Recipe: Summery Heirloom Tomato Salad
Today is July 1st, and what better food to celebrate summer than the tomato?
Whether you’re a canner and plan to buy boxes of tomatoes to put away for the winter, or you just want a nice big slicer to eat with mayo and bread for a tasty summer-time sandwich, the tomato can be as hands-on or hands-off as you want. There are many ways to enjoy this summertime food, from gazpacho to lasagna to sliced on top of your 4th of July cheeseburger.
If you’re anything like me, sometimes all you need is a big meaty slice of an heirloom tomato sprinkled with a little salt. At your local farmers market, you can find heirloom tomatoes with evocative names like Mortgage Lifter, Garden Peach, White Wonder, Green Zebra, German Flag, and many more. Each of these tomatoes has its own distinctive taste and history. Just take one of these guys, slice, sprinkle with a little sea salt, and enjoy.
But if you are in the market for something to go with dinner – or to bring to an Independence Day potluck! – try this cool, summertime salad.
Summery Heirloom Tomato Salad
- 1 lb. assorted medium heirloom tomatoes, cored and cut into chunks
- 1/2 sweet red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoon fresh, coarsely chopped oregano (or 2 teaspoons dried)
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1. In a serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion and oregano.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Add enough to the tomato mixture to lightly coat when tossed. Save any extra vinaigrette in a bottle or jar to use another time.
3. Sprinkle feta on salad. Add additional salt and pepper to taste and serve.