I love late summer because it means my garden is bursting with fresh vegetables. This has been one of the warmest and sunniest summers we have had here in the NW for a long time. A hot, sunny summer translates into my being able to not only grow my own tomatoes, but to actually have them ripen! That doesn’t always happen here in the Seattle area, so this year I am flush with beautiful tomatoes.
If you are like me, making a simple salad with tomatoes just picked from my own garden is pure joy. Vine ripened and sweet, tomatoes make a great base for a lovely simple salad. This one is so easy to make without any cooking time.
Lately, I have been experimenting with some new flavor combinations, using more Mediterranean ingredients. One of my inspirations has been Dr. Andrew Weil. His philosophy of cooking is based on using whole or what he calls “true” foods, foods that are used in their true or original form. This beautiful Tomato Salad is based on one of his appetizers. I added some basil, chives and cucumber from the garden. I added the capers for a briny and savory touch to the salad. The cucumbers give it a bit of a crunch and they are a great compliment to the tomatoes.
Grilling or sautéing a nice piece of fish like salmon or cod and serving it with this salad makes for a perfect, light and healthy summer meal. A simple, easy and garden fresh salad loaded with flavor. Enjoy!