Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tomato basil salad

This is an exceptionally delicious summer salad. Especially, if it is from your home grown garden, makes it even more tastier.... It is better than having the GMO( genetically modified crop) or the store bought, fake ripened tomatoes. I have grown these tomatoes last summer and had a bountiful of fresh tomatoes from my very own deck yard, yeah, you read it right ! My backyard was not ready  for planting and used my deck for growing some  fresh veggies last summer.  It gives me ultimate satisfaction to see the plants grow and bear fruit; sharing and enjoying the recipe with friends and family is yet another beautiful experience !
My backyard getting ready...
My newly laid backyard lawn
Shamrock and mini roses
Blooming tomato plants and topsy turvy tomato plant
 Fresh herbs from my garden

Tomatoes are used widely and extensively used in cooking all around the world . Say it, Mediterranean, Greek, Italian, Southeast Asian, and East European cuisine.Tomatoes have acceptance around the globe.  Think of Italians, reminds us of tomatoes... I have yet to come across an Italian who don't use tomatoes .... Other than the various culinary uses, it is excellent source of antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.  For the dieters,  secret... come closer, let me tell in your ear... it is low in calories, fat content and zero cholesterol !

Tomatoes are rich in water content and  makes refreshing salad  to consume on hot summer days. Whether you love it cut, thinly chopped, diced, sliced or drizzled it on pasta, pizza, or add it freshly sliced on your burgers, make gravies in Indian curries - eating tomatoes regularly is good for your heath. This salad recipe is a beautiful way to capture the flavours of the fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs.
Tomato basil salad 
               3 -4  tomatoes, washed and cut into wedges
               1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
               2 tbsp  crumbled feta cheese
               1 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
               1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
               1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

Combine tomato, basil, feta cheese, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl; toss until tomato wedges are evenly coated. Serve chilled.

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