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TOMATO-GRUYERE-BASIL SALAD                           Nancy Matulich


2          high quality fresh tomatoes
8          ounces Gruyere or smoked Gouda cheese
1/3       cup balsamic vinegar
1/3       cup good quality olive oil
1/4       cup soy sauce
2          garlic cloves, pressed
2            tablespoons chopped fresh basil
enough salad greens for about 3 - 4 salads
Fresh ground pepper

Cut tomatoes into wedges; cut cheese into inch cubes.  Toss tomato, cheese, vinegar, olive oil, soy, garlic and basil in a big bowl.  Cover and let chill for at least 30 minutes.

Serve over greens and pass the fresh ground or cracked pepper. 

Great with good quality French or Italian bread.  Pinot Gris or a Sauvignon Blanc are good wine selections to pair with the acid in the tomatoes and the vinegar.