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2 cups packed fresh basil leaves (about 2 large bunches)
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 green onions, thinly sliced
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup mayonnaise
l/2 tsp. pepper
4 lbs. firm ripe tomatoes
Fresh basil sprigs
Blend 2 cups fresh basil, buttermilk, sliced green onions and salt
in processor until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Add mayonnaise and
pepper and whisk until dressing is smooth. LEt stand 30 mins.
Season to taste with s&p. (Can be made 8 hrs. ahead. Cover tightly
and refrigerate.)
Core and slice tomatoes. Arrange on platter. Spoon enough dressing
over the tomatoes to coat. GArnish with basil sprigs. Serve, passing
extra dressing separately.
Serves 8. Bon Appetit July l992

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