, your table guests… and Monsieur Seguin happy.

This dish is a wonderful summer dinner, appetizer or a light entree.

Lets’s do it !!!

Ingredients: Serves 4
  • 3 medium ripe yet firm fresh tomatoes
  • 4  Crottins de Chavignol or French individual goat cheeses the one here  La Coupole (from Whole Foods)
  • 1 medium red onion sliced in rondelles, thin round slices or thinly chppped
  • fresh thyme
  • 1 french baguette, sliced
  • 5 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and coarse pepper at your taste.
  • 1 teaspoon of honey for each goat cheese.
  • handful of capers (optional)

How you make it :

  • Preheat the oven at 375F.
  • In flat dish add baguettes slices, 1 tablespoon olive oil, fresh thyme a teaspoon of salt, mix well so that bread slices absorb olive oil.
  • Lay baguette slices on a baking dish and place it in the warm  oven 5 minutes before serving.
  • Slice tomatoes thin and  in a bowl, prepare tomato sala , add red onion, olive oil balsamic vinegar , salt and pepper fresh thyme. Reserve.
  • On large baking dish, place the individual goat cheeses.
  • Place bread slices and goat cheese dishes ( separate dishes) into the oven.
  • Let the cheese  warm up about 3-5 minutes (depending on goat cheese type) until  the base of goat cheese starts to melt and  to soften.
  • Bread slices should be golden when done.
  • Remove both dishes from the oven. Be ready to serve quickly.

To Serve:
On each plate, place the warm goat cheese on one side, top with 2 drops of honey, garnish with the  tomato salad, adjust vinaigrette, salt and pepper, sprinkle with few capers (optional) and serve warm.

Chaud et froid mais delicieux. (Warm and cold delicious combination).

Did you know? Crottin is an old farmer artisan cheese name meaning… “little drop”…
It definitely deserves a better name considering its deliciousness…

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One comment on “La Belle Salade de Tomates de Monsieur Seguin – The delicious Tomato Salad à la Seguin

  1. Beverly on said:

    The name of the salad comes from a short story by Alfonse Daudet called “Le Chevre de M. Seguin”. Daudet was a Provençal writer whose most famous work is “Letters from My Windmill”. Anyway, the salad name is taken from the story of M. Seguin and his goat Blanquette. He had many goats over the years and they always ran away to the mountains and be eaten by wolves so when he got Blanquette — he decided to keep her locked up. Every day when he would go to feed her, he would find her staring out the small window in her enclosure at the mountains. She grew very sad. Finally M. Seguin agreed to let her go to the mountains for one night if she would promise to return in the morning. Blanquette agreed and happily ran off up the mountain. She was very happy and enjoying her freedom when she too encountered a wolf. She chose to try and enjoy her freedom a bit longer and was captured and killed by the wolf. And there we have the price of freedom — even for a little while.

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