Thursday, August 28, 2008

Simple Pleasures #2: Jersey Tomato Salad

This will be my last post on Jersey Tomatoes. Summer is almost over and it's time to make some recipes with other "end of summer bounty", and anyway, the squirrels have stolen all of my tomatoes, so I have none left to blog about!!!

What to do with all those ripe Jersey Tomatoes Part II.

I made a great tomato salad for lunch with everything local, including the fresh made mozzarella from Antonio's Mozzarella Factory in NJ (except for the Greek olives!).

Assemble tomato slices and layer with sliced, fresh mozzarella cheese.

Make a chiffonade of basil (roll your leaves together, and slice into thin strips, this is "chiffonade").

Chop kalamata olives, & yellow baby pear tomatoes and throw on top.
No salt is needed, but I like black pepper.

Dressing: 1 tbsp. of basil pesto & 4 tbsp. of olive oil. Whisk w/ a fork.
When ready to serve, drizzle dressing over salad.
Serve with crusty bread. Makes a great first course or lunch. Another simple pleasure of summer.............which is almost at its end. Boo hoo.