Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

This has got to be one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Its certainly not because of the triple digit heat or the annual brush fires burning out of control in Southern California.

It is because Hatch Chile season is just around the corner!

Yes, I love Hatch Chile season, because I love chile peppers in all forms. I grow three different kinds of chiles in my little organic garden: Poblano, Shishito and Habanero. I can’t grow Hatch chiles, because they are unique to New Mexico, where they get their one of a kind flavor.

But it is OK that I can’t grow my own, because every year, thanks to Melissa’s Produce, I can go to a local supermarket and get freshly roasted Hatch Chiles by the case! Then all I have to do is clean, pack and freeze them for a years worth of deliciousness.

In fact, you can probably find a Hatch Chile roasting near you! Click here for a listing of chile roasting events all over the country.

Recently, my friend and fellow food blogger Erika Kerekes introduced another flavor in her line of sauces Not Ketchup. With no added sugar, Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup is a great sauce to have in your pantry. Sweetened with only fruit, the addition of Hatch Chile powder adds a lovely and balanced kick to this sauce.

Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup

Tomato season is in full swing, and you can find sweet and juicy tomatoes at your local farmer’s markets, or even your own garden. The minute I tasted Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup I knew the spicy sweetness would compliment summer tomatoes. So I made a fat free vinaigrette, and added a little extra zing with some ground Hatch chile powder.

I suggest serving this Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette with the dressing and seasoning salt on the side. I used Hawaiian black sea salt, but any sea salt will be delicious. I recommend sea salt because of its clean flavor, which will enhance the flavor of the vegetables.

Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

Don’t hesitate to use this dressing on other vegetables, salad greens or to dress chicken or tuna salad. It is a wonderful way to add flavor without adding extra fat.

 

Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette
 
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Serves: ½ cup
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon raw sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon lightly chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • ⅛ teaspoon mild Hatch chile powder
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

 

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Farmer’s markets are overloaded with vine ripened tomatoes, bursting with juicy flavors ranging from sugary sweet to mouth puckeringly tart. This salad calls for large heirloom tomatoes, but do not hesitate to use smaller or even cherry tomatoes for this salad. What is important is the flavor you prefer.

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