You don’t often find French recipes that are “Paint-by-the-Number,” but this week’s Tomato Salad with Parsley and Shallots from A Year in a French Kitchen by Mimi Thorisson is just such a recipe. Merely use the recipe’s photo as your guide to assembling the ingredients as intended by the author. The end result is a beautiful salad full of fresh summer flavors that can be enjoyed on its own as a first course or as a side to just about any entrée you can imagine, or even as a transnational dish at an All American Barbeque. No cooking involved; just a little slicing and dicing. So while you may say “To-may-toe” and I “to-maw-toe,” we will all agree that this is one stunningly delicious and alluring salad.

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Aurevoir and Bon Appetit until next week!