FRESH HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD WITH CUCUMBERS AND BASIL
This is one of the most delicious summer salads that just shouts out the richness of our local summer bounty. Late summer the heirloom tomatoes are at their sweetest. It makes a colorful salad if you use different varieties of tomatoes. It’s fun to experiment with different cucumbers, and it’s also fun to experiment with different types of vinegars. Be creative!
4-6 large heirloom tomatoes
handful of yellow pear tomatoes
6 small green zebra tomatoes
4 medium sized green cucumbers OR 1 long Armenian cucumber OR 4 medium sized yellow lemon cucumbers
splash of olive oil
splash of balsamic vinegar
sliced basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: thinly sliced sweet pepper strips
Cut large tomatoes into bite-sized chunks and green zebras in half or quarters if they are large. Make sure to cut out the hard, green part at the top of the tomato. Peel the green cucumbers and the lemon cucumbers. The Armenian cucs don’t need peeling. Slice all very thin. Toss all together. Splash with balsamic vinegar and olive oil to taste. Add salt and pepper and serve in a pretty bowl or on a large serving platter.
By Suzanne Simpson