SIMPLE SIDE SALAD
On a warm day, having fresh, ripe tomatoes on hand is a blessing. When you are short on time, tomatoes are there to help. This is a quick recipe my family has often served as a side salad. It goes nicely with a juicy steak!
Start off by thickly slicing some tomatoes. As a general rule, you can use 1 tomato per person. The thicker cut gives the tomato salad substance.
Here is where the flavours come in. I LOVE garlic and it adds a real bite to this salad. For 3 tomatoes I mince 2 garlic gloves. If you are not a fan, you may want to use less. It is fresh garlic so if you are planning this for a date night. . . . .keep that in mind 😉 Add a handful of freshly chopped parsley to the garlic and mix together.
The next important step is to add a bit of pepper to your tomatoes. You will also need to salt them. Tomatoes need salt because it brings out the flavour. Sprinkle the garlic and parsley mixture evenly over the prepared slices of tomato. Finally, drizzle the salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Like salt, you can be a bit more liberal with the oil and vinegar than you would be with green lettuce, for example. That is how easy it is. You might also want to have some fresh bread close by to soak up the olive oil mixture left on the plate.
Sometimes I add bocconcini slices under the tomato and sprinkle it with parmesan cheese for a bit of added protein. It makes a light, vegetarian meal option rather than a side salad. I also replace the parsley and garlic with fresh, chopped basil.
Ensalada de Tomate
3 ripe, medium tomatoes
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
sea salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 C parsley finely chopped
1. Wash and thickly slice tomatoes 1/2 cm thick.
2. Arrange tomatoes on a plate.
3. Add salt and pepper to each slice.
4. Mix parsley and garlic together.
5. Sprinkle parsley mixture over tomatoes.
6. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over tomatoes.
*You may adjust oil, vinegar, salt and garlic to taste.
Protein 1 g