Sunday, August 3, 2008

Summer tomato salad

It's the middle of summer, and red ripe tomatoes are in abundance. I'm fortunate this year in that there are a couple people in our office whose parents grow more than they can eat, so every week or so, there will be bags or boxes of home-grown tomatoes free for the taking.

There's a recipe that I've made for years, and people always request it when there's a family get-together, so I thought I would share it here.

Summer Tomato Salad

6-8 red, ripe tomatoes (depends on their size and how much you want to make)
Wishbone Italian Dressing
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
8 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
Garlic salt
Fresh parsley, chopped

Peel and cut tomatoes in wedges, draining away the juice. (The juice can be reserved for something else - homemade soup, spaghetti sauce, whatever.) Put the tomato wedges into a large bowl (with a cover), and add the green onions, crumbled Feta, red onion, olives, garlic salt to taste, and parsley. Add the Italian dressing, cover, and refrigerate.

This tastes better if you can make it at least 4-5 hours before serving, and it's even better the second day, after the flavors have had plenty of time to meld together. It's a wonderful addition to any summer meal.



Vikki said...

oooh girl that sounds so good. And man I'm jealous of the fresh tomatoes. for the first time since I can remember I don't have access to fresh veggies from a family member. And there is nothing on this earth like fresh east Texas tomatoes, so fresh you can taste the sand they were grown in. Or fresh ripe Pecos cantaloupe... which is in my opinions God Most perfect food.
Stay cool!

Patty said...

Thanks, sweetie, it IS good, if I do say so myself! I feel very fortunate this year...I've never had this many free tomatoes in my life before!



Rose DesRochers said...

Your Summer Tomato Salad sounds delicious and healthy.

lady jhunnelle said...

it sounds good and healthy but we don't have fresh veggies here, it's hard to find.

You have a nice blog, keep on posting.

Saw your site on bloggertalk

jeri said...

This sounds so delicious--I've got 22 little tomatoes on the vine right now---think I'll be making some of this salad! Thanks for the great recipe.

Patty said...

Thanks, Rose! If you try it, let me know how you like it, okay?

Lady Jhunnelle -- I'm sorry you don't have fresh veggies where you makes me wonder where you ARE?? Thanks so much for "visiting me" from Bloggertalk!

Jeri - I'm jealous! I've never grown tomatoes but would like to try sometime. Anyway, if you make it, drop me a line and let me know how it turns out for you...

GJG said...

wow home grown ripe off the vine tomatoes-----here in southern california---all we get in the supermarkets are tomatoes picked green down in S. American , artifically reddened---and taste like plastic. I tried to grow tomatoes in big pots, but it just gets waaaay to hot, and the water bill -----well, one gets use to plastic after a time----still we can dream about real tomatoes, like I had back as a kid back in Pennsylvania, and ohio----(sigh). I like your blog, very perky and fresh----check out my blog below, I started blogging last April, and get yourself a blogger talk button for your page.

Gary (aka old dude)

Patty said...

Gary, you're missing out, man... I'm sorry you can't get homegrown tomatoes there.

I've bookmarked your blog. I really like it! You and I agree on some stuff, and what I may not agree with, I'm still smiling when I read it...

I'll look into the blogger talk button - I'm still figuring all this stuff out; thanks for the suggestion.

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