Monday, June 8, 2009

Basil- Tomato Salad


SUMMER FAVORITES!



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.

Eat!


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.

2 comments:

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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