Friday, May 28, 2010

Welcome Summer!

Memorial Day weekend is here, marking the unofficial start to summer. My favorite summer foods are in complete contrast to my winter favorites. During the winter I’m all about casseroles, soups & stews – comfort, comfort, comfort. And summer is all fruits, vegetables, and light fare.

My absolute favorite summer fruit/veggie is the tomato. You debate the fruit or veggie-ness of tomatoes; I actually don’t care if it’s a fruit or a vegetable – as long as it’s fresh and delicious. Anyway, as any true Jersey girl knows tomatoes are the best summer food, and while I would never eat it like an apple (there’ an urban legend out there somewhere about people that do this with tomatoes and onions – go figure), my acid reflux and I could eat tomato sandwiches or salads everyday.

Super quick Tomato Salad

6 to 8 tomatoes Roma and/or Beefsteak Tomatoes (you can also mix in yellow, orange, red, on the vine, grape tomatoes), either in slices or large diced pieces
2 cloves fresh garlic minced
8 to 10 fresh Basil leaves cut into ribbons
About ½ cup Olive Oil
About ¼ cup lemon juice
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

In a large bowl, combine olive oil and lemon juice.
Add minced garlic and basil.
Lightly season with salt and pepper then add tomatoes.
Mix everything together and taste for seasoning.

Eat straight out of the bowl with crusty Italian bread (unless, of course you’re sharing, in which case this should serve 4).

One last thing this salad can also be made into more of a salad by adding in:

1 English cucumber
½ Red Onion

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