A few weeks ago while in Sedona my mom and I had a wonderful tomato salad as an appetizer before my birthday dinner. Of course being Paleo we had them split the salad for us because my mom the cheese lover had cheese with her tomato salad while I stuck with just the tomato and basil. It was such a refreshing salad that we had it again a few days later. I’ve been thinking about that salad since I got home so while walking through the produce section at my local Whole Foods this weekend I almost jumped and rejoiced when I saw that the heirloom tomatoes where on sale. With only a few remaining I quickly gathered a few that looked good and stored away in my cart. The remaining time spent at Whole Foods was spent daydreaming about the tomato salad I was going to recreate once I got home. Amazing how the smallest things can brighten your day…and funny that it’s food! Once home, it didn’t take much to put this salad together. You only need 5 ingredients and maybe 5 to 10 minutes to prepare and presto you have great appetizer, side dish, or even a main dish! I know summer has pretty much ended which means tomato “season” has ended too but with temperatures still way up there here in South Florida it still feels like summer which makes this salad perfect!
Heirloom Tomato Basil Salad
2 to 3 heirloom tomatoes
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
Cut tomatoes in slices in thickness of choice. Place on a large plate or in a bowl and drizzle olive oil and balsamic over tomatoes. Use the amount you like, some like more some like less so use according to your liking. You can always use less and add more. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in refrigerator for about 30 minutes and before serving sprinkle freshly chopped basil over tomatoes. Serve and enjoy by themselves or as a side dish.
Note: And for my non-Paleo followers out there….add some fresh mozzarella to this salad and I’m sure you can make a meal out of this…that’s what my mom does