Tomato Salad is Summer in a Dish!
Here in Michigan my garden is in full swing! Tomatoes are ripening faster than we can pick them, we have cucumbers coming out of our ears,onions, okra, pole beans etc., etc…. If you have a garden I’m sure you know the drill.
One of my favorite dishes this time of year is a tomato salad that my wife’s grandma used to make for me and the tradition has been passed down to us. To me, it really is summer in a dish!
Making salads is the only benefit to gardening, you get plenty of exercise as well, plus being outdoors is a bonus!
Now if you are not into gardening, and not everybody is or even can be due to physical limitation. I strongly encourage gardening if you can.
So if you can’t garden then go to your local farmers market and get the ingredients there. You’ll get a little exercise walking in the market, get some fresh healthy food, and get to make one of the best salads that exist!
Making Summer in a Dish
To make this tomato salad all you need are fresh tomatoes of your liking, cukes, onions and sweet basil . For me it’s any heirloom tomato like Brandywine, Purple Cherokee or Black Krim tomatoes to name a few. (Yes, I have them all in my Garden and then some!)
Onions, I like the purple variety, but honestly I think any onion or even chives would do.
And finally sweet basil and cucumbers. You can add more or less to your own taste or add some other vegetables or herbs you like, there really are no rules with this salad, so be creative!
Ok, so here is how it’s put together: (If you don’t have a garden go to your local farmers market, it’ll be just as good!) Serves about 4.
4 large ripe tomatoes cubed to about 1 or 2 inches in size
1 medium onion or chives thinly sliced or chopped.
2 Cucumbers sliced
About 2 cups of basil leaves roughly chopped.
Add all of this to a bowl and toss together. Now add about 2 cups of your favorite Italian dressing.You can substitute the Italian dressing with vinegar and oil to your liking. You can add more or less dressing to your own taste.
Now add salt and pepper to taste.
I like to let this tomato salad sit in the fridge for at least a few hours to give all the fresh flavors and juices a chance to mix together. It seems the longer it sits, the better it taste, but you be the judge of that.
You can add green peppers if you like or some spinach or lettuce, though as I’m sure you know you can’t leave lettuce soaking in dressing for to long.
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