Wow, it’s been awhile. We have completed our move from Guelph down to the Niagara region and are finally getting settled in. I have been spending a lot of my free time getting acquainted with some of the farmers markets and farms that are in the area. There is certainly no shortage of farm-fresh fruits and veggies down here this time of year; I’m loving it!
One of my favourite purchases has been fresh local tomatoes. I try to get all my tomato cravings out at this time of year and then abstain when they are out of season and not-so-delicious. I’ve been trying different varieties this year to see what I may like to try and grow next year. As I was admiring all of the beautiful colours in my bowl, I decided I should share my favourite tomato salad recipe.
Unfortunately, I’m the only one in my household who likes tomatoes. Nicholas will eat them sometimes, so I always put a little on his plate just in case, but I make this salad in small portions, as I’m usually enjoying it on my own. That’s ok though, some things are too good to share anyway.
This salad is all about winging it with whatever you have on hand, which is part of the reason I like it so much. Since I never measure the ingredients, everything is approximate, and if you don’t have or don’t like one, two, or even three of the ingredients, you can easily leave it out and still come out with a great tasting salad.
Easy-Going Tomato Salad
(All ingredients except tomatoes are optional depending on what you have on hand and your preferences)
- ½ cups roughly chopped tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes of any variety
- 2 big splashes of olive oil
- 1 big splash of balsamic
- 1 small clove of garlic pressed or minced
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil or parsley or other herb of choice
- 1-2 tsp finely chopped red onion
- 1 tbsp goat cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 slice hearty whole grain bread (fresh, stale, or lightly toasted)
Gently mix everything in a bowl until your tomatoes are coated in a nice creamy dressing (unless you leave out the cheese, then it won’t be creamy). You should have quite a bit of delicious liquid in the bottom of the bowl due to adding salt to the tomatoes. This is intentional, as you can either add some homemade croutons (hunks of stale or lightly toasted bread) to soak it up or leave it to the end to mop up with freshly baked bread. Yum!