Sweet, Sweet Summer tomatoes! As beautiful as a red red rose. At least to most people.
I myself am not a big fan of fresh tomatoes. *ACKK* Don’t hate me forever for admitting this terrible truth. “Hello, my name is Tammy and I don’t like tomatoes”.
Well, maybe that isn’t entirely true. I love fresh out of the garden tomatoes, but only if they are cooked in another dish. Tomato sauce, fodder for a chicken wrap, margarita pizza, sun dried tomatoes… The list goes on. Yes, fresh home grown tomatoes are by far better for all recipes that call for tomatoes.
Now Tommy on the other hand, LOVES tomatoes. Specifically the fresh home grown tomatoes from the farmer’s market in the summer time.
Now, you have to keep in mind that we live in Southwestern Colorado. The growing season here is extremely short. So the time Tommy gets to enjoy this particular fresh tomato salad is, likewise, pretty short.
Any variety of tomato will work for this salad, but I usually favor the Roma, because they are easier to work with. Not as messy or juicy, than its round cousin. Roma’s are firm-er (is that a word?) and generally easier to cut up. The salad I have pictured here is a combination of roma tomatoes and a traditional round beefsteak type of tomato that a friend gave us out of his garden.
Fresh ripe tomatoes, a dash of salt, fresh garlic, basil, manchego cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I call it Twisty Caprese because it is Caprese with a twist. *WINK*
I hope all you tomato lovers out there will enjoy this summertime salad as much as Tommy does!
- 4 Roma Tomatoes
- 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped fine
- 4 Basil Leaves, chiffonade
- 2-3 T Manchego Cheese, shredded
- 2 T Balsamic Vinegar
- Dash of Salt
- Slice the tomatoes ½ inch thick and layer in your bowl
- Sprinkle with salt, garlic, basil, and Manchego Cheese
- Drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar and toss to combine
- Serve as an appetizer or side dish