Friday, June 18, 2010

Tomato and Red Onion Salad

On these hot summer days, cooking seems like the last thing I want to do. I have been trying to cook in the early morning and have a "cold" dinner if I even feel like eating. Yesterday I went to our Farmer's Market and purchased some fresh tomatoes, onions, basil, and mozzarella cheese. I decided a fresh salad would ease the heat.

You can make this ahead of time and let it chill for a while in the refrigerator. It makes a wonderful meal with cold fried chicken. Filling enough for a lunch by itself. As always, you can substitute or add some ingredients. I added peeled cucumbers and some black olives to mine
. Along with a slice of fresh bread an I was in heaven.

Tomato and Red Onion Salad

6 to 8 ripe tomatoes, wash and cored, cut into wedges
1 cup good olive oil
3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar - I like Italian style.
2 medium red onions, peel and cut lengthwise in slivers
4 to 5 cloves of garlic, peel and mince
8 to 10 leaves of fresh basil, I tear mine
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon oregano

1. Place the tomatoes in a bowl. Add all ingredients except the Mozzarella.
2. Toss ingredients.
3. Chill for at least an hour.
4. Place slices of Mozzarella cheese on a plate.
5. Spoon tomato mixture on top.
6. Feast!


Terri Kahrs said...

My mouth began to water as soon as I saw those luscious tomatoes! Our local ones haven't arrived yet, but will soon and my basil has grown and is ready and waiting! Thanks for a super recipe!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Lindart said...

This looks so yummy, and fits great in my low-carb diet! I will add the olives too, but sadly, not the bread!

Melinda Cornish said...

ooh yummy! I have tomatoes and basil in my garden too....I better go pick some.....