Growing up, I ate good food. I was spoiled in that regard. My family has always had a garden and for sure tomatoes have been a staple. My Uncle Pete, sicilian, was an influence as well and to this day I have never been able to replicate his rigatoni. However, his tomato salad has been a constant in my kitchen for years now. We supplied the tomatoes, he made the salad. That’s how it worked. I spoke with him recently and got a refresher. He informed me after all these years, that it was his mothers favorite.
“Only two things money can’t buy, That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes” – Guy Clark
The origins of the tomato can be traced back to Central South America and were cultivated by the Aztecs.
- The french believed them to be a powerful aphrodisiac, and called them “pomme d’amour” or love apple.
- The Latin name is lycopersican escutentum, or “edible wolf’s peach”.
- Tomatoes are full of Lycopene, believed to be a powerful antioxident, and is why they turn red as the they ripen.
All you’ll need 🍅
3 – 4 fully ripe Big Beef, or Beef Steak tomatoes, cut in quarters
Half of a medium Red Onion, thinly sliced
Fresh basil, shredded
Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle
Salt & Pepper for seasoning
And 2 – 3 teaspoons of water.
Voila, a bowl full of love apples!
Clean, fresh, healthy, what more could you want?
The weather is changing, windows are opening, and food for me, takes on an entirely different style. Part of the secret in this simple, yet spectacular salad is that all the ingredients are fresh and of high quality.
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