Welcome to the Italian Cookery column with Silvia Todesco, and this month a wonderfully vibrant fresh tomato salad.
Simply Delicious Tomato and Basil Salad
Hi everyone! Yes! It’s summer and many of you have some very sunny weather. Oh Lord, it seems impossible that even your appetite can be jeopardize by the extremely high temperatures!
Of course Italians have their ways to make you hungry even if you are hot 😉 and this salad is the perfect example of a light meal full of taste and vitamins and at the same time very refreshing: in other words, perfect as a light lunch or side dish. Not to mention that it’s so colorful and bright that it will light up your table and be perfect also as appetizer or side dish during a cook out! Grab some tomatoes, capers, green olives, red onions, fresh basil and Italian dressing, and your colorful salad is ready! For this recipe you don’t need quantities… just fill your plate with sliced tomatoes (better if the heirloom kind) as much as you want and decorate it with the other ingredients… I hope you will like it as much as I do!
- ripe heirloom tomatoes
- green olives (deprived of their water)
- capers (deprived of their water)
- fresh basil
- sea salt to taste
- olive oil to taste
- a sprinkle of red wine vinegar
- finely sliced red onion
- optional: black pepper to taste
- Wash the tomatoes, take away the stem and slice them 1/4″ thick.
- Arrange the tomatoes nicely in a dish, and spread on top the red onions first, then the capers, green olives, and basil.
- Dust with a pinch of sea salt (and black pepper if you’d like), sprinkle with red wine vinegar, “give it a round” of extravergin olive oil and serve it!
It’s impressive how such a simple dish it’s so delicious!
LEARNT IT, MADE IT, LOVE IT!
- If you don’t like the idea of a vegetarian salad, you can pair this dish with hard boiled eggs or tuna in olive oil… it would turn even better!
- This salad can be prepared all year long but of course it’s better if made during the tomatoes season… seasonal produce always have a better taste!
How about you? Do you have a favorite summer salad that you like to enjoy in the most hot days? Please, feel free to let me know you thoughts by leaving a comment… I really enjoy learning others tastes and recipes!
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About Silvia Todesco
I’m Silvia, I come from Veneto Region (from Bassano del Grappa precisely, one hour by car far from Venice), and I moved to Iowa in 2011, because of my husband’s job necessities.
I’ve grown up watching my great-grandmother, my grandmother, and my mother cooking for my family every day, searching carefully for ingredients and preparing fresh food. That was their way to show us how much they cared (and care) about us, and to carry on a tradition. I cannot recall a festivity without relatives everywhere and tons of delicious food to eat!
But my way was different I graduated with honors at the University of Law of Padua, and (obviously) I became a lawyer. As a professional, I used to work 14 hours a day, and, of course, the time I could dedicate to my family (and cooking) was almost none.
Then fate brought us here, and finally I’ve found myself. All my background came up, and I realized that taking care of my family is the most satisfying job I could do, especially because it entails cooking healthy and good food!
So I started to practice what I learned when I was young, and surprised myself in making all those meals that characterized my youth.
Integration in a new society is not easy, but it was nice for us to discover how much Italians are loved abroad! And since every new person we have met asked me if I was a good cook, and told me that they love Italian food, well, I decided to share my Italian cooking culture and recipes with you!
Of course, you won’t need to be an expert to follow my recipes! What I’m writing about is our daily menus- recipes made with simple and few ingredients, most of the time cheap and healthy (because the food is not processed).
Plus, considering my passion for cooking, I will also share with you new recipe I discovered in magazines, websites, or shared by friends, and in this case I will always describe you the origin of my posts objects.
In addition, I promise not only to write about Italian food, but especially to give suggestions related to where and how to find the right ingredients and tools you will need. I really hope that you will enjoy my tips!
Connect to Silvia
You can find all the recipes for a four course Italian meal in this file and also Silvia’s monthly posts. Italian Cookery with Silvia Todesco
Thanks for dropping in and I hope you will enjoy making this simple but delicious summer recipe.. thanks Sally.