Tomatoes Can Break Your Heart

Fresh Tomato Salad Recipe

August 7, 2013   9 Comments

Snack Girl has a love affair with tomatoes. Sorry, Tom Cruise, I lust after a summer tomato.

If Tom was to show up on my doorstep with a summer tomato, well........

One of my pals drives around with a salt cellar in his glove compartment so that when he sees a farmstand - he is ready to devour that taste explosion which can be had from a fresh picked tomato (and a dash of salt).

Other than just slicing and eating tomatoes, I like to make “bruschetta” which is an antipasto from Italy. Italians know what to do with tomatoes and this tomato salad on bread is divine.

The key, of course, is the tastiest tomato you can find. Pay a little more for one of those heirloom varieties or make friends with a vegetable gardener. Promise to pull a few weeds if you can get a few tomatoes.

I promise you will swoon.

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Bruschetta Recipe

Makes 10 rounds

10 slices of really good bread
1 clove garlic

2 pounds fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (or whatever vinegar you have)
salt and pepper to taste

Toast bread and rub garlic on one side. Mix tomatoes, basil, olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper and let marinate for 3 or more hours. If you do not have time for marinating, don’t worry about it.

Spoon tomato mixture onto toast and serve.

For one round: 45 calories, 0.9 g fat, 8.1 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g protein, 1.3 g fiber, 66 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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9 Comments:

YUM! I have several varieties growing at the moment and it has been an excellent season up here in Toronto. They are just ripening now but I must admit as soon as some turn slightly orange I am in there picking and putting on my window ledge to ripen faster. Love your recipes!!!

on August 7, 2013

I feel you, Snack Girl. As a 10 year old, I boldly sat in a neighbor's garden with a salt shaker and ate his tomatoes off the vine. Have repented of the stealing but not the love affair with summer tomatoes.

on August 7, 2013

I am looking forward to my first round of bruschetta - I plan to put it on top of grilled chicken for a lower carb version. I can't get those green tomatoes in my garden to turn red fast enough. Mmmmm....

on August 7, 2013

I am swooning and must try your SG recipe! ...and I am happy to know I am not crazy to carry my salt shaker through the garden :-)

(in case someone missed this recipe the other day) This salsa recipe is so delicious...especially made with the fresh garden tomatoes!

http://partykitchen.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/tomato-harvest-salsa/

on August 7, 2013

I'm with you on the tomato love affair!I have a coworker that had been bringing me garden tomatoes. Every night I slice and sprinkle with salt and spend a minute in heaven :)

on August 7, 2013

Tomatoes are my all time favorite! I wish that there was a way to eat them like apples :-)

on August 7, 2013

Robert, that's how my kids eat em!! Just like an apple :-) They don't even use salt. We love our tomatoes 'round these parts! Lol

on August 7, 2013

we were driving by a farm stand yesterday and my husband asked "why haven't WE got any red tomatoes yet?" me and my kids just looked at each other and laughed because we've had tons, but they never make it in the house- we just pick them and eat them!

on August 8, 2013

I'm a HUGE Better Boy girl. It's the only kind I will grow. I've never tasted tomato that I like as much as those.

I live in an apartment now and gardens aren't allowed (even container gardens) so I have to wait another year before I can grow my own. I'm looking forward to it again! I miss having a sour stomach because I've eaten far too many of them.

on August 8, 2013


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