Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mediterranean Tomato Salad

We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - (the tomatoes-the basil-the-onions-the olives-the cheese) to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences. Jane Elliott

We in the Midwest have been blessed with a gloriously warm spring.  The trees are flowering.  The grass is green and luscious.  The deck has been "dressed" for al fresco lunches.  It is warmer than we typically get this time of year.  So salads have been on my mind.  While the tomatoes are store bought and not home grown or farmer's market gotten, they are perfect for the warm weather salad we have been yearning for this spring.  So let us begin:

What do you get when you take this:

You then add this

And a few more items? A delicious Mediterranean Tomato Salad!  Try it, you will love this delectable salad.

Mediterranean Tomato Salad

2 Large Tomatoes,sliced 1/4 inch thick
Basil Leaves, one for each slice of tomato
Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese, sliced  1/4 inch thick, one for each slice of tomato
3 Green Onions, thinly sliced
Big Handful of whole, pitted olives
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper

In accordion style, layer 1 bay leaf, 1 slice mozzarella cheese, 1 slice tomato.  Repeat and lay gently around the edge of a flat bowl or  medium size round plate.  Toss green onions over the top of the bay leaf, mozzarella cheese and tomato slices.  Toss olives over the top and around edges of prepared salad.  Pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar evenly around the salad.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve.

Serves: 4-6
Cost per Serving: $1.25

“Watching Italians eat (especially men, I have to say) is a form of tourism the books don't tell you about. They close their eyes, raise their eyebrows into accent marks, and make sounds of acute appreciation. It's fairly sexy. Of course I don't know how these men behave at home, if they help with the cooking or are vain and boorish and mistreat their wives. I realized Mediterranean cultures have their issues. Fine, don't burst my bubble. I didn’t want to marry these guys, I just wanted to watch."  Barbara Kingsolver

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