Guaranteed to make heads turn and mouths gape, this bursting globe of colorful vegetables and lettuces is nothing short of stunning. The gourmet micro-greens and exotic herbs listed below are only suggestions; it’s best to simply stroll through your favorite produce shop of farmers’ market and let your senses be your guide.
Wash all the ingredients very gently. Cut the tops from the tomatoes and hollow them out carefully, without breaking the tomato skin. Artfully arrange remaining salad ingredients in the tomatoes as if they are flowers in vases. Chill, loosely covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
In a nonreactive bowl, combine shallot, vinegar, cognac, mustard, and sugar. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.