Sunday, August 31, 2008

Yummy Tomato Salad

Many of you already know that I am NOT a fan of the hot weather. I love the idea of summer – sunshine, warm breeze, and lots of greenery. But, I hate the sort of weather that comes with it. The sort of weather that makes me sweat.

A positive about winter is that you can ALWAYS add more layers. Grab a sweatshirt. Haul out a second pair of socks. Wrap yourself up in a blanket.

You CANNOT take the same approach to summer. Sure, you can remove a layer. But, eventually, you strip down to a level that risks violation of some public nudity laws. And that’s not something I’d recommend.

In addition to finding yourself a nice, air-conditioned location, another thing that I would heartily recommend for a day like today is a nice tomato salad. It makes the most of August bounty, it's GORGEOUS, and it won't require you to heat up the kitchen.

If you can find a few nice heirloom tomatoes, they do the job nicely. For this salad, we used a couple of peach tomatoes, red zebras, a purple Cherokee, and some Mexican midget cherry tomatoes.

We sliced them, spread them out on a platter, drizzled them with a nice garlic olive oil, some balsamic vinegar, and a bit of basil.
And enjoyed the scenery.
Add a side of crusty bread, some nice aged cheese, and you have yourself a perfect summer lunch that really beats the heat.

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  1. Those tomatoes are gorgeous! I'm jealous.

  2. love it. try that with some spelt and you'll have a hardy lunch.

  3. Beautiful tomatoes, the colors are magnificent!

  4. Wow - what amazing toms! This must surely be the perfect late-summer lunch...

  5. Those tomatoes look absolutely stunning. And yeah, sucks that nudity isn't an option in summer. At least if you're a guy you can get away with no shirt. Not quite so socially accepted for girls lol.

  6. Those are some beautiful looking tomatoes. I enjoyed this blog - although I am a hot weather gal myself :-)

  7. I love the colour of your tomatoes. Sooooo lovely!

  8. I'm with you, there's not enough words to describe just how much I hate hot weather! Your post is a revelation to me because I might have found out the reason why I adore tomatoes :). Lovely refreshing salad you've got here!

  9. Gorgeous tomatoes! Produce is one of the best parts of summer.

    I"m a summer girl though. I love hot weather. I can strip down as much as local laws permit and just...relax. Cold makes me tense. If I'm exposed to it long enough, I really can't get warm. I wouldn't mind it if I didn't have to spend so much time in it, but the horses need to be cared for all year long and they don't seem to care that I hate winter!


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