Summer Tomato Salad today, with memories of yesterday.
Summer tomato salad, fresh from the garden. There’s nothing better than homegrown!! We wait all summer for them to turn red and be ready to eat.
And it brings back memories of the tomato salads my mom made all the time! We didn’t have homegrown, but the next best thing, local “Jersey” tomatoes.
In our home garden, we are lucky enough to have a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, and purple tomatoes.
All the tomatoes were started from seeds. The red tomatoes are Better Boy Better Boys have nice smooth skin and are mild in flavor, a balance of sweetness and acidity. Better Boy tomatoes are disease resistant and the favorite of gardeners.
The yellow, orange and purple tomatoes are Heirloom tomatoes. Heirlooms come in a variety of colors. They are an old variety of tomatoes that have been around for some time. They are not particularly disease resistant, like the modern hybrid tomatoes.
Some Heirloom tomato varieties include Prudence Purple (very dark red, purplish), Pineapple (yellow and red), and Brandywine (red).
My husband is the gardener and he prides himself in his variety of vegetables. In addition to tomatoes, he is growing cucumbers, peppers, herbs, lettuce, and peas.
In addition to the Better Boys and Heirlooms, we also have cherry tomatoes on the vine. They are so sweet and make a great snack!
If you are not lucky enough to have tomatoes in the garden, try a local farmers market or roadside stand, and enjoy this Summer Tomato Salad.
Summer Tomato Salad
- 2 med Tomatoes, red
- 2 med Tomatoes, yellow
- 2 med Tomatoes, orange
- 1 Tbsp Basil, fresh, chopped
- 1 Tbsp Italian dressing
- Wash and dry tomatoes
- Cut tomatoes into medium size pieces, or as you prefer.Toss together in bowl.
- Finely chop fresh basil and sprinkle over the tomatoes, mixing gently.
- Add Italian salad dressing and toss gently.
- Regrigerate about 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to blend.
- Garnish with additional basil and enjoy.
Nutrition information per serving (serves 4): 56 calories, 2.4 gr fat, 0.4 gr sugar, 2.0 gr fiber