Tomato Carpaccio Salad

with Aged Sherry Vinaigrette

Prep: 15 mins Total: 30 mins Serves: 6
Chef Jonathan Lundy

Lexington, Kentucky

Jonathan Lundy is a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist chef and Kentucky native. His love for authentic, scratch cooking is rooted in local, fresh ingredients.

Corto Lima

“This one is such a classic Kentucky dish for me. It’s taken from the pages of my James Beard award-winning cookbook, Jonathan’s Bluegrass Table (2010).

I use AppHarvest’s produce to continually reinvent seasonal dishes that deliver a creative twist on the classics. It seems crazy to have fresh tomatoes in the winter, but AppHarvest gives me an opportunity to use local, fresh tomatoes year-round at my restaurants, Corto Lima and ItalX.”


  • 2 cups aged sherry vinegar
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 4-6 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced very thin and layered onto a large plate
  • 4-6 heads of baby lettuce
  • 6 shallots, peeled and sliced very thin
  • Toasted focaccia croutons, cut in to 2-inch by 1-inch “logs”
  • Shaved parmesan cheese, as needed
  • Sea salt, as needed
  • Fresh ground pepper, as needed


Step 1

Add sherry vinegar, thyme, crushed garlic, salt, black pepper and Dijon in a small pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool. Strain, discard herbs, garlic, and peppercorns.

Step 2

Place the flavored reduced vinegar into a mixing bowl and whisk in olive oil. Set aside.

Step 3

Marinate sliced shallots in a small amount of the vinaigrette. Set aside.

Step 4

Arrange thinly sliced tomatoes on serving plates. In the center of each plate, arrange the croutons into a square stack consisting of 6 croutons each “Lincoln Log style.” Carefully stand lettuce leaves into the crouton stack.

Step 5

Add shallots and parmesan over the tomatoes and drizzle the plate with the vinaigrette.