Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer

To make a superior tomato salad that is full of flavor, buy locally grown tomatoes that are of different shapes, sizes, and colors. This will make the salad visually interesting as well as delicious!

The following tomato salad is a perfect side dish. Alternately, serve as an dinner entree or light lunch with a few mozzarella balls or freshly toasted bread.

Simple and Fresh Tomato Salad
Recipe Type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
This recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s [i]Mothership Tomato Salad[/i] in [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/Jamie-Home-Cook-Your-Good/dp/1401322425/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312687650&sr=8-1″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]Jamie at Home[/url].
  • 2.2 pounds (1 kilo) Ripe tomatoes of different shapes, sizes, and colors
  • [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SWTKV0/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000SWTKV0&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20&linkId=2NFTZ4CEKPYPWTQW” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]Sea salt[/url]
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Dried oregano, a pinch
  • 1/8 cup Red wine or Balsamic vinegar
  • 3/8 cup [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B16IAAY/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B16IAAY&linkCode=as2&tag=keeofthehom-20&linkId=YC57KQDDRYBEZMKE” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]Extra virgin olive oil[/url]
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and grated
  • 1 fresh red chili pepper, deseeded and chopped
  1. Cut tomatoes into various sizes; slice some in half and others into quarters.[br][br][url href=”https://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_67061-300×212.jpg”][img src=”https://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_67061-300×212.jpg” width=”300″ height=”212″ class=”alignnone size-medium” title=”IMG_6706″][/url]
  2. Place a colander on top of a bowl. Add tomatoes to colander and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Toss the tomatoes gently and sprinkle another pinch of sea salt over them. Toss again.
  3. Leave tomatoes to sit for 15 minutes. (This will draw out extra moisture and concentrate the tomato’s flavor.)
  4. Once the 15 minutes has passed, pour out any juice that has accumulated.
  5. Place the tomatoes into a large bowl and sprinkle oregano over them.
  6. In a separate bowl whisk together the red wine or balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add the garlic and chili pepper, stir to distribute.
  7. Drizzle the dressing over the tomatoes to your taste (you may have some leftover). Toss to combine.
  8. Sprinkle a few sprigs of fresh oregano or basil over the top if desired.[br][br][url href=”https://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_6728-Copy1-300×225.jpg”][img src=”https://www.keeperofthehome.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IMG_6728-Copy1-300×225.jpg” width=”300″ height=”225″ class=”alignnone size-medium” title=”IMG_6728-Copy”][/url]
  9. Serve and enjoy!

How do you like to serve tomatoes in the summer?