I think we all have things that remind us of the taste of summer, and one thing that reminds me of summer is a fresh garden tomato. Now, there are store bought, but a store-bought tomato cannot mimic the taste of one you have grown on your own.
I can remember setting at the kitchen table on my grandpa’s lap eating big tomato sandwiches built with two pieces of white bread, thick slices of tomato, a layer of mayo, and plenty of salt and pepper. I think I enjoyed sitting on his lap eating with him as much as what we were eating. We did this often, and my time at the table with him broadened my palate.
Several years ago when my husband and I were first married we stopped to visit an older Italian lady. She sat us down to eat, as most Italians do, and I ate something there I would add to my summer menu for years to come. It was simple, it was fresh, and it was flavorful – it was tomato basil salad. I had to re-create it! Summer was in full bloom and it was the season for big garden tomatoes. I started chopping….the fresh garden tomatoes, cloves of garlic, and fresh basil topped with coldpressed olive oil, pink salt and pepper. It was wonderful! And we haven’t gone and summer without it since.
I love to know what I’m eating is packed full of nutrition. Tomatoes reduce heart disease, boost your immune system, help reduce migraines, and help prevent cancer! Basil reduces phlegm, helps eliminate infection, and combats cold and flu! It tastes good, and is good for you…. you can’t beat that! Tomato Basil Salad with paired perfectly Crusty Artisan Bread!
Tomato Basil Salad
- 4-5 ripe tomatoes
- Handful of fresh basil
- 2 large garlic cloves grated
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp pink salt or sea salt or more to taste
- 1 tsp fresh ground pepper or more to taste
- Fresh Jalapeño slices optional
- Cut tomatoes in half, then cut into chunks.
- Coarsely chop the basil leaves very gently so they don't bruise.
- In a small separate bowl Grate or press garlic cloves into bowl.
- Add salt, pepper, and olive oil.
- Mix, pour over tomatoes and basil
- Top with jalapeño slices
- Stir and serve!