An Easy Tomato Salad, just like the title states, is quick and to prepare. I am certain that you have seen many dishes with cheeses, other fruits, and vegetables and said to yourself, gee! I don’t have time to cut and slice all those ingredients.
Today, you are in luck. A tomato salad does not always need to have 6 to 8 ingredients. How about 2 to 4 ingredients? I am referring to salt, pepper, oil and even scallions or parsley. You can even splash a little bit of vinegar for an exotic taste.
Tomatoes are juicy and flavorful by themselves. A Tomato is sometimes referred as fruit or a vegetable. They are a staple food or ingredient in many cuisines. Tomatoes have many health benefits. Tomatoes are said to have properties that can reduce inflammation, fight cancer, boost your immune and many more other properties.
When my father was alive, he would eat at least a large tomato every day and also cook with a lot of tomatoes. I have noticed that although everyone in the family love tomatoes, my oldest nephew, in particular, can eat them the same way he would eat fruits. Preparing a salad with tomatoes is a challenge when my nephew is around because most of the tomatoes would be gone before the mixture is ready. It’s surprising that he has not turned into a plant yet. LOL
A tomato salad can be prepared with the simplest ingredients. These simple ingredients, usually found either in your pantry or refrigerator, are salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, parsley, and scallions. Adding parsley or chives is also a good option since they both have a lovely aroma.
The taste of the scallions alone will make you want to eat more tomatoes. It gives the tomatoes such an incredible kick and taste that you will no longer want to add onions your tomato salad.
How about salt and pepper? Well, you can just be making your tomato sauce in your stomach. And don’t forget the oil. A drizzle of good olive oil goes a long way. What about vinegar?
Over the years, I have experimented with several kinds of vinegar. I have found that fruity types of vinegar do not add much acidity to the tomatoes. Fruity kinds of vinegar add a delightful taste that it is very pleasant to the palette. No need to drench them in vinegar, just a splash will do. The types of kinds of vinegar I usually use are passion fruit vinegar, fig vinegar, cherry vinegar, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, champagne vinegar and pear vinegar. Balsamic vinegar has an intense flavor, and its taste can overwhelm the palette. It is recommended to use proper measurements. Rice vinegar and champagne vinegar add a pleasant and delicious taste to sliced tomatoes.
Check out the recipe after reading this post. The dish is prepared with sliced tomatoes, salt, pepper, oil, balsamic vinegar, parsley, and scallions. Slice the tomatoes any way you want, mix a little bit of oil with balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper and drizzle.
Serve this Easy Tomato Salad with your main course anytime.
Easy Tomato Salad, the perfect and refreshing side dish
- 4 - 6 very ripe heirloom tomatoes
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 2 greens onion including green parts, chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tsp finely chopped parsley
- Balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Slice the tomatoes, capturing the juices.
- Layer the tomatoes on a platter. Sprinkle them with sugar and salt to taste. Sprinkle the green onions and the parsley and the captured juices as you arrange them.
- Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar and then drizzle generously with olive oil.
- Let stand at room temperature until ready to serve, up to 2 hours.
If preferred use any preferred fruity vinegar for an exotic taste.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma.