I “heart” tomatoes…

If you still have tomatoes in your garden, 
you won't want to forget to use this recipe.
Doesn't Alex's dish look delish! 
(did I tell you he is a great photographer?)

Heirloom Tomatoes and Feta Cheese Salad - by Alex Collins
I referenced a food network chef's recipe, Ina Garten, for this but made a tweak or two... 

Here's what I used:

1 pound of cherry heirloom tomatoes
Low Fat Feta Cheese (you can use as much or little as you want)
1/4 red onion minced 
(deflamed, meaning you place the cut onion in cold water to soak with a splash of cider vinegar)
1/8 C Fresh Basil
1/8 C Fresh Parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste

Didn't do any measuring but...
About 1/2 C Olive oil
About 1/3 C of Trader Joe's Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar 
(any good champagne vinegar would work)
1 clove roasted garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste

To start, throw the garlic (in its papery skin) on a skillet over medium heat. 
Let it cook on all sides until it's soft and the paper has burned. Remove from heat and let cool. 
While it's cooking, mince the red onion. Once minced, place in a bowl and cover with water. 
Add a splash or two of vinegar 
(I usually use Apple Cider Vinegar, but tonight I used the same vinegar that's in the dressing). 
Place in refrigerator to soak and let the onion lose it's bite.
Meanwhile, water and slice all tomatoes in half, or quarters (depending on size). 
Place in large bowl. Add feta cheese, basil, parsley and salt and pepper to mixture. Toss well. 

Combine Olive Oil and Vinegar and mix well. Remove garlic from burned papery wrapped. 
Rough chop it and add to the dressing mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
The longer you leave it marinating the more the garlic flavor infuses. Set aside...

Drain red onion and rinse under cold water. Add to tomato salad mixture. 
Toss salad with as much or little dressing as you like. 
It was really good without any dressing, making this a great salad that's guilt free!

This is one side dish that's easy to make, goes with everything, and is visually stunning!

3 Responses to “I “heart” tomatoes…”

  1. Carrie Andresen Says:

    Thanks for the good idea Patti!

  2. susan Says:

    I don’t know if it’s just me, but I could not get the words on the right side of the recipe.

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