Tasty Tangents

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Tomato time!

Tomato salad

Tomato salad

It’s tomato season…finally!

Everyone in southern Ontario knows it’s been a wet and chilly summer up until the last week or so. That’s meant no early August garden tomatoes, sigh. But the big red wonders finally seem to be here, and I can’t help but marvel at the night and day difference between the imports and the local or home grown varieties.

It’s almost like some higher power saying “Look at what you could be getting if you just ate local and seasonally.” I know I’ve ranted about it before, but this rant was really just an excuse to post a picture of a vibrant, red tomato salad. It’s dressed with salt, olive oil, a couple of crushed garlic cloves and some julienned fresh basil. I suggest serving it with crispy Italian bread for dipping and you’ve got it made in the shade.


  1. Hey I really enjoyed the writing about tomatoes and I agree there is nothing like fresh tomatoes from the garden to the salad bowl in less than 5 kilometres. Today I combined the fresh tomatoes with some fresh eggplant that my neighbour picked in his garden. The result is a wonderful, fragrant sauce for just about anything. Thanks for making the comments and sharing them.

  2. The salad was delicious. I am not a tomato fan (despite loving ketchup and salsa), but the way you prepared them was amazing.

  3. If you want to make a pasta dish (as you know I love pasta), which is like this tomato salad, just add some garlic and chop up the tomatoes a bit more and then add your cooked pasta. It’s sooooo… delicious. It was my mom’s invention (I think – I never saw her use a cook book so I’m guessing it was her creation). Buon appetito!