My sister went to Italy on holiday and came back with a bag of fresh homegrown tomatoes. The first ones of the season that my dad has grown. He has a large field where he grows organic vegetables. Now that he is retired this is a full time job for him as he grows so many vegetables.
When I sank my teeth into a tomato I thought... oh my God, this is heaven! They really did taste of the sun, of goodness and of real proper tomatoes. The ones I find in England in supermarkets are hard, have lots of water in them and no flavour at all, this is why I stopped buying them; I only buy the ones grown in the height of summer possibly from the isle of Wight where there is more sunshine.
I used dad's tomatoes straight away in a classic super simple salad. If you have good ingredients to start with you can be sure that anything you prepare will be good.
To this salad you can add anything you like: olives and mozzarella are great. All you need is good quality sun ripen tomatoes and good extra virgin olive oil too.
TIP: When you slice the tomatoes put them in a colander for a few minutes to drain so your salad won't be too watery.
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Yield : 2
Wash the tomatoes and cut them into large chunks. You can also slice them if you prefer. Put them in a colander for a couple of minutes. Peel and slice the onion into rings.
Put the tomatoes and the onion in a serving bowl, add a pinch of salt, a grind of pepper, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of vinegar, the torn basil leaves, mix well. Put it in the fridge for 10 minutes before serving. If it is slightly chilled it will be more refreshing.
Enjoy! And don't forget to mop the juices.. make a scarpetta or "little shoe" with bread.