Thursday, April 25, 2013

The first tomato salad of the year!


This is really more of a celebration than a recipe.  I was at the market and came across a beautiful array of tomatoes.  Greens, yellows, rich reds in all shapes and sizes.  I realize they weren't picked from the garden off the plant but they did have a faint homegrown smell to them that I just couldn't resist.  Their flavors were tempted out of them by the dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. Mop the dressing up with some hearty multi grain bread and add a sprinkle of basil leaves and you have a treat and a promise of what is in store later in the summer.



Tomato Salad.

As many different types of tomatoes as you can lay your hands on.
Fresh basil leaves

For the dressing.

3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
6-7 tablespoons of olive oil
Pinch of Sea Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 minced garlic clove
Pinch of sugar



Slice the tomatoes and arrange them on a platter.

To make the dressing, place all the ingredients into a jar and shake vigorously.  Check the seasonings.  Pour over the tomatoes.  Sprinkle with a tiny bit more salt and pepper. Add the basil leaves and serve.


24 comments:

  1. Ooooh, that pinch of sugar sounds like the key! I've never done that before. What a pretty salad. :)

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  2. Terrific photos. My tomato seedlings are thee inches tall and I'm dreaming of the first tasty tomato.

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  3. Oh, that looks wonderful! I'm not a big fan of summer--too hot here in Kansas to enjoy--but one aspect I love is fresh tomatoes. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  4. Refreshing salad, n love the sugary twist! Great job

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  5. Oh yum! I don't make nearly enough salad, this one looks like a nice and easy one I can try :)

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  6. This reminds me of the gorgeous tomato salads I used to eat when I lived in France. Your selection of varieties really makes this a very attractive looking dish. The dressing sounds delicious too!
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  7. Beautiful! Simple things are often the tastiest aren't they? We have 80 tomato seedlings waiting to go into our new polytunnel, which means they will yield well and ripen even in dodgy weather. We have pink Russian ones, red ones, orange ones and purple ones this year, but no yellows because they didn't do that well when we had them last year. You post just got me all excited about picking fresh tomatoes and basil on a sunny day.... great pictures btw :)

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  8. Beautiful! I can have a tomato salad any time. I love the different shapes and colors that you've got there. I just planned some tomato seeds 2 weeks ago. Hope will get more crops this year.

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  9. I can't wait to make one of these...I can taste it now!

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  10. Just wonderful for spring! I love tomatoes.

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  11. Your tomatoes look juicy! Looks like you'll have a great harvest this year!

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  12. Brings back some great memories for me. My grandfather was a tomato grower. He farmed several acres of tomatoes and I loved it when he would let us go out in the fields and pick what we wanted. Tomatoes are still one of my very favorite garden items...

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  13. Where in the world did you find heirloom tomatoes? I've been craving them and can't wait for them to come back in season so that can make my heirloom tomato soup. This salad looks amazing and I'm going to search the grocery store tomorrow and see if I can find some similar tomatoes! Have a great weekend Mary!
    xoxo, Jackie

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  14. Some of those tomatoes on the vine are pretty good. By and large, though, the cherry tomatoes seem to pack the most punch during the off season. But you've succeeded in getting my appetite wet (as my mother used to say).

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  15. The salad looks so simple yet so delish...

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  16. Summer is here!Lovely pics!Many kisses,dear Mary!

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  17. Scrumptious! I can smell the olive oil and bruised basil from here!

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  18. Can't wait for summer tomatoes! My parsley is up but May 15th is the first frost free day in Utah. That is when the tomato and basil will be planted!

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  19. Oh spring is really here!! An absolutely gorgeous salad!

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  20. YES!!! This means spring really MUST be coming!

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  21. Your salad looks absolutely gorgeous! I love tomato salad in any form. :)

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  22. Beautiful pictures of a fabulous salad! These different tomatoes are just so very photogenic!

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  23. I am now drooling and can't get enough of this post! I adore summer tomatoes and your simple dressing sounds just right. I am ready for more tomatoes!

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