Monday, June 8, 2009

Basil- Tomato Salad


At the height of summer, when both fresh tomatoes and home-grown basil are in season, I tend to get a little wild with my favorite flavor pairing. Tomato and basil compliment each other to perfection, and they come in enough colorful varieties to please everyone.

To celebrate, I'm posting a few of my favorite tomato-basil recipes....

Basil-Tomato Salad

* 2 large, ripe, firm tomatoes (a variety meant for chopping)
* 1 cup fresh basil leaves (about 15 large leaves - I like to combine the lemon basil and purple)
* 1 green onion or 1/4 of a small sweet onion chopped
* 5 small fronds of parsley
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Chop (or tear) the first four ingredients and toss gently.

Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over salad. Toss again.


Alternate Ending: This simple salad can be combined with bite size cuts of mozzarella cheese, spooned over garlic toast for a bruschetta, or used to garnish steak hot or cold. It will last at least one day in the fridge.


Yunaleska said...

My mouth is watering! I'll try and make that this week

Amy said...

*cries* I really wish I liked raw tomato :( o.O This sounds great :D

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