Fresh Tomato Napoleon Recipe with Goat Cheese and Lettuces

Fresh Tomato Napoleon

Fresh Tomato Napoleon Recipe with Goat Cheese and Lettuces
Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 4


Fresh Tomato Napoleon
Fresh Tomato Napoleon

Fresh Tomato Napoleon is a delightful and refreshing dish that showcases the vibrant flavors of ripe tomatoes, tangy dressing, and creamy cheese. This recipe is perfect for a light and healthy meal or as a colorful appetizer to impress your guests.


The origins of the Fresh Tomato Napoleon are not clear, but it is believed to have been inspired by the classic French pastry dessert, Napoleon. This savory version replaces the layers of puff pastry with slices of fresh tomatoes, creating a light and flavorful dish.


How to prepare

  1. Use tomatoes that are at room temperature and fully ripe.
  2. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each tomato and discard. Then, cut the remaining tomatoes into 4 slices each and set them aside.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and sugar until well blended to make the dressing.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss the greens with about a tablespoon of the dressing.
  5. On each of 4 plates, place a bottom tomato slice. Sprinkle lightly with cheese and greens. Repeat the layering process 3 more times, ending with the top tomato slice. Drizzle with the remaining dressing.
  6. Serve as an appetizer, with grilled beef or chicken, on a salad plate with cheese and fish salad, etc.


  • Add fresh herbs like basil or parsley to the dressing for extra flavor.
  • Substitute the cheese with feta, goat cheese, or mozzarella for a different taste.
  • Top the Napoleon with a balsamic glaze or pesto for a gourmet touch.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Use ripe, juicy tomatoes for the best flavor and texture.

- Make sure to cut the tomatoes into even slices for a visually appealing presentation.

- Tossing the greens with the dressing before assembling the dish ensures that every bite is well seasoned.

- Feel free to customize the recipe by adding your favorite herbs or spices to the dressing.

Serving Suggestions

Fresh Tomato Napoleon can be served as a light appetizer, a side dish, or a main course. Pair it with grilled meats, seafood, or a fresh salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making a delicious Fresh Tomato Napoleon is to use ripe, flavorful tomatoes and to season each layer generously with the dressing.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have fresh tomatoes, you can use heirloom tomatoes or cherry tomatoes instead. You can also substitute the cheese with avocado or nuts for a dairy-free version.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dressing and slice the tomatoes ahead of time, but it's best to assemble the Napoleon just before serving to prevent the tomatoes from becoming soggy.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the Fresh Tomato Napoleon on a platter and garnish with fresh herbs or edible flowers for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Fresh Tomato Napoleon pairs well with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. It also goes well with a light beer or sparkling water.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Fresh Tomato Napoleon is best enjoyed fresh, but any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or enjoy cold.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fresh Tomato Napoleon contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Fresh Tomato Napoleon contains approximately 10 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Fresh Tomato Napoleon contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Fresh Tomato Napoleon contains approximately 8 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Fresh Tomato Napoleon is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium.


This recipe contains dairy (cheese) and may not be suitable for individuals with lactose intolerance or dairy allergies.


Fresh Tomato Napoleon is a nutritious and flavorful dish that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. It makes a great addition to a balanced diet.


Fresh Tomato Napoleon is a simple yet elegant dish that celebrates the flavors of ripe tomatoes and creamy cheese. With a tangy dressing and fresh greens, this recipe is perfect for a light and refreshing meal.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of finding this recipe for the first time is still fresh in my mind. It was a hot summer day, much like today, and I had just returned from a trip to the local farmer's market. The stalls were overflowing with the most beautiful, ripe tomatoes I had ever seen. As I sorted through the different varieties, a kind old farmer approached me with a twinkle in his eye.

"Have you ever tried a Fresh Tomato Napoleon, my dear?" he asked, his weathered hands gesturing towards a stack of heirloom tomatoes.

I shook my head, intrigued by the sound of such a dish. The farmer then proceeded to tell me about this classic French recipe that he had learned from his own grandmother many years ago. He spoke of layers of juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil, all drizzled with a balsamic reduction. My mouth watered just thinking about it.

I thanked the farmer for sharing this recipe with me and purchased a basket of tomatoes to take home. As I walked back to my kitchen, I couldn't wait to try my hand at making this Fresh Tomato Napoleon. I pulled out my favorite cookbook, filled with handwritten notes and recipes collected over the years, and began to search for a similar recipe.

After a bit of searching, I found a recipe for a Tomato and Mozzarella Napoleon that looked promising. I gathered all the ingredients I would need – tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and a few other pantry staples. With a sense of anticipation, I began to assemble the layers of this delightful dish.

First, I sliced the tomatoes into thick rounds, marveling at their vibrant colors and sweet aroma. I then sliced the mozzarella cheese into equally thick rounds and picked fresh basil leaves from my herb garden. As I layered the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil on a platter, I couldn't help but admire the beauty of this simple yet elegant dish.

Next, I drizzled a balsamic reduction over the top, watching as it glistened and pooled around the edges of the plate. A pinch of sea salt and a grind of black pepper added the perfect finishing touch. I stood back and surveyed my creation, feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment.

As I took my first bite of the Fresh Tomato Napoleon, I was transported to a sun-drenched terrace in the south of France. The flavors of ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and peppery basil danced on my tongue, while the tangy balsamic reduction added a delightful contrast. It was a symphony of flavors and textures that left me wanting more.

From that day on, the Fresh Tomato Napoleon became a staple in my kitchen. I shared the recipe with friends and family, who all marveled at its simplicity and deliciousness. It became a dish that I would make time and time again, especially during the peak of tomato season when the fruits were at their ripest and most flavorful.

Over the years, I have made a few tweaks to the original recipe, adding a drizzle of pesto or a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts for extra flavor and crunch. But the essence of the dish remains the same – fresh, seasonal ingredients that come together to create a true culinary masterpiece.

As I sit here now, recounting the story of how I learned to make the Fresh Tomato Napoleon, I am filled with gratitude for that kind old farmer who shared his family recipe with me. It is a dish that holds a special place in my heart, a reminder of the joys of cooking and sharing good food with loved ones.

And so, I will continue to make this Fresh Tomato Napoleon for years to come, passing down the recipe to future generations and sharing the story of how it came to be a beloved part of my culinary repertoire. For in the world of cooking, as in life, some of the best recipes are those that are shared and cherished by all.


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