Heirloom Tomato Salad
I’m pretty sure we can all agree that salads are a go-to food in summer. Who wants to stand in a hot kitchen cooking up hot food and eating it when you’re feeling hot? Yeah, nobody. So, there’s no doubt that there are endless variations of salads, and personally, I love to add tomatoes. A plain tomato salad can be boring though, because tomatoes can be quite watery and not very flavorful. Luckily, they usually are full of flavor in summer. Especially if you get them fresh from a market.
Recently the company I work for moved to new offices downtown and it’s the best thing ever. The building is literally right next to the farmer’s market. There’s are two big food halls with international delis and regional meat and of course lots of stalls that offer fresh fruit and vegetables. While they all offer delicious things, there is that one stall that is my absolute favorite. I admit, that’s mostly because it’s the prettiest of them all because the owners display their goods so beautifully, but also because they sell heirloom tomatoes!
If you don’t know what’s so special about those tomatoes, hear me out. They’re basically “old versions” of tomatoes, a non-hybrid heirloom cultivar of tomato. You may know those weird purple looking carrots or corn? Same thing with tomatoes. They come in various shapes, sizes and colors and don’t just look pretty, they taste much much better (sweeter) than regular tomatoes you can get at any store. It’s that lack of genetic mutation! So good in so many ways.
I don’t have a favorite type (yet), I usually get a few of each color. Since they all taste delicious I go for the best looking, haha! Cut up in slices and not wedges (imagine cutting apple rings or orange slices for a cocktail or something) and together with very thin onion rings and a light vinaigrette it’ll be your favorite summer salad right away! I hope you can find such delicious tomatoes where you live!
- 6-8 heirloom tomatoes, depending on size
- 1 small red onion
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 4 tbs white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs dried or fresh oregano
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder or a small clove of fresh garlic
- Optional: Crumbled feta
- Cut tomatoes in slices, like a lemon or orange. Don't cut it in half first, it's easiest from the end towards the stem.
- Cut red onion the same way, but slice very thinly.
- Put tomatoes and onion into a bowl or deep plate, add the rest of the ingredients and mix carefully. If you like, you can top it with some feta, it sure adds a little something. Enjoy!