Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tomato Salad 3

Are you tired of tomatoes yet? I’m not :) I’ve been enjoying them a lot lately, much more actually than you see here. I’ve had this tomato salad with steak and this tomato salad with chicken. We have had even more in between.

You see, I don’t like tomatoes in my salads. But I love tomato salads! I’m funny that way. Since my last two posts however, it seems that a lot of you are funny that way too. Nice to know I’m in such great company! :)

So, I’ll share one last tomato salad before I move on. I hope you don’t mind terribly. Like the first two salads, this is blazingly simple to make but delicious nonetheless...highlighting the tomatoes' natural flavour.

Tomato Salad 3
  • 250-300 grams tomatoes (different sizes and colors are good -- of roughly the same volume)
  • 1 small red onion
  • A couple of sprigs each parsley and dill, leaves only, roughly chopped
  • 5 basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

- Slice the tomatoes in chunks – they don’t have to be the same shape, just approximately the same size.
- Slice the onion into thin half moons – as thin as you can manage.
- Toss onions, tomatoes, and chopped herbs together and dress with a couple of good glugs of olive oil and some dashes balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with sea salt (as good a finishing salt as you have – and don’t be shy about it) and freshly cracked black pepper. I always do this to taste but if you want a guide just use 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, toss, taste, and adjust. Toss don’t want battered tomatoes!

I know, I know...this is basically Tomato Salad 2 with herbs, and although almost painfully obvious (tomatoes + herbs = good), it’s still one of my favourites and I do feel I’d like to mark down my love for it here. The addition of greenery (herbs not lettuce!) really does make this an altogether different salad, adding its own layer of flavours that do a sprightly little dance, an altogether pleasant one I might add, around the tomatoes. I could eat this straight from the bowl with a spoon in one hand and a piece of crusty bread in the other.

I don’t always use the same set of herbs I’ve used here. In fact, each time I make this salad the number if herbs I use, and the combination thereof, changes. Cilantro, mint, culantro, thai basil, spring onions, chives, marjoram, chervil, lemon thyme. The possibilities are giddily endless! I usually toss in what I have on hand or fetch what I think would go well with whatever else we are eating.

Recently I bought a hefty tinapang bangus (smoked milkfish – one of my favourite types/preparations of fish ever. Period.) at the market, and we served it with the salad above, but switched all the herbs for cilantro – fish perfection! In fact, as far as we may be geographically, the cilantro version of this salad is our go-to siding for Filipino fish dishes and Mexican food (using a splash of red wine vinegar instead of the balsamic above). Gets on famously with both!

I’ve come to the end of my tomato salad series (although certainly not the end of tomato consumption!)! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did :) You can check out more ways with tomatoes over here.

For even more about tomatoes, go take a peek at the Summer Fest Party...they are celebrating tomatoes this week: Steamy Kitchen, Simmer Till Done, Matt Bites, Away to Garden, White on Rice, The Sister Project, and Gluten Free Girl.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Another wonderful tomato salad!



Divina Pe, RHN said...

I enjoyed all your tomato salads. Just keep them coming if you have more.

Junglefrog said...

In my opinion you can never have to many tomato salads so just keep sending through those recipes! Love this one too!

The Woman said...

Great pic - the tomatoes look so juicy I just want to take a bite!

I agree with you - sometimes the simmplest recipes are the best ones. No need to complicate things with lots of complex flavours.

kes said...

You've absolutely hit it. I don't like tomatoes in my salad either, but ADORE tomato salad. Thank you for articulating what has always had me wondering.

Midge said...

You can never have too many tomatoes, in my opinion. :)

You might also want to try this really easy tomato salad recipe I picked up from an old issue of House Beautiful:

Slice a large tomato crosswise. Drizzle honey on each slice and sprinkle on sea salt and freshly-ground pepper. Reassemble the tomato to serve. Sweet simplicity!

Anh said...

Tomatoes are so versatile, aren't they? :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Rosa! Glad you like it!

Hi Divina! Glad you enjoyed them! I’ll probably post more down the road...but I’ll give you guys a break for now :)

Hi Junglefrog! Thanks! I agree :)

Hi The Woman! Thank you! They were good tomatoes :) Simple always allows us to enjoy great ingredients yes? :)

Hi Kes! Aha! A like-minded tomato-eater! :)

Hi Midge! That sounds awesome! I must try that next time!

Hi Anh! Yes they sure are :)

Caviar and Codfish said...

I think they may be my favorite one yet. (I'm a sucker for red onions.)

Irene said...

Those tomatoes look gorgeous!

betty said...

Beautiful , yummy site-love the pictures! Thank you! Betty

ChichaJo said...

Hi Robin! Me the flavour with the tomatoes :)

Hi Irene! Thanks!

Hi Betty! Thanks for stopping and for that lovely comment :)

Bordeaux said...

I enjoyed this series of fresh tomato salads. Kind of makes me rethink the old tomato. I like the fruit, but I rarely use it these days 'cause it seems that here you only get the kind of tomatoes that would stay fresh for months even if you leave it our in the sun due to it having been GM-ed beyond recognition. Oi, maybe I'll find some that inspires me today.

Talita said...

A classic! I love tomato salad!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bordeaux! Hope you do find something that does inspire you :) If not a tomato maybe something equally wonderful on your side of the globe!

Hi Talita! Me too!

Ash said...

Tomatoes are on everyone's blog right now! I wouldn't blame you all... they are amazing at the moment!!
Your salads all look so delicious!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ash! Thanks! I'm loving the tomatoes :)